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Robert Francis Whitman Sr. 1924 - 2011
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Wednesday, December 07, 2011
All the guestbook entries confirm what I thought about Bob Whitman who was my position coach at Tulane many football seasons ago. I was saddened to hear of his death but uplifted to read about his personal Faith and his true commitment to it.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Dear Ms. Miriam, Bobby, Judy, Mickey, Gerry, Wayne, Murphy, Joanie, and Laura,

I learned today of Mr. Bob's passing. He was one of the first Great Men that I observed in my journey-- an amazing family man and career man.

I must tell you that the Whitmans, not one of the Whitmans, but all of you, were probably my greatest influence in my early life outside of my mom, dad and brothers. Your faith was solid, your togetherness was solid, your habits and morals were solid, and your pursuit of excellence was exemplary. And Ms. Miriam was a magician, because she played music.

Walter Landry Smith
Baton Rouge, La
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Papa i love u so much and will never forget you. You were an amazing man and papa and now your in a better place and thats all i could ever wish for you:)
Love,Sydney
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Dear Laura, Ashley and the entire Whitman family. Bob was A phenomenal husband, father, friend, coach and mentor. He will be missed tremendously by many. Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Dear Judy,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cheryl Toepfer French
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Aug. 17, 2011 Miriam and the entire Whitman family. I found out about Bob's passing today, having been out of town. I have manny memories of Bob. He was one of my Metairie High heroes when I was young. When I worked with him at E.J. he was honest, firm, and always enthusiastic. He will be missed by the many students, players, and co-workers he influenced. Besides that he was a Marine. Agood man's passing brings sadness, but also happiness. He's gone to a better place, but we have the pleasure of having known him. Please accept our condolences. Frank and Susan Dalferes Covington, La.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Aunt Mim & the Whitman Family,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Bob. He was truly a great man. In a world where it seems that everyone is looking out for themselves, he was a thoughful & selfless man. He always looked out for the other guy & his family. He was so good to my dad when he was coming to the end of his days here with us. I cannot thank him enough for his kindness. I know dad always thought of him as a special friend, and that they are together again. I will always cherish the memories of growing up with the Whitman's, the Benson's, the Garrity's & the Gandolfi's. Those were great days. Please know that my thoughts & prayers are with you all at this most sorrowful time. If there is anything that I can do please do not hestate to call on me. May God bless & sustain you all.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Coach Whitman was a fine coach and gentleman. At EJ, you could be 3rd. or 4th. string and Coach always let you know that you were important to the team.
I had the good fortune to see him many times at Manresa...I will always cherish my memories of this good man. I know that God has blessed him.
Raul V. "Bobby" Esquivel, Jr. EJ'64
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Bob and "Murph", and the entire Whitman family... We are sorry to hear about "the loss" of your father, but boy, heaven got "the win". We were unable to attend his funeral and mass, but wish to express our sympathy to each of you. Although, we did not know your father personally, it's obvious, not only did he touch all of your lives, he had an enormous impact on many. HEAVEN, just received its best SCOUT!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Bob and "Murph", and the entire Whitman Family...we are sorry to hear about "the loss" of your father here on earth. But, boy, it sounds like HEAVEN got "the win" with this one. We are sorry we were unable to make his funeral and mass. Although we did not know your father personally, we feel like we just read a "great scouting report" on "COACH". It is obvious, not only all of your lives, he touched, but how many other lives he touched and impacted. Heaven, just received its best SCOUT.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
http://www.ruthann1.com
Friday, August 12, 2011
What a loss! Coach Whitman was such a great guy. I was a cheerleader at EJ from 62-64 and he was always involved in every aspect of his Warrior team. He even helped the cheerleaders set up bake sales to raise money to go to the playoffs!
Friday, August 12, 2011
To Miriam and family,
Unfortunately, I was out of town and did not know that Coach had passed away. I was truly blessed to have had Bob as a coach and a mentor.
He was truly an outstanding individual who touched thousands of lives. He enriched all of our lives as a coach, mentor, and friend.
Each Sunday, when I give thanks for all those who coached and helped me throughout my life, Bob is in that number.
Above all, he had faith in me and encouraged me, not only at Tulane, but in all my endeavors and goals.
Every day, I walk into my living room and see hanging on my wall a photograph Coach gave me years ago.
As an outstanding athlete, WW II veteran in the South Pacific, Tulane and Jefferson Parish football coach, and professional scout for the Saints, Bob was a true renaissance man. He is in heaven now, cheering for all of us left behind.
Please convey my respect and love for Coach to the entire family.

Tommy and Mary Ellen Warner
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wayne & Gerry - my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Your family is in my prayers.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Bob and Sharon, you have my heartfelt condolences. I met Mr. Whitman once. He was an absolute GENTLEMAN. I am sorry I could not make the services as Thursday was the first day of school and I could not get off.
Friday, August 12, 2011
My prayers go ioutn to you and your family at this sad time. Your memories and time with help you heal. You were blessed with a wonderful husband and father.
With sincere sympathy,
Rinie Mayronne Dinges
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Hello Judy, Its Myra Cavallino Perret I'm so sorry about your dad. you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Our thoughts & prayers are with the entire Whitman family as you deal with this hugh loss. Hopefully prayers will help each of you.
Melanie Sigur Vaccaro and Vaccaro family
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sincere condolences to 'Coach' Whitman's wife and family. Echoing the sentiment of others, he was a great coach and a greater man. I had the good fortune to play for 'Coach' on the JV baseball team at EJ and would like to share with you a story that embodies 'Coach's' greatness, and had a stong impact on my life. I was a poor hitter and only made the team because of being a good fielder. 'Coach' usually had me bunting to have any chance of contributing. During a game late in the season with our arch rival, West Jefferson, and comfortably winning, 'Coach' allowed me to hit away and I was lucky enough to hit the ball up the middle. Their centerfielder misplayed the ball and it rolled between his legs to the fence. As I rounded third base 'Coach' put up his hands to stop me.
After retreating back to third base, I looked up to see the ball just being retrived into the infield. I pleaded with 'Coach' that I would have made it to home plate safely. He put his hand on my shoulder with a big smile on his face and told me he realized I would have made it home safely but that I hadn't been to third base all season and he just wanted me to visit with him for awhile. God bless you 'Coach'.

Class ot '70
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Murph and Bob,

My deepest sympathy to you and your whole family on the death of your father.

Separation is always difficult but you and your family are people of faith, and it is that faith that keeps us going.

Be assured of many prayers.

Warren F. Caire, AFSC
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Judy and Bob,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dennis and Cindy Torres Rinck
Thursday, August 11, 2011
To the Whitman family,
We offer our deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. I hope that you will be able to find solace in the memories of your family life, knowing that he loved each and every one of you with his whole heart.
Gary and Pam Matranga Clement
Thursday, August 11, 2011
He is looking down at all of you guys and leading you step by step. Take comfort in knowing that he is at peace and will be around you always. Remember the life he shared with each and every one of you and let his memory continue to live on. My deepest condolences to all of you. Rest in peace Mr Whitman, you will be missed by many.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Family
Sorry to hear of the loss of Bob, he was a good friend and neighbor.
Richard Kennedy
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Judy and family - so sorry for the loss of your dad. What an amazing life he lived! Praying that good and happy memories lift you up.
Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
My deepest condolences go out to truly a remarkable family. Not only did your mom and dad raise good children into great adults but also helped other young men and women in their search for what life was really about. Your dad was an exceptional person to talk to as I grew up and the calm manner in which he dealt with every situation I presented helped me become a better young adult. He will be missed by all that knew him and I'm sure he will be giving great advise to all he meets above.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
To my good friend "Holmes"
I was sorry to hear about your dad. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God speed.

The Tassins
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Great man and coach .......... class of 68
Thursday, August 11, 2011
We have all so admired the Whitman family, in large part due to the accomplishments of MR. Whitman. But the greatest of his achievements in my mind was the family he raised. How special they are, how lucky we are to have had him in our community and lives.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
As a decendant of the original Whitmans, I only remember a little bit, but I do remember my Mom (Lynn Miller Foil) always talking about "Bobby". I remember visiting Uncle Harold and Aunt Clara. From all the stories and reading all the kind words, I can tell this is one "cousin" I should have known better. It's a big family and I'm sure there is one big "Whitman" hug happening in heaven, including my grandmother, Florence Whitman. Take care of him Maw-maw.

Kay Foil Dupuy (and all the Foil girls)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
DEAR WHITMAN FAMILY, YOUR DAD WAS A GREAT GUY AND WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ---ERIC AND PEGGY HATTEBERG
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Bob Whitman, Sr. Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of Bob Whitman, Sr. Coach Bob was one of my father's dearest friends and former Tulane teammate. Coach Whitman was truly a Saint among us.
sinerely,
Stan Kottemann, Jr.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I am so sorry for the loss of your father. May God comfort you and yuor family now and always. I will keep all of you in my prayers. Bonnie Matherne LeBlanc
Thursday, August 11, 2011
My prayers are with you and your family and friends. I remember your friendship at Metairie High School and all the endeavours that we had the opportunity to share. My love goes out to the family and friends of Bob.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Judy and Bobby,

My prayers are for you and your family during this difficult and sad time. I was at Chapelle during your same years.

Take care,

Ann Bode
aka: Annarose Hardin
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I was lucky and honored to have had Coach Whitman as my Physical Education teacher at East Jefferson High in the mid-sixties. What a great man and terrific coach. My Junior year our team played in the title game and lost by a very small margen. The team's brilliant year was in great part, made possible by "The Coach." He was my all time favorite P.E. Coach ever. I don't remember him ever yelling or him getting mad. He always smiled and had a wonderful sense of humor. He really did have the ability to make P.E. fun even for a lazy chubby guy like me. I always tried harder to try to please Coach Whitman. He was easy to praise when he knew you were giving it your all. And after exercises, he always allowed us to play whatever game we chose. That made the game play section of P.E. so much more fun. I would always try harder and have more fun at P.E. with "The Coach." And we were always proud to have him as our football team coach too!
I always tried to keep up with the Coach's career after E.J. I was so happy to have him with the Saints and look what he helped to accomplish at San Fancisco! What a wonderful man. Gee, he just had to have been the very best husband and father. It must hurt so much to lose him, I know, I lost my Mom and Dad too. But I know that because he touched so many lives in such a positive way, that just has to help you with your extreme loss. I will pray for "The Coach," and also thank God for him lending us our beloved Coach for a few years. Thank You Lord, we do love and miss Coach Whitman. With love, Irwin E.J. class 1967
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dear Judy, and Family,
We are so sorry for the loss of your beloved Dad. In your time of sorrow, may you be blessed with friends who care, faith that overcomes, and memories that comfort. The thoughts and prayers of the
St Christopher Class of 1966 are with you.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
My sincere condolences to all of you. I've had the pleasure of knowing the Whitman family my whole life so i say to you all, God Bless & my prayers are with you.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
To Laura and the entire Whitman family. I cannot make the service today, as I am out of town. I am so sorry for your loss, but Heaven has certainly gained another angel. Know that Mr. Bob is in a better place, resting peacefully and watching over each and every one of you. I can always remember his soft spoken voice, never uttering an unkind word. May your hearts be filled with all the wonderful memories of joyful times together. Mr. Bob has gained his wings and will sore high with the angels and be daily at God's side.

May you all have the strength to get through this sorrowful time, and remember a life well lived.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Judy, and family, we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. The thoughts and prayers of many are with you at this time of sorrow. May God bless you and your family.
~ Chapelle Class of ‘ 70
Thursday, August 11, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Whitman Family. Coach was a "Coach", he loved to teach and took pride in his students/athletes getting better, on the field and the classroom. The world has lost a fine man, and Heaven just gained "one hell of a Coach"
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"Coach", I will always remember you and refer to you as Coach. You taught me more about being a man and a gentleman that anyone in my life. As you worked your way around the country scouting, we would run into each other at distant airports and you would always make me feel like it was only yesterday we were at EJ together. As I served as chaplain for the Saints for 18 years, you continued to be a source of encouragement. You are a rare man and will be missed by many. Coach, see you on the other side.
Jim Fast, EJ 1966
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Mrs. Whitman and family,

My prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Joan Sheehan
Houston, TX (St. Benilde Parish)
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Bobby and Family, We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Bob. My dad and Mr. Bob were in the GOMB together. He was a great man and the kids always came home to tell John when they saw him at Rummel. We will keep Mr. Bob and the family in our prayers.
Deepest Sympathy
Kathy, John, Jason and Charlie LaGrange and Bubby Swiler
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Rest in peace, Coach.

A former student from EJ, Class of 68
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The Gandolini Family wishes to offer sincere condolences to the entire Whitman Family on your loss. May God bless you at this difficult time.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dan and I will always remember what a wonderful man Bob was and a great family man. He will be missed. Dan and Elaine Simmons
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Dearest Miriam and Family:

We know you will never be able to replace Bob in your lives here on Earth. But take consolation in the fact that he is in a better place and you will be with him one day for eternity. May God Be With You and Your Family.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Coach will never forget the days we spent on the field at Tulane, you were the best. Can't wait to see you again in heaven so we can re-unite and talk football. 1957- 1962
Best to your family.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Murphy, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
pawpaw whitman.. i'm so sad to hear that you passed away. i have known you since i was a little girl and would come over with ashley. i know you are at peace now and will hold you in my heart forever. take care of my pawpaw up there. i will always miss you along with the rest of your family an mine. may for rest in peace. love always , amanda daquin :)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
So Sad for all you WHITMAN'S. Your dad will be sadly missed. He was truly a great husband, father and man. It's the circle of life and you can cherish all of the wonderful memories. Love Cathy and Jimmy Dunn
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To the entire Whitman family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I always heard such remarkable stories about Mr. Bob from Ashley when we were growing up. He touched so many people lives and he will always be remembered as an inspiration. His family and friends will forever have an angel watching down on them. God Bless!!!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the Whitman family, Ashley and Laura I love yall and I am here for you both, just remember he is watching over yall with great pride and love.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Hi pawpaw Bob.. I wish you didn't have to leave us , but I know you are in a much better place. My pawpaw will be there to keep you company. I've known you since I was little and you were always so funny and sweet. I will miss you dearly along with the rest of your and our family.. May you rest in peace now and please watch over us... Love always Amanda dAquin :)
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Whitman family, Ashley and Laura I love yall and I am here for you. He will always be watching over yall with great pride and love. ~Steffany~
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Ashley you and your family are in our daily thoughts and prayers. we are all so sorry for your loss.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My thoughts and prayers go out to the Whitman family, Ashley and Laura I love yall and I am here for you. ~Steffany~
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Bobby, Sharon, Wayne & Diane,
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Miriam,
I am so sorry for your loss. All my life I have respected Bob since the day I met him. He has led a most exemplary life and deserving of the admiration of all who knew him. He has touched the lives of so many and will be missed by all. He will remain in our memory and our prayers.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Coach was a great coach and a good man - please accept my condolences - Gene Newton
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Our condolences to the Whitman Family---

"For I know the plans I have for you" Declares the Lord
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To the Whitman Family, My prayers and thughts are with you at this very special time. Coach was "a coaches coach". His wisdom and knowledge will be missed. He was always willing to help me anytime i asked for his help. He will always be "THE SPIRIT OF THE WARRIOR" to the East Jefferson Football Family.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998
http://www.ruthann1.com
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Prayers sent your way Bobby,Sharon, Murphy, Ashley, and all the Whitmans that God may surround you with love-peace-joy in this time of loss!!!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Mrs. Miriam, Wayne, Diane, Joan and the entire Whitman Family:

I was so sorry to hear that Mr. Bob had passed away. Please know that caring thoughts as well as my daily prayers are with all of you in this most difficult time of sorrow. I have enjoyed through my years of growing up hearing such wonderful stories from my Dad, Russell Ovella on he and Mr. Bob, his best friend. He often said Ms. Miriam was the best thing that ever happened to Mr. Bob. I too know what it is like to lose a loved one as I have just lost my Mother, Elaine on June 3rd and Dad many years ago. May Mr. Bob rest in peace.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Maria Ovella Siebenkittel
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My condolences and prayers to the entire Whitman family.Mr. Bob was the nicest and kindest man I've ever known.Heaven just scored a touchdown.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Judy, Patrick
Your Father,Grandfather is a special person. A member of the GREATEST generation he helped make America a better place. Coach Whitman will always be remembered as a mentor to many people and a true leader.
God bless you both and the entire Whitman family.
Linda and David Ellis
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
my condolences and prayers to the entire whitman family.mr. whitman was one of the nicest and kindest man i've ever known.heaven just got better.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Sorry to hear about Bob passing away. I grew up with him in old Metairie. He will be missed.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
We have fond memories of "Bob" and Meriam from before and after the War.He was a friend, a great sportsman and a gentleman. Our condolences to Meriam and the family.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
To my dear friends Wayne and Diane,

I am sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you and your family. God bless all of you.

Love you,
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
thanks Bob for helping us find a deeper, closer relationship with our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. We know that you are basking in His presence forever. Jerri & Charlie Bush
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
My heart goes out to all of you. Mr Bob was a wonderful father figure for our neighborhood. His sincere kindness will never be forgotten and meant a lot to my family.
I will keep you in my prayers...
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