Jesse White, 79, the character actor best known as television's lonely Maytag repairman whose phone never rang, died of a heart attack Jan. 8 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Born Jesse Marc Weidenfeld in Buffalo, he appeared in more than 60 films, including the 1950 film version of "Harvey," starring Jimmy Stewart, and dozens of television shows.

But he was best known as the stir-crazy Maytag repairman who had nothing to do, or so the television ads claimed, because Maytag appliances were so well-built they never broke. Mr. White appeared in 68 of the ads between 1967 and 1989. PETER CAIN Painter

Peter Cain, 37, a painter whose images of oddly incomplete cars spurred a revival of realism among younger painters, died Jan. 5 at a hospital in New York. He had been in a coma since Jan. 2, when he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage.

Mr. Cain's style of painting grew from both surrealism and Pop Art, and took customizing and streamlining to their extremes. He used a large-scale profile of a luxurious car minus its passenger compartment as a frequent motif.

His paintings have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art and in several galleries. JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN Nite-Glow Inventor

Joseph Goldstein, 101, a shoe wholesaler who invented glow-in-the-dark slippers, died Jan. 7 in Boston. The cause of death was not reported.

Mr. Goldstein invented a line of slippers called Nite-Glow, with luminous patches easy to find in the dark. It was an innovation that enjoyed wide, if brief, success. ALVINIO MISCIANO Tenor

Alvinio Misciano, 87, a singing teacher of superstar opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, was killed Jan. 10 in a fall from a window of his home in Milan, Italian television said.

It said Mr. Misciano, an accomplished tenor of the 1950s and 1960s, apparently had suffered a dizzy spell before he lost his balance and plunged to his death from the upper window. STANLEY K. STRACHAN Financial Writer

Stanley K. Strachan, 58, a financial writer who exposed fraud and mismanagement in the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s, died Jan. 7 at a hospital in New York after a stroke.

In 1976, Mr. Strachan and two partners founded National Thrift News, a weekly now called National Mortgage News.

In 1987, he was the first to report a meeting between five U.S. senators and Charles H. Keating Jr., a savings and loan executive whose fraud convictions were dismissed last year. He also was the first to report tax concessions from the government to buyers of ailing banks.

Mr. Strachan and his staff won the 1988 George K. Polk Award for breaking those stories. He contributed articles on banking to many papers, including the Journal of Commerce, the New York Post and the New York Times.