XENIA Thomas Jerry Whalen, age 63 of Xenia passed away Saturday, October 26, 2013 at his home surrounded by his family and friends. Jerry was born September 10, 1950 in Springfield, OH, the son of Edward and Eileen (Riley) Whalen.
Jerry was blessed with a loving wife and family and many wonderful friends. He was a teacher and administrator until he retired in 2005. He was the Co-Captain of the 1969 Catholic Central high school football team, and an avid OSU Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals fan. He was proud of his many awards, including the inaugural Knights of Columbus 'Golden Shoe' Award, the Norma Zappin Top Special Education Instructor Award (3 time winner), and the Terry Thomas Award for Service to Students and Administrators in Greene County. He loved football, golf, travelling and most importantly, spending time with his family and friends
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna; his 6 children: TJ; David; Shannon; Lindsay; Nichole and Todd; 11 grandchildren: Lanigan, Conner, Brody, Adrianna, Kinsley, Cohen, Lana, Carson, Luke, Caine and Jerzie. He was anxiously awaiting the arrival of another grandson. He is also survived by 7 brothers and sisters; as well as numerous other relatives and dear friends.
The man affectionately known to many as "Jerry" "J-Pa" "Tall-Pa" and "Jer-Bear" will be truly missed.
Friends are invited to share in celebrating his life Wednesday, October 30th from 4-8 PM at St. Brigid Catholic Church, 312 Fairground Rd., Xenia. The Funeral Mass will be held 11 AM Thursday, October 31, 2013 at St. Brigid Catholic Church, with Rev. John Krumm officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Jerry to Catholic Central Football Team, 1200 E. High St., Springfield, OH 45505.
Online condolences can be made at www.mccolaughfuneralhome.com. Services are in care of McColaugh Funeral Home Xenia, Ohio.