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Neill Funeral Home

3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA

OBITUARY

Philip Joseph Whelan

October 30, 1938June 15, 2019

Philip Joseph Whelan, M.D., passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the age of 80. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Philip was born on October 30, 1938 to the late Vernon and Mary (Doyle) Whelan, in Upland, Pennsylvania. At the age of 6, his family moved to a farm in Earleville, Maryland.

Surviving Philip are his wife of 54 years, Katherine Whelan; two daughters, Beth (Dave) Bartoli, and Amy (Brian) Neely. He was a loving grandfather to Philip, Sophia, David, and Kate Bartoli, and Emma, Caroline, and Abby Neely.

He is survived by 9 siblings; Mary, Susan, Anne, Sarah, Michael, Samuel, Agnes, Hugh, and John, along with many nieces and nephews.

Philip was a graduate of Cecilton School and attended Washington College. He graduated from University of Maryland Medical School in 1965. Philip completed one year of internship and one year of residency in Pathology at Saint Agnes Hospital in Maryland. He served in the United States Navy Submarine Service from 1967 to 1969. He completed his residency in Pathology and a fellowship at the Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore City, before joining Maryland General Hospital as a Pathologist. Philip loved being a doctor, and spent 31 years as a Pathologist, some of those years as Chief of Pathology.

Philip loved gardening, reading, traveling, and spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and sense of humor.

A visitation will be held at the Neill Funeral Home; 3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA on Thursday, June 20 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church; 1 Peter Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA on Friday, June 21 at 1:00pm with a visitation from 12:00pm until the time of the service. The burial will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery; 1313 S York St, Mechanicsburg, PA following service at the church.

  • FAMILY

  • Katherine Whelan, Wife
  • Beth (Dave) Bartoli, Daughter
  • Amy (Brian) Neely, Daughter
  • Mary Yeatman, Sister
  • Susan Mullori, Sister
  • Anne Swears, Sister
  • Agnes Brown, Sister
  • Sarah Whelan, Sister
  • Michael Whelan, Brother
  • Samuel Whelan, Brother
  • Hugh Whelan, Brother
  • John Whelan, Brother
  • Loving grandfather to Philip, Sophia, David, and Kate Bartoli, and Emma, Caroline, and Abby Neely, and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, June 21, 2019
  • Burial Friday, June 21, 2019

Memories

Philip Joseph Whelan

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Christmas Bucholz

June 23, 2019

Uncle Phil was not only my Uncle but my Godfather as well. He was such a kind and thoughtful person throughout every phase of his life! Uncle Phil was always the smartest person in the room but he was always humble beyond measure! My mother, his sister Mary frequently told us how Uncle Phil read all the books in their hometown library.The local librarian was so impressed she opened her home and gave him free rein to choose books from her own collection.That particular story is just one of the many amazing stories about Uncle Phil.He was greatly loved by all and will be greatly missed by all! Go rest high on that mountain Uncle Phil, until we all meet again
Your Goddaughter, Chrissy

Jessica Whelan

June 20, 2019

Uncle Phil always held a palpable and genuine presence of peace and kindness, with a twinkle in his eye that gave a glimpse into the radiance of his soul. I pray that we will continue to call upon his powerful support, as we also offer ours from this earthly plane of existence.

Agnes “Aggie” Browne

June 20, 2019

My memories of Uncle Phil are among some of the purest and most gentle memories I hold. Memories of egg hunts and Thanksgivings and Eves before Christmas spent in the warmth and loving embrace of aunts and uncles, all of whom held a special childhood space. But Uncle Phil, for me, was always the gentle Uncle- the unassuming and easy one who was as quick to offer a positive word as he was to chime in with a witty, wry joke. Like the time his Beth and Amy along with cousins Courtney, Whitney and I fell hard for a game of “dress-up” using antiquated (and mothball-strewn gowns) on the third floor of my grandmother’s home. And by gowns, I mean purple taffeta and lace with the most ostentatious among us additionally donning a hoop skirt and/or 1930’s bustle. Naturally, we thought ourselves “stunning.” Quite unnaturally, but with the grace and gentleness of spirit so uniquely his own, Uncle Phil met that moment with open-armed humor and boundless grace. Quipped something about the fact that he came to retrieve us for holiday dinner but upon seeing us, thought it more appropriate to bow and have tea with His Majesties- “The Cousin Queens.” Even then, his quiet acceptance and calm and gentle love for his family seemed eternal. I am so deeply sorry and share in felt loss, and loving memory, of someone so special.

David Bartoli

June 19, 2019

I’m am so blessed to have known and loved Phil for the last 27 years as both a father-in-law and a friend. He was the kindest man I’ve ever known. He loved his wife, kids, grandkids(and son-in-laws) completely and was an amazing role model for all of us. His humility was extraordinary as many people knew not of his time in the Navy or even of his career as a doctor. He was just Phil, the kindest, nicest man in the room. I will forever be appreciative of the time I was lucky enough to spend with him.

Nadine Whelan

June 19, 2019

As Phil's sister-in-law of 48 years, I can admiringly say that Phil was a kind and gentle soul. Phil was always the first to respond to anyone's needs or help in any way. He always had a positive and grateful disposition. Phil definitely was a bright spot in our family. As St. Francis said, "Preach the Gospel and if necessary use words." Phil personifies this message. Phil will be deeply missed but always remain in our hearts.

Gail Smith

June 19, 2019

I worked for many years at Maryland General Hospital with Dr. Whelan and found him such a nice person as well as a competent physician. He certainly will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

John Funkhouser, CPA

June 19, 2019

Dear Kathy & the Whelan family,
My memory of Phil as a professional client are far outnumbered by my memories of him as a friend. We had many great conversations, all including his wonderful humor. I will miss him very much. May the memories of your husband, father, and grandfather give you peace during this difficult time!

Caroline Neely

June 18, 2019

Pop Pop, I will miss all of your silly songs, bedtime stories, and our night time snacks. Every time we slept over Pop Pop would say, “Would anyone like me to cook them apples and grapes?” Trust me when I say, my Pop Pop ‘cooked’ (cut up) apples and grapes the best. When we would tuck in for bed, he would have a new story about his childhood or stories from his Pop Pop to share. I love you Pop Pop, thank you for all the fun times and always supporting me.

Amy Neely

June 17, 2019

You are the best Dad that a girl could ever hope for. I have so many wonderful memories of you as a father and a grandfather. Thanks for always loving us and supporting us❤️ I will miss everything about you but especially when you would laugh so hard at your own jokes that you would make yourself cry.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY