William P. Whalen

November 2, 1924October 1, 2018

William Peter (Bill) Whalen Bill Whalen, 93, of Massena, New York died peacefully on October 1, 2018 from complications with pneumonia. His wife of 68 years, Barbara, and four children were at his bedside. Bill was born November 2, 1924 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to Jane and John Whalen. Bill moved from Massachusetts to Norwood, N.Y. while still a young boy. He graduated from Norwood High School and enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1944. He trained and became a pilot during World War II, flying for the Army Air Corps. When World War II ended, Bill was Honorably Discharged and returned to Potsdam, where he attended Clarkson College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Following graduation, he worked for two years for Spaulding Fiber in Tonawanda, N.Y. Again, Bill returned to Potsdam and married his college sweetheart, Barbara Wade. They settled in Massena, and Bill accepted a job with Alcoa. After four years, Bill was hired as Plant Engineer with Allied Chemical at the quarry in Norwood and was promoted to Plant Manager of the Eastern Division of Allied Chemical (now called Barrett Paving Material) before his retirement in 1982. Together, Bill and Barb enjoyed many activities including playing cards with their Bridge Group, cycling, bowling, and spending summers at their camp on the Rainbow Falls Reservoir in South Colton, N.Y. Bill was very handy and built the family home in Massena and the camp at Rainbow Falls. He loved helping the family with a variety of projects and repairs. Bill was predeceased by his three brothers and only sister: Ray Whalen (Winthrop), Paul Whalen (Potsdam), John (Jack) Whalen (Potsdam) and Mary Jane Beckstead (Massena). He is survived by his wife Barbara of Massena; sons Steve of Elmira, New York and Bill of Liverpool, New York; daughters Nancy (Tom) Fucillo of Camillus, New York and Kathy (Vance) Fleury of Massena; six grandchildren, Tom, Kelly, Kevin, Stephen, Danielle and Aaron. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 17 Lawrence Avenue, Potsdam at 9:00AM Saturday, October 6, 2018; burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam and a reception immediately following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Massena Meals on Wheels, 70 East Hatfield St. Massena, N.Y. 13662.


  • Massena Meals on Wheels


  • Funeral Mass Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Peggy ( Treers) Mossow

October 5, 2018

Mrs. Whalen, Nancy, Kathy and all,
So sorry to hear of Mr. Whalen's passing. In recent years when at my mom's I always enjoyed seeing him out for his daily walk to the corner and back, but now also remembering so many mornings walking through the yard to walk to school with Nancy , and other times spent at your house with my friend in high school. Mr. and Mrs. Whalen always with a smile on their face and so welcoming.
Terry and I are thinking of you all.
Sincerely, Peg

Mark Whalen

October 5, 2018

From as far back as I can remember, the entire clan would gather at uncle Bill and aunt Barb's place in Massena for Thanksgiving. It was ALWAYS an amazing fun time, great food and great family. The home movies, and photos that I have of those holiday gatherings is something I cherish. Every holiday season I pull out my DVD's of home movies, crack a bottle of wine, grab the tissue box and warm myself in all the wonderful memories. Be at peace uncle Bill. You're reunited with Ray, Jack, Paul and Mary Jane, your parents, and all those that have gone before you. Say hi to Jack & Anna for me. I know that you all will be watching over us down here, and that is a comforting thought.