Jerry Whaling

Jerome (Jerry) James Whaling (72 years old) Chatham, Ontario – With heavy hearts, Bev, Scott and Jeff lost their father, husband and friend on Wednesday, May 9th evening at Chatham Hospice. Jerry was 2nd son born to parents Ray and Dorothy Whaling of Chatham/Amherstburg, Ontario. Husband to Bev (Gullick), father to Jeffrey James (Leamington) and Robert Scott (Langley, B.C.). Brother to Mike & Cherly of Austin, Texas, Bill and Darlene of Naaleku, Hawaii, Rick (deceased) & Joan of Pettawawa, Ontario, Liz (deceased) and Marc Boileau of Guelph, Ontario. Survived by many neices and nephews, and cousins. Beloved pet owner of both Tulah (Westie), Finnegan (Scottie) dogs and Peaches his favourite kitty. Boy Scout Leader for 4 years in the Chatham area – Troup #17 – St. Joe’s Auditorium. Recently awarded 50-year pin for his Inter-provincial Plumber’s Certificate for Local 552 – Windsor. This trade he learned from his Father Ray and his Uncle Pat’s business (Whaling and Sons, Chatham, Ontario). He often talked of the few people in his life that taught him the “trade” from this same company. If you knew Jerry well, you will remember his tremendous love of vehicles and cars. This was his passion for sure. He was affiliated with the Chatham militia at 16 years old. Took awards for sharp shooting in highschool. Jerry was a scuba diver enthusiast aiding and volunteering for the OPP. Volunteer for Heart and Stroke foundation along with the Kidney Foundation. Held tickets for TSSA Welding Inspector, crain operator ticket, gas fitter, and welding tickets. One of the original members of the Chatham Satin Shifters Car Club (Payne Street). Aqua Rover swim member taking awards for Australian Crawl and backstroke. A member of the Chatham Imperial Club.

We would like to invite family and friends to a gathering happening: Friday, May 18th at the Links of Kent, (Chatham) from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Cremation has occurred and interment will take place at a later date. Jerry had a kind heart for people and children less fortunate, so we’d like to suggest donations be made to these organizations: Make a Wish, Chatham Kent Hospice or the new SPCA building project in Chatham.

51 Comments on “Jerry Whaling”

  1. Bev, We are sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Matthew & Maria Tape

  2. Bev, we are so very sorry to see that Jerry had passed away, a wonderful neighbour and friend from Peirone Cres. Days.

  3. Dear Bev and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Brian was a scuba diver with Jerry, Dave Nagle, Bob Weedon, Mike O’Neal and Bob Dickson in the late 60’s and early 70’s. We shared a lot of great memories and I was present for a lot of their dives. They enjoyed a pontoon boat that they kept at Jerry’s parents place and had a great time together. They had formed a club and sold air for the scuba tanks and did numerous dives for the OPP. We enjoyed our time together and will be time that Brian and I will cherish. We moved away and lost contact. All great memories. I have never met you Bev, but I’m sure you must be a wonderful person since Jerry was a great person and it was a pleasure to have known him.

    Brian and Pauline Heyd – North Bay Ontario.

  4. Dear Bev,

    Thinking of all the many adventures, mishaps, challenges, and laughs with Gerry in pipe fitting! Gerry told it like it was, got the job done, and loved nothing more than harassing Flint.

    We will miss his surprise visits to the lake… hope to continue you the visits with you!

    Take care. See you, soon.

    Wes and Bev Fathers

  5. I didn’t know Jerry well but enjoyed the little time I had.
    Looking forward to the day we get to see him again.
    My thoughts and deepest, sincerest sympathies go out to his whole family and friends.

    Penny Villeneuve

  6. Dear Bev and family
    We are very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I hope you find peace in your memories and comfort in your friends and family.

    Rick and Bev Cattoor

  7. Bev….I am so very sorry for your loss. My mom, Sharon Knowler and brother Jay and I send you our deepest condolences.
    My dad, Gary Knowler (who just passed away last May 18) and Jerry were “2 peas in a pod”. They were both tough but loving “sons a bitches” that worked hard and played harder. They are now together, having a rye and water and reconnecting on great times and memories. Remember Jerry in his glory days. He would like that.

    Love Darren

  8. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time
    Stu and Jo-Ann Patterson

  9. Bev and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Please know you are in my thoughts during this difficult time.
    Carla-Jo McLaren

  10. Bev, Jeff & Scott:
    Keeping you close in thoughts & prayers as you journey through this time of loss. We were hoping to be able to see you & share remembrances of Jerry but we will be in Ottawa on the 18th. Les has many fond memories of working with Jerry at Whaling’s. He was also glad they had a chance for a visit at the Imperial Club last year. He will be missed.
    Les & Karen Wood

  11. Please accept our deepest condolences for your recent loss! You are in our prayers… we sincerely care about your well-being. Keep strong, Bev, and take it one day at a time. Recall upbeat memories to sustain and comfort. Jerry will be missed!

  12. With a heavy heart, deepest sympathies to his whole family. The world lost a terrific person. Jerry was the first person I met when I joined the Satin Shifter’s in 1963, a lot a great memories, will miss him greatly.

  13. I am so very sorry Bev for your loss and will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Dear Bev, so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. Our thought and prayers are with you.
    Gerva and Guy Shields

  15. Hi Bev, our prayers are with you in these tough times. I want to tell you a time I shared with Jerry and Flint. We travelled to northern Ontario to work up at the steel mill. We loaded my pop up trailor and hooked up. Big tough Boomers got Homesick to the cadillac and headed north. They promised us O/T but cut it off after we arrived. We set up in a campground and worked the next 6 days. no O/T on Sunday so here we were sitting across from each other at a picnic table early in the morning. Flint went up front to call Margie. Jerry looked at the kids playing and then at me. I said to him “Well what do you think?” He replied “lets do it” We packed up the camper, hooked it to the car then waited for Flint. Flint came back and was suprised and Jerry said ” were going home to the wives and kids NOW!” So we hit the road South. Poor Flint, what we put him through. Big tough Boomers got Homesick for our families. I will miss him.

  16. Bev, Scott, Jeff and families. I am so very sorry for you loss. I have such fond memories or “uncle” Jerry. Sending you love. Julie Uniac-Clarke

  17. Bev and boys,
    Our deepest sympathies on Jerry’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Bill & Cindy

  18. Sorry for your loss Bev, and Family.
    A well respected man and lots of fun to work with, always the smile
    Tom Snaden

  19. Bev so very sorry for your loss, I knew Jerry from the car club, he always had a smile on his face and was looking to see everybody.

    May he rest in peace, Brett and Connie Erickson!

  20. Rest in Peace brother! My deepest condolences to the Whalen family! I had the privilege of working alongside Jerry at the Ethanol plant when we built it, he was my union steward and a great job he did.
    Steve Donaghey

  21. So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing, my most sincere condolences to Bev and boys. I have many great memories of Jerry, from the first time I ever went scuba diving, power shifting in the ’66 vette and the purchase of his old Chevy stepside. I’ll be keeping that old truck forever and the memories too. Rest In Peace my friend.

  22. My deepest condolences to Jerry’s family. So sad to hear of his passing,Jerry was a great guy ,we shared a lot of old plumbers stories throughout the years . He will be sadly missed.

  23. Bev, Jeff, & Scott: Thinking of you at this sad time and the loss you feel. Jerry was one nice talented guy! Remember talking to Jerry at a R & M Classic Car event & how proud he was of his beauties! He was proud of his beauties in his family life as well!
    Think of the fun memories you had together as you go through these difficult days. Jerry would like that!
    RIP Jerry.
    Claudia & John Kearns

  24. Had many fun times with old cars and Jerry. He can rev things up where he is now,
    Condolences to Bev and family.

  25. Dear Bev: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband Death truly is our enemy, its only kindness a cessation of suffering for those in pain We look forward to the day when there will be no more suffering OR death. During these trying days, know that you are in our prayers and that you can rely on the love of the worldwide brotherhood of which we are all a part. Your brothers and sisters: Jim & Jean (Fairbairn) Weldon, John & Maureen Fairbairn, and Jo Fairbairn.

  26. Bev, Scott and Left. Our thoughts, are with you every second. Jerry, had a sparkle in his eye. Even, though, how sick Jerry was ,he was helping others , and had a fight in him, not to give up!
    Della and Catherine

  27. Bev- So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. A wonderful neighbor.(Peirone Cres) Many fond memories of Jerry and Mom. My deepest condolences Bev to you, Scott, Jeff and family.

  28. Bev – we are so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We will miss him at A&W on Thursday nights. Our thought and prayers are with you.

  29. Keith & Sandy Griffith

    Bev we are thinking about you at this difficult time, we were so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing.

  30. Its hard to say good-bye when there’s a special connection. I wasn’t expecting Jerry’s sudden passing. I grieve with you, Bev. I’ve met some of your friends and family over the last weeks of Jerry’s life. Jerry was so happy to see them all, reminiscing of happy times. When you told me of his passing, I was overcome with grief. He will be missed. It’s been a pleasure being there for both of you.
    Shelly Chruscik aka ‘INR Nurse’

  31. Bev & family:
    Please know that at a time when words are hard to find…Rob and I want you to know you’re in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness…love you kiddo!

  32. Bev – our deepest condolences in hearing about Jerry’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers Are with you.

  33. Bev, I just heard about Jerry. I am so sorry for your loss. He had been in such pain for quite a while and you can now rest knowing that he is at peace. He will be sadly missed by your family.


    Margaret Ellis

  34. Bev and Family,
    So sorry for the loss of Jerry. We will keep you in our prayers and thoughts.

    Mike and Linda Cartwright

  35. My condolences to the family.
    Unfortunately we were in Scotland a the time, so was unaware of his passing till last night at A&W.
    Great guy. Very kind, and always willing to talk cars.
    Sadly I never made the connection he was Liz’s dad, who had been a friend from high school.
    He will be missed.
    Rick MacFarlane

    1. This is a late response for sure, but I felt a need to read through these lately and I also feel a need to explain that Liz Whaling (Boileau) is/was Jerry’s youngest and only sister not a Father or Dad as you described. Liz passed away July 6, 2016. She suffered from brain. Rick has passed as well. Bill and Mike are the only Whaling’s left from Dorothy and Ray Whaling. Just really missing Jerry right now and went back to read everyone’s kind words via this website…..brings a tear to my eye. It seems to be harder now than the first year for me….strange but true. I’m sorry you couldn’t have made it to Jerry’s send off. It was very well attended. He would have liked that. And yes, he was ALWAYS willing to talk cars… was his first love I can surely say that!

  36. Sad to see a great person has left us ,last seen him at Retro a few years ago . I gave him pictures of the Satin Shifters i had taken when we were in club . He helped me with car show and at club. He was at Rossini,s when i picked up my 32 ford that Carlo had.
    Jerry Holland

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