Sumner Gage Whittier
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WHITTIER , Honorable Sumner Gage Honorable Sumner Gage Whittier of Ellicott City, MD, formerly of Everett, MA, after a distinguished career as a public servant, died January 8, 2010, at age 98. A graduate of Everett High School and Boston University, he served as Administrator of Veterans' Affairs under President Eisenhower, and as a Massachusetts Lt. Governor, Senator and State Rep., Everett Alderman and City Councilor and was a U.S. Navy Lt. in WWII. He headed S.S.I. at the Social Security Administration in Baltimore and worked there until age 80. Beloved husband of 38 years to the late Jessie (Johnston) Whittier. He leaves his children, Jaye Whittier and her husband, Alexander H. Sands III, of Gloucester, Janis Whittier of Ellicott City, MD, and Jill Kelly of Vancouver, WA; his sister, Mona Jeane Somerville of Everett; five grandchildren, Alex Sands IV and his wife, Lidiane Sands, Ashley Sands, Jennifer, Heather and Elizabeth Mackenzie; great-grandson, Alexander Sands V; sisters-in-law, Margaret Whittier and Virginia Johnston; many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Eva and Edgar Whittier, his brother, Robert Whittier and brothers-in-law, William Somerville, Arthur Johnston, and Ronald Johnston and his wife Alice.
Memorial Service at the First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett on Saturday, January 16 at 11 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., MELROSE, Friday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett. Gifts in Sumner's honor may be made to First United Parish, 460 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149. For online tribute, directions, or to send a condolence, please visit

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Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 12, 2010.
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December 28, 2010
Since the 100th birthday party for Althea Whittier Spurr, my family had been looking forward to Sumner's 100th birthday
celebration. We just learned of Sumner's death and are saddened by the news. We offer our deepest sympathy to Jaye, Janis & Jill.
Janice Whittier Titus
December 28, 2010
Janice Whittier Titus
July 12, 2010
Mr. Sumner Whittier is a great man. He will be profoundly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.
Karen Young
January 20, 2010
My condolences to the Whittier family for this great American hero.
January 17, 2010

Sumner Whittier was a
man of honesty, character
and integrity.He was an
advocate for liberty and
justice when others hid
in silence.Truly a great
American Patriot!
Bernard Jackson
January 14, 2010
Dear Whittier Family:
Sumner and my father served together in the Navy in WWII, at Provincetown, MA. They had a great deal of admiration for each other, and kept in touch through the years. The annual Christmas Card was an event for my family. I was fortunate enough to spend a pleasant 3 hour lunch with Sumner and my eldest son in Maryland about ten years ago, as he regaled us with stories of his life, and he and my father, a legacy that I did not know, and would not have been able to communicate to my son. A truly great person, and one who will be missed. Col. H. Robert Huke, III, USA, Ret'd
Robert Huke
January 14, 2010
Mr. Whittier, a gentleman and a difinitive representative for veterans was one of the cornerstones that dramatically affected VA History. His vision and accomplishments are appreicated. May God welcome him home and provide loving memories and heartfelt rememberances for his family and friends.
Alice "Sam" Raatjes
January 14, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
James N. Ryan Family
January 14, 2010
Condolances to the family for your loss, I met Sumner once in Scarborough,Maine on a visit with my mother (Muriel Burrows). She was a classmate of hia at Everett High. and often spoke highly of him.

Dick Alsterberg, Stratham New Hampshire
January 13, 2010
Condolences to the family for the loss of their treasured patriarch. A great and honorable man is gone, but his legacy and inspiring words live on at the VA.
Darlene Richardson
January 13, 2010
Dear Whittier girls,your Mom and Dad's wedding was the first I attended. Your Mom was my Sunday School teacher and the whole class got to go. I remember the electricity going off. They switched from organ to piano and we sang Christmas carols while your Dad went to the fuse box and got them back on. Then I had the twins in Sunday School when they were 4 or 5. A long time ago! When you were in Washington, we stopped on one trip from Everett to Norfolk and what a wonderful view from that house! My cousin married Richard Somerville and my aunt lives in your Mom's old house.Your Dad had a wonderful life and you should be proud to have had him as a Dad and I was fortunate to have known him. Sincerely, Florence Wilderman Archambault
January 13, 2010
January 12, 2010
Both my wife and I worked for Mr.Whittier when he headed up SSI. What a colorful man who was never at a loss for words.We always looked forward to his Christmas cards..a card that he spent so much time putting together. He will also be remembered for the great love he had for his wife. To his family, we offer our condolences...
Stan and Linda Brooks
January 11, 2010
Whittier family~
Please accept my condolences. I pray that your family draw close to one another and to our God of comfort to get your through this difficult time.
January 11, 2010
What a GREAT AMERICAN and Uncle...the Scott Johnston family
Scott Johnston
January 10, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Frank J. Imbornone
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