WHALEN, Fred A beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away Monday, March 24, 2014. He was born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. He began working as a teenager in a local hardware store and became an accomplished carpenter. He later worked at the Abitibi Power & Paper Company as a Stationary Engineer. Fred met the love of his life, Vivian Finch, as she nursed him back to health while recuperating from a burst appendix. They were married Sept. 25, 1948 and celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2013. Together they moved to Clearwater and purchased the Edgewater Drive Motel in the late fifties. With the help of his business partner and friend, Ashton Roper, he transformed the little motel into five apartments, and twenty-four units with an attached coffee shop where he served up the best pancakes in town. He enjoyed talking with his guests in the office over a cup of coffee, putting on a party for them under the oak trees, building and fixing things in his shop, and watching the sun set over the bay each night. After 47 years, he sold the motel and moved to Crystal River. Where he enjoyed working on his antique cars, taking his grand son on the river and watching the manatees play. Fred was know for his hard work, generosity, and the friendships he made. He loved his family and was the happiest when they were all together. He is survived by his wife, Vivian; son, John; daughter, Kim; and his grandson, Sean. The family will receive friends at Strickland Funeral Home - Crystal River, (352)795-2678, on Saturday, March 29, from 10-11 am, and services starting at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.
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Strickland Funeral Home
1901 South Highway 19 Crystal River, FL 34429
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Mar. 28, 2014