Walter W. Whittard
1937 - 2020
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Walter W. Whittard

Tempe - Walter William Whittard, age 82 years, of Tempe, AZ, passed away Thursday November 12, 2020. Walt was born in Lockport, NY on November 29, 1937 to Walter and Velma Whittard. He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1959 to 1965 and graduated from the University of Ohio with a bachelor's degree in engineering. He was employed by General Motors as an automotive engineer. In 1972 he was transferred to the General Motors Desert Proving Grounds in Arizona as the Resident Manager of the Harrison Radiator Division and later Delphi Automotive where he worked until retirement after 40 years of employment. Walt was an active member of University Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder and Trustee. He was also active in the community and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Children's Cancer Center. He was a loving husband and father of three, mentor to many and a good friend. He is survived by his son, Todd C. Whittard (Wendy); daughter, Susan C. Whittard; daughter Christa Whittard Berg (Marc); Granddaughters Kayla, Megan and Daria; Grandsons, Andrew and Carter; and Great-Grandsons Duane and Conner. He was predeceased by his wife Carole Horn Whittard, and his sisters Ruth and June. A memorial service will be held in the future when it is safe for family, friends and loved ones to gather together to celebrate his life.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 27, 2020
I worked with Walt at HRD and was a customer before and after that. Walt was there as Mr. GM HRD in PHX forever. Everyone wanted Walt's job in the desert especially in the winter in Lockport. There was only one Walt and he owned that position. He helped EVERYONE and we appreciated him. My fondest memory was always his uncanny ability to set up the Delphi Electronics Stereo Float and giant inner tubes for relaxing Sundays floating down the Salt River with minions of our newfound friends. Rest in Peace my Friend and thanks for the great memories.`
Tony Abraham
November 22, 2020
One of the nicest guys you would meet. Rest In Peace, Walt.
Mark Allen
November 22, 2020
Doc I am so very sorry for your loss. Much love and hugs to you all ♥
Lisa Bellah
November 21, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Chester Yancy
November 21, 2020
Walt was a great man, husband, father and friend. When we worked together at DPG Walt was always a go to guy. We miss W3.
Peter Thompson
November 21, 2020
Good friend, always a gentleman. Rest In Peace, Walt.
Jim Giardino
November 21, 2020
Walt was always a gentleman and good friend to many. May he Rest In Peace.
Jom Giardino
November 20, 2020
From taking us to see Niagara Falls when I first met Uncle Walt, to many Thanksgivings shared, and getting to ride on the GM test track in Mesa, there are many good memories to cherish. May all who miss him find comfort in their own memories.
Brian Hobbs
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