Obituary – Declan Whelan


Declan John Whelan of Kincardine passed away at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre – Kincardine on Thursday, Dec. 26th, 2019, at the age of 85. He passed peacefully with loved ones at his side.
Declan was the cherished husband of Pauline Whelan.
Beloved father of Paul (Susan), Declan (Sharyn), Marina (Eugene), Angela (Fred) and Niall (Anna) and uncle of Patrick (Nancy) Whelan and John Whelan.
Dear grandfather of Taylor, Rebecca, Sinead, Kyla, Colin, Conor, Shannon, Ryan, Adam, Claire, Mairead, Sean, Stephanie, Jonathan and Jack and great-grandfather of Akeira, Owen and Nathan.
Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Norah (née McDowell), and brothers Brendan (Maureen) and Patrick (Marie).
Declan was an outstanding engineer who was passionate about his field of nuclear safety; he was recognized by his peers for outstanding contributions.
He was a gifted raconteur with a nearly endless supply of stories about his childhood in Ireland and his many adventures from his storied career. His interests were wide-ranging including etymology, history, literature and the Irish language. With Pauline, he co-authored a novel featuring Viking Dublin, which combined many of these interests. Above all, he will be remembered for his loving wit, tempered with a sly smile and a mischievous sparkle in his eyes.
Visitation was held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home in Kincardine from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Kincardine at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, with Father Thomas Manninezhath as celebrant. A reception followed the mass from noon until 3 p.m. at the SureStay Plus Hotel in Kincardine.
Declan will rest at the Kincardine Cemetery.
Memorial donations to cancer research or to a cause of your choice are welcomed.
Portrait and memorial available online at

Obituary – Declan Whelan was last modified: January 8th, 2020 by Dianna Martell

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  1. I’m very sorry to hear about Uncle Declan. As one of my dad’s closest friends, I’ve known him most of my life and he felt like family. I really enjoyed seeing him, Pauline and Angela that afternoon I dropped by unannounced at the house in Kincardine. He will be sorely missed.

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