Royal Joseph WHELAN
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WHELAN, Royal Joseph
Peacefully on April 4, 2017 at The Ottawa Hospital, General Campus at the age of 97 years. Beloved husband for 70 years to Stella (nee Karpinka). Loving father of Patricia (Patsy) Burnell. Cherished grandfather of Kelly Burnell-Boykin. Proud great-grandfather of Breanna Burnell. Roy was predeceased by his son-in-law Robert Burnell, his grandson-in- law Robert Boykin, and by his siblings Lou, Leo, John, Robert, and Lillian. Retired civil servant with External Affairs Department, with assigned postings to Rome, Italy, Beirut, Lebanon, and London, England. Decorated World War II Veteran with military medal presented by King George VI at Buckingham Palace. Roy was as avid golfer, playing until his early 90s, and spent many winters in Florida where his daughter and her family lives. Friends may pay respects at
Kelly Funeral Home, Walkley Chapel
1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa
on Thursday, April 13 from 1:00 p.m. until time of Funeral Service in the Chapel at 2:00 p.m. In memoriam donations to a charity of choice appreciated. Condolences and sharing memories at

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Apr. 11, 2017.
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September 17, 2017
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow.

Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired)
Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers
Canadian Military Engineers Association
April 11, 2017
Dear Stella:

I would like to express my sincerest condolences to you and the family on your great loss.

May loving memories of Roy bring you peace, comfort and strength as you embark on a difficult journey without him.

While I will not be able to attend the service, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Monica Yendall
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