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.