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“My condolences to Dave and all of the Whalen family and thoughts from our old days in Westwood. Bob was a wonderful man, and Ruth and my mother were...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Don Swann - Acquaintance

“I will join you Saturday morning at the Funeral Home.May Bob Rest In Peace with the God he served so well ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Robert Hawkins

“Uncle Bob , You were a gentleman . A quiet , kind man ,a class act , an outstanding uncle ! We will miss you very much . ❤Peace & Love...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Joanne Lohan - Plainville, MA

“Good man, worked with Bob at Kinney Vacuum, always enjoyed talking to him. Would sometime see him around Cotuit. RIP ... John Dooley ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: John Dooley - Marstons Millls, MA

“Mr. Whalen,Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the U.S. Army in the Pacific...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mike Casey

“We were sorry to hear about Bob's death. We had just sent him an email on Tuesday.We are Canadian snowbirds from Calgary and got to know Bob several...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Hal and Marjorie Siddall Calgary

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WHALEN, Robert J., age 98 of Laguna Woods, CA formerly of Westwood, MA and Cotuit, MA died peacefully on October 15, 2020 at his son's home in Laguna Beach, CA.

Beloved husband of the late Ruth W. (Whittaker). Devoted father of Robert J. Whalen and his wife Kirsten J. Whalen of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Whalen and his wife Pamela K. Silverman of Pinehurst, NC, David G. Whalen and his wife Barbara E. Burke of Barrington, RI and George N. Whalen of Franklin, MA. Also survived by 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and many thoughtful nieces and nephews. Loving brother of his late siblings Lawrence J. Whalen, Ruth Milligan, Paul A. Whalen, and Thomas F. Whalen Sr.

Bob was born and raised in Boston. During World War II he served as a sergeant in the US Army and fought in the Philippines. After the War, he graduated from Boston University (BA '48) and later achieved designation as a CPA. In the fifties, he married and moved to Westwood and there, together with Ruth, did everything he could to give his family a good and happy life. Bob retired as Vice President of Finance at the Kinney Vacuum Company and then, in 2006, moved to Laguna Woods. There he became an active member of the Laguna Woods Lawn Bowling Club; ultimately serving as its President from 2009 through 2010. Laguna Woods was also the base from which he travelled to attend every graduation, wedding, and major milestone of his grandchildren's lives. We loved him. We are grateful for all he did. We will miss him.

Visiting hours in the Holden-Dunn-Lawler Funeral Home 55 High Rock Street Westwood, MA on October 30, 2020, from 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Margaret Mary Church at 11 AM on October 31, 2020. The mass will be for family only, but it will be live streamed at Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his memory to the Ruth Whittaker Whalen Scholarship at The Brimmer and May School Holden-Dunn-Lawler Funeral Home, (781) 326-0074.