Judy,Tom, & Family:
I recently heard of this horrible tragedy that took over your lives. I am sure you are very proud of all of his accomplishments, but it doesn't make it any easier to bear. I have read some of the legacies and he was quite the man. My heart goes out to all of you, especially his wife and girls. I remember watching Shawn on the ice and he was so small, but could he move.
My prayers and thoughts are with you, and I am sure God has a special place for him in heaven.
Nancy, Gauthier, Ellis
Just finding out about this tragedy through mutual friends.Shawn you are missed! You were courageous, caring & had an amazing heart. Extremely sad to hear about this incident. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.
To the Whaley family,
I can't even recall how many tours I spent with Shawn, it seems like all of them. A consummate professional and one who could be trusted in all circumstances.
I will add my prayers to the many who have lifted you up in your loss.
This life is precious and Shawn lived it with passion.
Jay A. Allen, CDR, USCG (Retired)
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Shawn and I worked closely day to day from 2004 to 2008. I was the Senior Chief and he was the Chief in the AST shop. We shared a small "executive" locker room and I was usually in early. I always felt good when Shawn would arrive because I knew that this workday was going to be both easier on me and lots of fun. Easier on me because Shawn was a master technician, there was not one piece of AST related equipment in which he was not an expert. He was also energetic and proactive, always looking for better ways to do things. And most of all he knew how to get things done. Fun, because he was one of the warmest, most genuine and fun loving people I have ever known. He was never in a bad mood, always up beat and positive. Stay late...come in early, made no difference. He was loved and respected by his fellow AST's and completely dedicated to his shop, the Coast Guard and his family.