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Obituary: David Whelan

Father, 54, Swampscott resident and Swampscott advocate.

 

David Patrick Whelan, Jr., age 54, of Swampscott, died September 1, 2012, after a brief battle with cancer.  Born January 23, 1958, in Malden, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late David Patrick and Mary (Dunn) Whelan.

Besides his wife Jean, he is survived by his two children, Hilary and Trevor, both of Swampscott, and his siblings, Robert M. Whelan of Salem, Barbara McDonough of Billerica and John Lingaitis of Beverly.  He also leaves several nieces and nephews. 

He was raised in Swampscott, graduating from Swampscott High School in 1975 and from Merrimack College in 1980.

Throughout his life, Dave had a love for the Town of Swampscott, serving as Town Treasurer, Town Meeting Member and Chairman of the School Committee.  He also served on the Recreation Commission, SUCCESS, Youth Soccer Board, Phillips Park Committee and the Board of Trustees of Marian Court College.  He was the recipient of the 2012 Swampscott Distinguished Citizen Award.

Dave was a self-employed CPA and financial planner since his marriage to Jean in 1990, forming Eaglerock Advisory Group in Swampscott.  Most recently Dave was Vice President- Business Development for The Professional Alliance, Milford, MA.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9AM from the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN AND RICHARDSON FUNERAL HOME, 67 Ocean St. (Rt 1A), Lynn, followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott at 10AM.  Burial will be in Swamspcott Cemetery.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited.  Visiting hours are Tuesday from 4-8PM.  Those who prefer may make donations to Hospice of the North Shore and Greater Boston, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.  Directions and guestbook at www.solimine.com

 

Mary DeChillo September 02, 2012 at 05:16 PM
For many years Dave chose to give his free time to non-partisan public service as both an elected and appointed official of the Town of Swampscott. He was not without a point of view. He was willing to express an informed opinion both in public and in writing using data and facts that he meticulously researched himself. In an era of ugly public discourse and deep partisan divides conveyed through anonymous blog postings, Dave was one of the few who signed his name to the opinions he wrote. He often challenged others to do the same, sometimes in a less than patient tone. When Dave received the 2012 Swampscott Distinguished Citizen Award at the May Town Meeting, he joked to me "I'm am not sure that I am qualified--my parents and I were born in Malden, not Swampscott!" Such a Dave comment. For a guy who arrived as a "blow-in" (as the Irish would say), to Swampscott, he long ago claimed and was claimed by the Town of Swampscott. How fortunate for us that he did.
Val Gilman September 03, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Dave and I served together on the board of the North Shore Coalition for School Funding. Being a member and past chair of the Gloucester School Committee, Dave helped me in many ways and taught me a lot about chapter 70 funding and unfunded mandates. He looked beyond Swampscott and was always passionate about public education and its fair funding for all public school children in MA. Our last chat was in the spring and he was still working with state reps providing seminars to reform chapter 70. He was a dedicated and passionate leader and public servant. Val Gilman Vice Chair Gloucester School Committee

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