• Demaine Funeral Home
    Springfield, VA
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Douglas F. Whalen 1950 - 2014

Douglas F. Whalen

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Friday, April 11, 2014
Doug was the coolest manager. I loved talking hockey with him and playing darts in his office.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I wouldn't have gotten my first job without Doug. Doug hired me and basically went on faith that I was a decent guy. I was struck by how encouraging and positive he was. He would prop me up with reminders that I "run a lot", am an Eagle Scout, and was a Division 1 Varsity athlete for rowing. When I was being interviewed by the government side, he claimed that they "were impressed with me". All of this was a confidence booster. I know he did this same kind of thing for other people. I think in general he liked young people and believed in their potential. I also really liked hearing Navy stories as well as his take on historical events, like the sinking of USS INDIANAPOLIS. All of this made my first job seem like a very good catch and really important and meaningful. Not everybody is as thoughtful, caring, and positive as Doug was.

Basically Doug just gave people opportunities. The world makes more money when Doug is in it.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Hi Tish & Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I wanted to take this time to share with you my memories with Doug. I was just an intern at Alion. It was my first summer as an intern there. I didn't know much about the company or where I wanted to end up after college. Doug took the time to teach me about the company and job opportunities that would be a good fit. He took the time to give me advice, even though I know he really didn't have the time.

Doug loved to talk about Laura and Matt. Mainly to me, it was about sports, because Doug always asked me what I played. When I told him I played softball he was so excited to tell me that Laura played. I told him I used to slap hit/bunt. Doug asked me if I could help Laura one time & I did.

My point in sharing all this, my memories with Doug, although they may seem small, my time working with Doug was a great experience for me. I was just starting out in my career & he did not have to take the time to teach, listen & learn from an intern, but he did.

That just shows (which you already know) what a great person & man he is. He taught me that work is important; however, what happens after work is even more. There are people in time that just stick with you forever. One of these people is Doug for me.

I know Doug is watching over all of us, and I am blessed to have known him even if it was just for a little bit. He's probably riding around us in his motorcycle right now.

Thinking of you and your family,
Gina Cogliano
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dear Tish, Laura and Matt,

I was heartbroken to hear of Doug's passing; it is such a truly awful shock. Of the many coaches I worked with at APEX, Doug was one of my favorites. He was always so positive, patient, friendly and silly. He could turn the worst of days into a great one! When I would see his name on the schedule with mine, I knew I was in for a wonderful weekend.

It was also so clear to everyone he met how much he loved and admired his family. He would brag about you all at any chance he got.

I'm so sorry you have to deal with this loss and anyone that knew him feels it too. Please know that there are several people who are here for whatever you need and will be keeping you in our thoughts as well as Doug in our hearts - myself especially.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Dear Whalen Family,

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Doug was a great man, hockey player, and service member. He will be missed. I'm grateful I was able to know him. Stay strong and God bless you, your family, and Doug.
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