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David WHELIHAN


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David WHELIHAN Obituary
WHELIHAN, David David Whelihan died peacefully on September 9, 2018 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL at Home Suite Home Assisted Living, where he had resided for the past year and a half. He was 86. Born November 22, 1931 in Cleveland, OH, he was the fifth of ten children by the late P.J. Whelihan and Catherine Cullen Whelihan. He was predeceased by his four brothers and five sisters. He is also predeceased by first wife Suzanne Franklin-Lane and second wife, Agnes White-Morrison. He is survived by his four children, Dave Whelihan of Jupiter, FL, Dr. Maureen Whelihan of Boynton Beach, FL, Joseph (Johnna) Whelihan of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and Gina Whelihan of Boynton Beach, FL; four step-daughters, Linda (Jim) McCann of Fairless Hills, PA, Kathy (John) Brenner of Bensalem, PA, Donna (Guy) Morrison-Doneker of Croydon, PA, and Terry (Bill) O'Neill of Jupiter, FL; also survived by 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, a host of nieces and nephews and other extended family. David grew up in the Philadelphia area, attended and graduated from St. Joseph's College. He was a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy. He then went into sales for several top pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. He also owned and operated several optical companies in Pennsylvania and Delaware. In 1981 he moved to Palm Beach Gardens, FL and opened Optical Centers of America with his two sons. In the mid 1990's he stepped away from the optical industry and dedicated the rest of his retired years as "the trusted courier" for all of his children and children's friends. He loved to make airport runs for family and friends, and always had a friendly word or clever phrase (coined Whelihan-isms) for just about everything. One of his greatest passions, besides being around his family, was visiting casinos and race tracks around the country - especially thoroughbred horse racing. He certainly lived a full life enjoying traveling, card playing, camping, fishing and boating when the time permitted. He will be missed but left us many great memories to cherish. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Palm Beach Post on Sept. 16, 2018
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