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Richard P. Whalen
  • In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gallagher Hospice, 1370 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.
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“We were so shocked and sorry to hear that Rick had passed. He is such a good man, good friend and neighbor. We will surely miss his smile ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Kathy and Ed Engelmeier - PA

“I just want the family to know that I have a special place in my heart for him our Fathers had similar jobs and I have known him for close to 60...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Joseph Poplowski - PA - Friend

“Kathy, the " 4GALS " have my sincere condolences. I had no idea of the fight Rick was going through, knowing him, he didn't give in at all.The...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: JOHN McMullen - Pittsburgh, PA

“You have our deepest sympathy & prayers ”
4 of 12 | Posted by: Jim, Terry, Gary & Emily Delehanty

“Condolences to the Whalen family, Rick reached out to me in March after my wife died of breast cancer, he told me of his battle, and I wished him a...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Tim Moskovitz - Henderson, NV

“Dear KATHY and family,Please accept our sincere sympathy. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Bob and Mary Ladesic ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Mary Ladesic - CAPE CORAL, FL

“So sorry to here about Richard .l never met him but I knew his father Jeff very well he was my fathers best friend back in the 1950 & 1960 when...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Frank Denk - Pittsburgh, PA

“SoSorryKathyPrayForYourFamily ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Shelley Farr - Pittsburgh, PA

“Kathy, Michelle, Katie and Holly & Families, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in my prayers and my thoughts are with you. ...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Vickie Pava - Pittsburgh, PA

“Kathy and family,So sorry to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers,Joanne Giancola ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Joanne Giancola - McMurray, PA

“Rick was a salt of the earth human being. Selfless and kind and taken way too soon. My heart breaks for my best friend Michelle and her family. My...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Lisa Polidora - Ambridge, PA

“Always a smile on his face, and ready for fun anytime we saw him over the years, Rick was a great guy, and leaves a vast void in the lives of all...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: George and Janet Starolis - TX


Richard P. Whalen, passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021. The greatest man we have ever known peacefully made his journey to Heaven after a valiant battle with esophageal cancer. A lifelong resident of Scott Township, Rick was born on January 24, 1950, a son of the late Jefferson A. and Norma (Allen) Whalen. He graduated from Chartiers Valley High School in 1967 and joined the Air National Guard. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Local 95 for 50 years until his retirement in 2015. He and his brothers were co-owners of JKJ services for 44 years and served many people throughout the community. On October 18, 1974, he married the love of his life, Kathy. Together they raised their three girls. He was the most devoted father coaching his girls every summer at Scott Township Athletic Association. He was involved in every aspect of their lives (the original "girl dad"). The greatest joys in his life were his eight grandchildren. He and Kathy were part of their grandkid's daily lives. He was their biggest cheerleader at all their activities. He made it a point to have a special relationship with each one of them. He enjoyed spending summer vacations with Kathy and their kids at Bethany Beach. After his retirement, Rick and Kathy discovered their love cruising and enjoyed traveling together. Rick loved his family above all else. His deep faith in God gives his family comfort knowing they will see him again someday. Rick is survived by wife and partner in life for 47 years of Kathy (Bummer) Whalen. Cherished father of Michelle and Michael Opferman, Katie and Ed Wesolowski, and Holly and Shawn Kosanovich. Best friend and devoted grandfather to the lights of life Jacob Richard, Kailey Elizabeth, and Brian Robert Opferman, Patricia Ann, Edward Richard, and Frances Joan Wesolowski, and Meka Kathleen and Michael Richard Kosanovich; faithful brother of George and Chris Whalen, Denise and Ron Kanai, and the late Jeff and Pam Whalen; devoted son-in-law of Kathleen (and the late Herb) Bummer; loving brother-in-law of Karen and Dave Benko; favorite uncle of Jeff Whalen, Kellie Laurenzi, Jason Whalen, Nicole Uhrin, Ron Kanai, Stacie Vaughan, Kristyn Siwiec, Justin Huber and their spouses; also survived by many great-nieces and nephews and many friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gallagher Hospice, 1370 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends welcome Friday, 2-8 pm WILLIAM SLATER II FUNERAL SERVICE (412-563-2800), 1650 Greentree Rd., Scott Twp. 15220. Funeral mass in Our Lady of Grace Church, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Saturday 11:30 am. Burial private to the family. www.slaterfuneral.com

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