Antony Thomas Whalen

1 August , 192714 November , 2018

Whalen, Antony T—Peacefully, Tony passed into the arms of the Lord November 14th, 2018.

Born in northern England (Aug 01, 1927) he was the son of Emily and David Whalen. He was predeceased by his brothers Jack, David and Dennis, sisters Joan and Norah. He is survived by his twin sister Maureen (Winnipeg) and loving relatives in England.

Tony immigrated to Canada in 1953 after serving in the British Army, particularly proudly serving in the liberation of India.

He built a wonderful life with his family, church and music ministry. After 25 years with the WCB he retired. Then later he enjoyed volunteering at St Vincent’s Nursing Home and other places singing for the residents.

Tony will be remembered for all the things that make the world a better place: compassion, humility, generosity and kindness.

Tony leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Patricia (Ryan) Whalen, daughter Deborah and grandchildren Ryan and Maureen and great grandchildren.

There will be no visitation. A funeral mass will be held at St Catherine’s Church on Bayers Rd on Tuesday November 20, 2018 at 11:00am with reception to follow.

Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lower Sackville for family.

Thanks to St Vincent’s Nursing Home and the many friends and relatives and the Franciscans of Halifax that helped on our journey.

Donations can be made in memory of Tony to the Franciscans of Halifax or St Vincent de Paul Society.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 20 November , 2018
  • Reception Tuesday, 20 November , 2018
  • Burial Tuesday, 20 November , 2018

Antony Thomas Whalen

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Gail Howell (Warren)

28 November 2018

So sorry to hear of Tony’s passing. As a young girl I had such fond memories when Tony stayed at our home when he travelled to Yarmouth with the WCB. He and my Dad, Chuck, had a great bond both being born in same region in Northern England They would tell stories that only ‘Jordies’ could tell.

Sharon Fitzpatrick-Carr

21 November 2018

Patsy and Family my deepest Condolences
Your and Tony's visits to the Fitzpatrick home were always enjoyable. I remember how Mom would coax Tony into singing "Danny Boy" and "Ave Maria" during those visits. His beautiful voice never failed to spellbound all who were present. To this day when I hear either tune I think of Tony and the joy he brought to our home.
Heartfelt Prayers and Love ... Sharon Fitzpatrick - Carr

Stephen Leslie

20 November 2018 sorry to hear about your dad...thought and prayers to you and your family.

Robert & Debbie Greenslade

19 November 2018

Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

Cristal Ryan (Slaunwhite)

18 November 2018

Pat and family,

I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I worked with Tony at the WCB in the Assessment Department. He truly was a wonderful person and I know he will be missed.

Heather Fitzpatrick-Doucette

18 November 2018

Saddened by the loss of a dear family friend and a very special man.
Tony will be singing in the choir of the Angels now.
Love and Prayers to Patsy and Family
❤ Heather Fitzpatrick

Claudia and George Fox

18 November 2018

Dear Pat, Deborah, Ryan and Maureen - George and I are so sad to read about Tony in Saturday's paper. You chose a nice picture of Tony. He looks the same as he did when I last saw him with Pat at Lawton's Drug Store a few years back. He gave me that warm smile and a hug. That is the way we will remember him. Maureen and Ryan - we remember how we enjoyed your visits next door with your grandparents, when you would drop over to play with Jennifer, Matthew and James. I smile as I recall Tony telling us almost two decades ago when we lived side-by-side on Edinburgh Street how you always amused him, Pat, because "you could chat the ear off the leg of a table". We know you will miss all those chats now, and treasure them as Tony always has. I'm not a very religious person, but I like to think that spirits are zooming around out there, and that Tony just picked up there where he left off here, watching over and caring for people in his kind, reserved way. When I had my visit with our Jennifer this morning, I told her that Tony was on his way, and asked her to take him aside and show him the ropes. Take care of each other and keep Tony in your hearts. You are all in ours.
Claudia and George Fox

ann Wetmore

18 November 2018

Dear Pat and family, I have such vivid memories of so many years in Yarmouth when Tony would come to do WCB audits with my dad and be at our house, often singing. I think my father thought of him as a second son, and you were both so kind to me when my dad first became ill and was in hospital in Halifax. I know that Tony must be with the angels' choir now, and I wish you comfort and peace as his good spirit surrounds us. with deep condolences, Ann Wetmore

Alan Fitzpatrick

17 November 2018

Very sorry to hear of Tony's passing, too many memories to share, all of them fond as our families were tied together in friendship. I am glad to have had the opportunity to see Tony and Patsy on my last trip to Halifax.
Love and heartfelt condolences to Patsy and Debbie.

Carol Edwards

17 November 2018

Dear Pat and family,

I just wanted to say how sorry I am on hearing of Tony's passing. He will always be remembered for his kindness and the warm smile he always had for everyone. He will be missed, but never forgotten.

My condolences,

Carol Edwards