Whelan, Paul Joseph

WHELAN, Paul Joseph

1939 - 2021

It is with the deepest sorrow that the family of Paul Whelan announces his passing. Paul was born November 4, 1939 and died September 27,2021 with his wife by his side. 

Paul is predeceased by his parents Michael J Whelan Sr and Hanorah (Finnerty) his brothers Howard (wife Joan), Dave (wife Yvonne), Moe (wife Colleen), Jack (wife Kay) and Michael Jr.

Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years Margaret (nee Peters), children Eric (Darleen), Shannon, Lee (Manon), Corlea (Rino Viskovich) his 3  beautiful grandchildren Zeb, Bronti and Fynnerty Viskovich, his sister Helena (Jim Purdon) and sister in law Sandy (wife of Michael Jr.)

Paul is also survived by his brother in laws Earl (Connie) Peters, George (Marjorie) Peters, Delbert (Vivian) Peters, Fred Peters, Richard (Veronica)Peters, Arnold (Judy)Peters, Gerald Peters. And sister in laws Evelyn (Dennis Landon), Doris, and Christine(Brian

Farmer) as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Paul was a mining contractor that worked in many countries such as Greenland, Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Canada. He loved working in the mining industry and was well respected by his peers. After decades of working for other contractors (Cemetation, Redpath, CMS, AMS, Lily Resources) he followed his dream and formed his own company Paul Whelan Mining Contractors. 

Paul was a humble man who believed in honour and that your word was your bond, a handshake as good as a contract. He had a keen mind and never stopped learning, he had an infectious laugh with a wicked sense of humour and a true gift of storytelling. 

He loved his family and was proud of his children and in awe of his grandchildren. He had an especially soft spot for his beloved granddaughter Bronti. 

He thought he was blessed to be a Canadian and that Canada was the greatest country on earth but the first time on Irish soil felt like coming home. 

He loved politics, arguing about politics, the outdoors, Cadillacs, driving those Cadillacs even on dirt roads, black labrador retrievers and old westerns. 

Paul was a throwback to another time and his passing will leave a void in the lives of those he left behind. He will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. 

The family would like to thank the paramedics, the OPP, and the French Family Funeral Home for their kindness and compassion. 

Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Holy Name Parish would be appreciated. 

Visitation will take place at French Family Funeral Home on Monday October 4, 2021 from 10am-12noon followed by a short service at the Kirkland Lake Cemetery.

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The Whelan and Peters Families

So saddened to read about Paul, he was one Special guy, that who will be missed by all who knew and loved him....Condolences to the Families on your loss.

Rick & Judy Gervais, September 29, 2021

The family of Paul Joseph Whelan

I send my sincere condolences to you and to your family during this time of sorrow. The Bible gives a real promise that your loved one will soon come back to life in a peaceful paradise on the earth where death will be no more. (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 21:4)

Gaile Ellis, September 29, 2021

Eric & Family

Sorry for your loss. Blessings for all your family.

Stan Skalecki & Family, September 29, 2021

The Whelan Family

So sorry to hear of the passing of Paul. May the memories you have with him comfort you through the days ahead. RIP Paul

Sylvia and Moe, September 29, 2021

Corlea and Family

Corlea and Family,
I never got to meet your dad in person but I knew him thru your spirit Corlea! We often speak about me going to Canada to meet everyone since I am your American sister, my heart is broken for you all. From Our family to yours with the deepest sympathies we are sending you all love, prayers for healing and with sorrow for your Dad passing on. Love, Terreasa, Laymon and Family

Terreasa Farmer, September 29, 2021

Margaret, Eric, Shannon, Lee, and Corlea and family

We are so very sad to hear of Paul’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and the entire family and pray for you all at this time.

Lorraine, Erin Robazza and Tom Wadey, September 29, 2021

Marg and family

I am so sorry to hear of Paul's sudden passing. Paul was a great friend to my dad. He had such a great sense of humour. I would start to smile, almost laugh as he approached me, as I could hardly wait for the dry humour to come out in the conversation we were about to have. He and my dad were like boys going out for their ride and whispering their stories, both nodding and laughing-although they were both so deaf, I'm sure they missed most of it. Then again they sometimes I think they knew what the other was thinking, words just made it interesting, and most certainly comical. God bless you all.

Kim Beaudoin, September 29, 2021

Marg and family

My sympathy on your loss of Paul!
May your memories provide consolation and comfort!
God bless!
Sincerely, Joan Butt

Joan Butt, September 29, 2021

Marg Whelan and Family

Very sorry to hear of Paul's passing my deepest sympathies to Marg and the Whelan family. Paul was a great guy and I will remember him with a smile. He will be missed.

Brian Coghlan, September 29, 2021

Eric, and all the Whelan family

Our deepest sympathy.

Bill and Doris Uhrayn, September 29, 2021

Paul Whelan

Corlea and family
I hope the beautiful memories of your father, husband and grandpa continue to guide you through your daily lives . May you find comfort in life’s little pleasure as Paul continues to watch over you, and smile as you continue on with your lives. I know he will live on forever in your minds. May peace be with all of you

Linda Erskine-Bauer, September 29, 2021

Paul Whelan

There are no words to express how much we are devastated by the loss you live. We just hope that our sympathy will bring you some relief.

Ron and Tina ❤

Tina Rozich, September 29, 2021

Whelan-Peters Families

My sincere condolences to Margaret and the entire families. I will remember you all in my prayers. May Paul rest in Peace.

Ines Robazza, September 29, 2021

The Whelan & Peters

Sending condolences to the Whelan and Peters family. Thinking of you all.

Angela & Gerry Angelicchio, September 29, 2021

Margaret and family

Sorry to hear of your loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Debbie Kelly, September 30, 2021

Lee and family

I'm offering you my sincere sympathy on your loss of your father .Just to let you know that i truly enjoy working for him he was always cheerful and very pleasant to have him around
May his soul rest in peace

Jc Lacasse, September 30, 2021

Margaret and family

Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of Paul.

Claudia and Wally McDermott, September 30, 2021

The Whelan Family

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Mr Whelan. Thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this difficult time.

Mary Sangiuliano-Peters, September 30, 2021

The Whelan and Peters Family

We were saddened to hear of Paul’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.

Cori Clement and Brian Stratford, September 30, 2021

Eric and Family

so sorry to hear the passing of your Dad!

our deepest sympathy to the Whelan Family

Claudette and Stan

Stan Mason, September 30, 2021

Margaret and Family

our thoughts and prayers are with you, our deepest condolences to the family so sorry for your loss Charlene(Kelly) and Brian Hosken

Charlene &Brian Hosken, September 30, 2021

Paul's family.

A great momng man gone. I knew Paul for a least 35 years. I will.miss his humor and experience.

Mr. MEREDITH Armstrong, September 30, 2021

The Whalen Family

Like so many others we were so saddened to receive the news of Paul’s death. He was such a unique and likeable person with a great sense of humour and wonderful stories. He leaves us with many great memories from our growing up in the townsite area and hockey playing days! He was always someone who made the day brighter—Brian and Gale Hamilton

Brian and Gale Hamilton , October 1, 2021

Marge and family

Dear Marg,
We are so saddened to hear of Pauls passing.
Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers today and in the days to come
Terry and Claire

Terry and Claire Schonfeldt, October 1, 2021

Margaret wife of Paul

So sorry to hear of your great loss
Joan Croxall Porter

Joan Croxall Porter, October 1, 2021

Aunt Margaret and family

So sorry for your loss.
May your memories and love of your family get you through this difficult time.

Hugs to all.

Rick and Lynda Peters, October 1, 2021

Marg and family

My condolences..Paul will be missed by people far beyond the immediate family..RIP

Bob Zidar, October 2, 2021

Marg Whelan and Family

We extend our sincere condolences to the entire family on Paul's passing and trust that in the days and weeks ahead the fond memories you cherish will provide comfort and healing during this most difficult period of time. God Bless!

Jerry and Liz Robazza, October 2, 2021

Marg, Shannon and the Whelan family

I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. He did indeed have a quick wit and a quick smile. I hope the memories you have will be a comfort and a source of warmth for a life well lived. Xo

Sandra Dal Pai, October 2, 2021

Marg and the whole Peter's Family!!

Condolences on the passing of Paul, he will be missed by many, may your memories, bring you some comfort as you go through this tough time. You will be in my prayers and thoughts in the days to come. God bless you all!!

Mary (Kelly) Desjardins , October 3, 2021

The Whelan Family

Our sincere condolences to the Whelan family. Uncle Paul's laughter, good spirit, and joix de vivre will be missed by all. Rest in peace Uncle Paul.

Siobhan, Taelan and Logan, October 3, 2021

Marg, Shannon, Lee, Eric, Corlea and family

Our deepest condolences. Many family memories out at Nettie and beyond! Your dad will be missed by many that knew him. May his spirit live on! ❤️

Judy Dickinson, Brett, Richard, & Robert Morrish, October 3, 2021

Paul Whelan

Condolences and prayers at this time of sorrow. Paul was a great man

Andy Attwater, October 4, 2021

Marg and Shannon and the Whelan family

Our deepest sympathies to Marg and Shannon and all the Whelan family.

Sue and Dave Gamble, October 6, 2021

To family of lee whelan

So to hear about Paul great man loved working for him and getting rides in that caddy from red like to kl we stop at every closed mine on way home and he always had interesting stories about them mines . One of the sternest and humorist person I ever work for and I learnt a lot from him R.I.P Paul

Carmen judd, October 7, 2021

The Paul Whelan Clan

It is with deep regret to hear of Paul's passing. One of the last of his kind and a loss to the mining industry. The man always put laughter in my heart whether we met on the street or else where. His smarts and approach to life will live on with me.

Brian Madill, October 10, 2021

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