Arthur Robert Whalen (Bob) of Brier Hill passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday, March 19th. Bob was born January 9th, 1929 to Arthur Edward and Miriam Bushnell Whalen in Oneonta, NY. He served in the Army Air Force after high school returning to Brier Hill in 1951. He married Mary Margaret Patricia Alberry of Brockville, Ontario on May 21, 1951. After attending Clarkson University he re-enlisted in the Air Force during the Korean War, and was stationed in Japan, Korea, Philippine’s and Greenland. Upon discharge he worked as a mechanic at his father’s garage in Brier Hill, and then operated a garage with his brother Richard in Ogdensburg. In 1959 he moved his family to Syracuse working for Associated Transport before returning to Brier Hill in 1963.
Bob and Pat owned and operated Whalen’s General Store & Garage until 2004. He loved to hunt and fish and was a well-known Muskie fisherman. His garden was his pride and joy and he loved to watch birds and the nature around him.
Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years; Patricia and children; Robert (Cindy), Michele (Val), Jo Anne, Timothy (Cindy), John (Jeannie), Bridget (Charlie), and Catherine, thirteen grandchildren, many great grandchildren, brother Richard (Beverly) and sister in-law Stella Alberry. He was predeceased by his sister Norma McDonald, granddaughter Jaime Whalen and son in-law Todd Marcelletta.
Arrangements are with Island View Funeral Service. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Brier Hill Fire Department, PO Box 57, Brier Hill, NY 13614 or Morristown Fire Department, PO Box 4, Morristown, NY 13664.
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