Obituary of Nicholas Francis Whalen
Nicholas Francis Whalen
November 21, 1941- April 25, 2019
Nicholas (Nick) Whalen, loving husband and father, passed away suddenly on April 25 2019. He spent his last afternoon eating his favorite lunch of hot dogs and working in his beloved backyard garden.
Nick was born in Manhattan, NY to Nicholas and Rose Whalen on November 21, 1941. He spent his childhood on Staten Island with his siblings, Roseann and Joseph. At the age of 15, Nick made the cross country trek to California with his family. The family settled in the Sunland-Tujunga area where he resided for the rest of his life.
Nick met Barbara at the Cinnamon Cinder Dance Club in Alhambra and they married in 1964. They moved to Sunland where they resided for 50 years. They had a son Michael and a daughter Debbie.
Nick worked at Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in Information Technology for 33 years. He was always very proud of his time there and all the people he met along the way. One of his favorite things to do was to visit with his former coworkers and reminisce about their work days.
In his younger days, he loved coaching Little League baseball, riding his bicycle on the canyon roads above Sunland, playing basketball at Sunland Park and spending time with his family. In his retirement, he enjoyed talking politics, sending jokes via email to friends and working in his garden. He took great pride in his house and always made sure that it looked beautiful.
Nick was a extremely patriotic and a very proud American.
Nick is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, son Michael their daughter Debbie, Daughter-in-law Judy son-in-law Dante, grandson Anthony, sister Roseann, brother Joseph and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Nick will be greatly missed.