South Hamilton — William Joseph Whelan, 82, born and raised in Lynn, MA, and a 55 year resident of South Hamilton, MA, died peacefully Saturday evening, February 9, 2013, in Vero Beach, FL, surrounded by family.
He leaves behind his cherished wife of 59 years, Jean (Mullen). He will be deeply missed by his 6 children, their spouses, and his adoring grandchildren: William J. Jr. (Natalie), and their children Amanda, Kevin, and Jack; Terrance (Michele), and their children Alexandra, Christopher and Megan; Ellen Shaughnessy (Keith), and their children Megan, Michael and Kari; James (Francine), and their children Allison, Annie, William and Kailee; Mari Schoder (Thomas), and their children Katie, Thomas and Ginny; and Thomas (Jule) and their children Molly, TJ and Teddy. He also leaves his loving sisters Mildred Beaton, Mary Jane Doyle, sisters-in-law Denise Whelan and Norma Whelan along with countless nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by brothers Thomas Whelan and Robert Whelan.
Bill graduated from Lynn English High School in 1948, where his father, Thomas J. Whelan, was the Principal. He then attended a post graduate year at Deerfield Academy and graduated from Cornell University in 1953. Throughout his school years he was the consummate athlete, capped off at Cornell where he captained the football and baseball teams. Bill was honored by being inducted into the Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Lynn English Inaugural Hall of Fame in 1996. After graduating, Bill served two years in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps stationed at Fort Lee in Petersburg, Virginia.
Bill's successful business career began as a Sales Executive at Owens Corning Fiberglass. Later, Bill was named Vice President of Sales for the Huse Liberty Mica Company before founding the Earl B. Beach Company of New England based in Woburn, MA, where he served as President. For over 25 years he served in this capacity, caring deeply about his employees and customers. After growing the company and raising their six children, he sold the company to a national distributor of electronic assembly supplies in order to enjoy retirement with Jean in South Hamilton and Vero Beach, FL.