June 21, 2007
After valiantly battling cancer, Robert Whelan slipped away peacefully this week. A longtime resident of the San Francisco Bay Area and 39-year member of the Pacific Maritime Association, ILWU Local 34, he retired to the beauty of Lake Tahoe six years ago. As an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, he could not have asked for a better place to spend his final years. He enjoyed hiking in Desolation Wilderness and fishing in the many lakes and rivers of the Sierra. His passion was golf, playing weekly with his SIR buddies from Lake Tahoe Branch 160. He was an active member in Elks Lodge, No. 2094, and the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra. He was very proud of the philanthropic work both groups performed.
Robert was a graduate of Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, Calif., where he left his mark on the football field. He attended College of Marin, where he also hit the gridiron. Later he coached youth softball for his daughter.
Robert will be remembered for his quiet thoughtfulness, his caring demeanor, and his incredible strength. He touched many lives leaving an impact on so many. His sense of humor and contagious laugh will be greatly missed. He was a husband, a father, a friend, and to many a hero. He would ask that tears not be shed, but instead a toast be made to remember the great times he shared with everyone.
His wife, mother, two sisters, three children, and grandson survive him. A celebration of his life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center.