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“My deepest sympathy for your loss. Whether your prepared or not it is difficult to adjust your life without your loved one.May God guide you in this...Read More »
1 of 25 | Posted by: Susan Burch - Charlton

“First off I want to thank everyone who is taking their time to write their condolences to my amazing means a lot to me and my family....Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: - Brookline, NH

“To the Whelan family,Sorry I could not be there for the wake but I express my sympathy to a family that had a wonderful father. Dave was a great...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: John Riley - Worcester, MA

“To the Whelan family - my deepest sympathy to you all. I live next door to your dad (grandfather) and though I didn't know him very well, we did have...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Lucille Gilman - Worcester, MA

“I met David a few years ago when he visited Ireland with David and Timmy. He made a lasting impression not just by his size but by his personality...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin o%60Connor - Limerick

“Tim, Lisa, Maggie and Kaitlyn, We are so sorry to hear of your Dad / Grandfather's passing. He was a smiling face in the stands at our basketball...Read More »
6 of 25 | Posted by: The Feraco Family - Oxford, MA

“To Dave's Family, I had the pleasure of working with Dave at Central Mass Safety Council for the last five years. He was a wonderful caring man who...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Tarsha Stone - Worcester

“Our deepest condolences go out to the Whelan family. Mr. Whelan, A.K.A. (Big Pop, Dad, Dave, Mr.Whelan) was indeed a wonderful man! I have had the...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Lisa Whelan - Charlton, MA

“To Dave's Family,I had the joy of working with Dave at the Safety Council for the past three years. He was truly a fun-loving person, who lived for...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Megan Smith - West Boylston, MA

“To Timmy, Lisa, Maggie, Kaitlyn and all the Whelan family.Our deepest sympathy on your sad loss. Your Dad was a true gentleman. Our prayers are with...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Joe Heaney - Limerick

“I just wanted to leave a little message expressing my sympathy for your loss. ”
11 of 25 | Posted by: Lindsey Ouimette - Worcester, MA

“I just wanted to leave a little message expressing my sympathy for your loss. I was a student of Mr. Whelan at Worcester Arts Magnet and he was...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: Lindsey Ouimette - Worcester, MA

“Dear Tim, Lisa, Maggie, Katie and all the Whelans, We just wanted to let you know how sorry we are for the loss of your Dad (Grandpa). We will...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: christine boyle - chicago, IL

“I wanted to let you know what an positive impact your Dad had on me. I went to Columbus Park and he was my teacher in 4th grade and then he moved to...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Sue Laflamme - Millbury, MA

“We are so sorry about the loss of Big Pup.. We enjoyed seeing him at family celebrations over the past several years.. We will always remember his...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: The Maki Family - Lancaster

16 of 25 | Posted by: susan m. sereti - worcester, MA

“ Dear, The Whelan Family, My name is Kathy, and I was a student of your Father's for a few years at Worcester Art's Magnet back when it was St....Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Kathleen Liljegren - Worcester

“To all the family of David C. Whelan my deepest sympathies. I just heard the news from Dawna and was saddened by your loss. I am in Florida and will...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Jackie Stowell - Belmont, NH

“Dear Tim, Lisa, Maggie, Kaitlyn and all of the Whelan Family:Dina and I wish to convey our deepest sypmathy to you and your family in your loss. We...Read More »
19 of 25 | Posted by: Nick Prifti - Auburn, MA

“To the family of David Whelan,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Whelan. He was my 4th grade teacher at Columbus Park School. I remember him...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Leanne Greene - Worcester, MA

21 of 25 | Posted by: Chick & Chris (Lyons) Sullivan

“From Katie- I loved Big Pop so Much and I'm sad to let him go. I will never forget how much he loved his Family and friends. I also will never forget...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Maggie and Katie Whelan - MA

“We are truly saddened to hear of your dad's untimely passing. It's fair to say he left a lasting impression on us when we met in Worcester on St...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: John Delaney - Limerick

“The depth of kindness from all has been so helpful to our family in this difficult time. Thank you to all who have taken a moment from your day to...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Tim - Charlton, MA

“I'm sorry for your great loss. Dave was a classmate of mine at Sacred Heart School so many years ago. Last summer we had a short, but very pleasant...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Patricia Reardon - Worcester, MA

WORCESTER-David C. Whelan, 69, of 239 June Street, died Saturday, February 25 in UMASS Memorial Healthcare-Memorial Campus after a short illness. His wife of 39 years, Nancy E. (Rogers) Whelan died on July 14, 2000. He leaves two sons; David R. Whelan and his wife Jean Anne of Greenville, NH and Timothy R. Whelan and his wife Lisa of Charlton, a daughter; Mary Julie Whelan-True and her husband John True of Worcester, two sisters; Anne "Nancy" Whelan of Worcester and Mary Lou Keenan and her husband Richard of Halifax, seven grandchildren; Jonathan T. and Juliann E. True, both of Worcester, Maycie V., Connor P. and Keegan J. Whelan, all of Brookline, NH, Margaret E. and Kaitlyn M. Whelan both of Charlton. He was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth Anne Whelan on March 19, 1962 and a brother, Timothy J. Whelan on July 9, 1963.

He was born in Worcester, the son of Timothy F. and Mary D. (Clifford) Whelan, graduated from St. John's High School and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Master of Education from Worcester State Teachers College. Mr. Whelan was a Worcester elementary school teacher for 35 years, retiring in 1994. Most of his teaching career was spent at Columbus Park School and Worcester Arts Magnet School. He was a drivers education instructor with the Central Mass Safety Council until the time of his death.

He was a longtime member of St. Charles Borromeo Church and most recently attended St. Peter's Church. He was a member of the Education Association of Worcester, National Education Association, Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Knights of Columbus and leaves many friends with the An Garda Siochana and the Mass. State Police. Dave was a long term surviving liver transplant patient who lived life to its fullest and was a loving grandfather to his seven grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday, March 1 from CALLAHAN & FAY BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle Street, with a Mass at 10:00 AM in St. Peter's Church, 931 Main Street. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. Visiting hours are Tuesday, February 28 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Tuft's New England Medical Center Development Office, Tuft's-NEMC%23231, Attn: Transplant Division, 750 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111. For directions and online condolence book please visit