William F. Whaley Jr.

December 23, 1954August 31, 2011

WHALEY, William F. William F. Whaley, Jr., 56, of Deep River, died August 31, 2011 surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Janet Whaley. Bill was born on December 23, 1954 in Orange, NJ, son of Diane M. Whaley and the late William F. Whaley. He attended Southern Connecticut State University. Bill was a dedicated and hardworking employee of Tilcon CT in Wallingford for many years. He was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Chester. Bill was extremely devoted to his family and a loyal friend to many. A life-long fan of the New York Mets and New York Giants, Bill was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed coaching and watching his children's sports teams. He will be remembered mostly for his strength and courage, his lightheartedness, and his many practical jokes. In addition to his wife and mother, Bill is survived by his three children, Natalie, Meredith, and James, all of Deep River. He is also survived by three sisters, Lola Rathbone of Milford, NY, Lauren Hession of Madison, and Leslie Whaley of Cromwell; and his three brothers, James Whaley of Deep River, Kurt Whaley of Magnolia, MA, and Todd Whaley of Stratford; and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, September 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Chester. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Westbrook. Calling hours will be Tuesday, September 6 from 6-8 p.m. at the Swan Funeral Home, 1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made to the "Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation" at Please visit for condolences and tributes.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 6, 2011
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 7, 2011

William F. Whaley Jr.

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Debbie Furlo (Reynolds)

March 19, 2012

To Bill's family, my sincerest sympathies. I graduated with Bill; what a great guy he was at Daniel much fun!!

Jackie Russo-Boudinot

September 30, 2011

Janet and family, I read of Bill's passing yesterday, I'm so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of meeting your family through Tri-Town Football and of sharing together both wins and losses. This is truly one of the biggest losses. I will remember Bill for the smile he always offered to everyone and the laughter he often shared. May your memories of these and other moments bring you peace and comfort and may he rest in the loving arms of our Lord.

Patty Commander

September 10, 2011

Janet, Natalie, Meredith, and James,
My deepest sympathy to all of you in this great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Corcoran

September 10, 2011

Natalie - My condolences to you and your family. I hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared with your Dad and know that he is in the comfort of the arms of our Lord.

Judy Dawe

September 10, 2011

Dear Lauren and family, So sorry to hear about Bill's illness and recent death. He was such a fun-loving guy! Often think of you, Lauren and wonder where you ended up after MMH days. Sorry this is the way I had to reconnect! May you all eventually find a measure of peace in your beautiful memories of Bill. With deepest sympathy for your great loss. Judy Dawe,

Tracy Dickson

September 9, 2011

My deepest sympathies to your entire family. I hope that you have many happy memories and that those memories bring you peace and comfort in the days to come.

Jeanie Repose

September 9, 2011

Dear Janet and family, please accept my condolences in the loss Bill. You will all be in my prayers and thoughts. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
Love Cousin Jeanie

September 9, 2011

Dear Whaley family~so sorru to hear of Bill's passing. I met him thru his sister, Lauren, whom I went to nursing school with. I later worked with Bill at Middlesex Hospital. He always had a smile on his face & a funny story or joke to make you laugh. My thoughts & sympathy to all of his family....Nancy Papa (Macchietto) Chester, NJ

Judi Castellone

September 8, 2011

Dear Janet and family. I am so sorry to learn of Bill's passing. My sincere sympathies go out to each one of you. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Love Cousin Judi

Todd Thorpe

September 8, 2011

My deepest sympathy to the Whaley family.I worked with Bill on and off in North Branford and I will miss him.He always did have a smile on his face and I could tell much love in his heart. Rest in peace.