Dennis Whalley Obit
July 2, 1944 - February 2, 2021
Having lived a full life at the age of 76, Dennis died peacefully surrounded by family. He will be deeply missed by many including his beloved wife of 56 years, Jean Whalley, son Darren Whalley and daughter, Rev. Canon Leslie Gerlofs (Dirk). Proud grandpa of Joshua and Jacob Gerlofs. Brother-in-law of Mary Newell and Kathryn Newell. Brother of Ed Whalley (Kathy) and Judy McIntyre (Wayne). Uncle of Ryan, Kelsey, Daniel, Adam and Crystal.
Dennis’s tenacity and determined spirit helped him navigate numerous health challenges over the years.
A successful career enabled Dennis to forge many long-standing relationships. From the floors of Firestone, to GT French Paper, to owner of Cardon Communications and Cardon Celcom, partner in Heron Point Golf Links and Clublink Board of Directors, his legacy will remain.
An avid and just slightly competitive sports enthusiast, (winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing) Dennis was always up for a challenge which brought out the best in him. His athleticism spanned many sports including football, baseball, hockey and golf. Instrumental in the building of Heron Point Golf Links, Dennis created a majestic course that remains a gem in the Clublink community. His love for golf and travel took him to courses across Canada, Europe and the U.S. (Pinehurst N.C. being one of his favourites). Manicured greens were an inspiration for meticulously maintained lawns at home. We imagine Dennis will be instructing St. Peter on how to cut the grass.
True to his roots and being a faithful servant, Dennis always gave back to the community. Over the years he was actively involved with St. Matthews Anglican Church, President of the Kinsmen Club of Burlington, a volunteer with youth programs at the local YMCA, member of the Tiger Cat Town Council, and chair of several charitable fundraising campaigns.
Dennis was in his element when entertaining family and friends, whether it be camping, building backyard ice rinks, cottaging, swimming, BBQing or travelling abroad. His most treasured moments were with his grandsons, Josh and Jake.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks to Joseph Brant ICU, for their devotion and care during Dennis’s final days - shout out to Rachel!
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Burlington, Carpenter Hospice or a charity of your choice.
A Service of Remembrance with a reception will be held at a later date.