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Cruikshank’s Halifax Funeral Home

2666 Windsor Street, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Patricia Raymonde Whalen

April 14, 1938June 22, 2020

With great sorrow we are announcing the death of Patricia Mary Whalen (Ryan), age 82 on June 22, 2020 after a long battle with cancer.

Born in Quebec to Olive and Eugene Ryan, Patricia was raised in Herring Cove by her grandparents, John and Aileen Baker after the death of her father.

Pat spent 35 years working for Manulife Financial. After her retirement she spent much of her time volunteering at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Pat had an ability to make friends everywhere and always had a warm welcome to all at her home.

Pat is survived by her daughter, Debbie; granddaughter, Maureen (Alan) Dodge; grandson, Ryan (Emily) Leach as well as her great-grandchildren, Leland, Amelia and Charlotte; sisters, Claire and Colleen and many nieces and nephews. Pat was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Antony Whalen; son, Charles; brother, Jack and sister, Geraldine.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Dixon Centre Cancer Clinic as well as the VON for their care. Pats last days were made comfortable by the dedicated care of the doctors and nurses at the Halifax Hospice.

Pat especially wanted to thank Don and Linda Chisholm and Patty Schelleman for their friendship and caring.

Funeral service for Pat will be held in St. Catherine of Siena, 6476 Bayers Road, Halifax. Due to the ongoing Provincial regulations and respecting social distancing, Pat's service will be by invitation only. Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Sackville, NS. In Lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a Charity of your choice.

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Mark Ryan

July 2, 2020

Debbie,

Your mom was a strong, feisty and independent women. I will miss reminiscing with her, her infectious laugh and that crazy sense of humour. Take care of yourself and your family in the months to come.

Steven Sinyerd

July 2, 2020

Claire and family,I am so sorry to hear about Pat,Tony and Geraldine. They were some of the most generous and nicest people you could’ve met

Sandra Doherty

July 2, 2020

Debbie and Family
My fondest memory of Patsy was the many years we spent taking our grandmother Aileen Baker out for her groceries on Thursdays. At that time Patsy drove a Volkswagen Beetle which had very little heat in the wintertime
We'd bundle up grandmother and head into HAlifsx. It wasn't uncommon to encounter a snowstorm on our return to the cove. Somehow Patsy managed to get safely back inspite of heavy snow and treacherous conditions. We had great times attending the many church suppers in the cove. Mom looked forward to Patsy's visits to remember by gone days and had many laughs. You are truly going to be missed Patsy!!
Sandra (Gargan) and Doug Doherty

Eleanor McCloskey

June 30, 2020

Debbie, I loved your Mom. We were good friends. I was welcome, as you Likely know, to take friends to her place. Pat and Tony shared hospitality to me and to many CND Sisters, to college students when we had events in Halifax, and to our family. The foreign students they welcomed to live with them was amazing, I thought.
She loved recounting her adventures around those weekday meals at church.
I am confident her reward will be abundant. She was a great woman who lived by generosity, compassion and love of life. I am grateful she was in my life, even a little bit.
Will pray for you, Debbie, as you move on without a Mom.
Sister Eleanor McCloskey

Jay Watts

June 30, 2020

Dear Debbie, I am so sorry to hear your mothers passing, Pat and I worked together for 10 years at Manulife, I never laughed so hard when we worked together, what a sense of humor, still kept in touch for quite a few years after Manulife, last time I saw your mum was with Tony , what a great couple!
My husband Bob and I were just talking about Pat the other day, so was shocked to hear of her passing.
Pat will always be in my thoughts.
Sincerely
Jay & Bob Watts

Pat Laplante

June 30, 2020

Debbie please accept my deepest condolences for the loss of your mom.My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time.She was a wonderful person loved her and Tony both they were awesome people.

Cindy MacDonald

June 30, 2020

Debbie, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Patsy fought a long hard battle with your loving and care. She was a wonderful person who definitely lit up the room with her infectious laugh and those beautiful blue eyes. She was a great friend to my mom, and to our family. When I think of her it's with smiles and tears. We will certainly miss her.
Cindy and Frank Macdonald

Tony Morris

June 30, 2020

It is with a heavy heart, I read of the passing of Pat whom I met in 1966 while playing cricket with her husband, Tony. A recent immigrant to Canada, I was warmly welcomed in their home and Tony was best man at my wedding to Marilyn at Peggy's Cove. I shall miss Pat's humour and laughter. A truly warm and generous lady.

Joanne Duffett

June 29, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about the passing away of your mom Pat. I met Pat and Tony through being a member of St Theresa’s church. I just loved whenever I was in their presents. They were both wonderful people. May your mom Rest In Peace reunited with Tony in heaven.

LISA ANNE GARGAN

June 27, 2020

Hi Debbie, god damn it, Ive been trying to send my message for hours. Your mother is having a big hoot over me swearing trying to get this done right. What can I say other than what Ive told you before. You are strong and brave, have done right by your mom, till the very end. You spoke of wishing you had as many siblings as I do. The truth of the matter is, you did the work of nine Gargan's. You stepped up to the plate and did what needed to be done for a very long time. I'm proud of you, and honored to have you for a cousin. Your parents, Patsy and Tony, came to countless Gargan get togethers on Seaforth Street. They were such fun, Tony never hesitating to sing for mom. We enjoyed their company immensely. I will miss the talks I had when Erin and I came to visit you and your mother, those god forsaken sweets that your mother insisted to "have another one, go on", and your coffee that always hit the spot. As hard as it is, you know your mother is in a better place, no more pain. She suffered long enough. When its quiet and still in my world, I can hear your mothers' infectious laugh and it always puts a smile on my face. God Bless You Patsy, you fought a good fight. Ill see you on the other side.
God Bless You Debbie. xo

FROM THE FAMILY