Passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2023 in his 67th year. A native of Prince Edward Island, pre-deceased by parents Basil and Lillian (Morrissey), and loving brother to Walter (Marilyn), Pauline (Barry), Patsy (Ivan), James (Angela), the late Arlene (Nial), and Giselle (Fenton). Caring uncle of Mark (Stacy), Colin (Laura), Adam, Matthew (Chelsea), Mary-Ellen (Scott), Patrick (Stephanie), Michael, Tracey, Lindsay (Jordan), Garrett (Lindsey), Justin (Erin), Brett (Allison), Abilene (Steven) and Marshall (Judy). Will be sadly missed by his many great-nieces and nephews; Adeline, Lillian, Sophia, Thomas, Lucy, Molly, Kian, Samuel, Jack, Connell, Natalie, Liam, North and Ariat. Gerard had a deep love for horses, golf, and family and was a loyal friend to many. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to St. Augustine’s Church, Dundas or The Heart and Stroke Foundation. As per Gerard’s wishes, a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in PEI; no formal visitation or service.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Whelan family on the loss of their brother . Wilma and Percy Morrissey
thinking of you at this time. The Newman family
To all of Geard’s family but especially to my sister in law Patsy. My deepest sympathy to everyone, such a loss. He sure had a wonderful family around him. Audrey and Allan Fraser
Sending our condolences to the Whelan family on the loss of Gerard our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Brian Richard and Judy Morrissey Richard and family.
Gerard was more than an uncle… more than a friend. He was a life force like no other in my world, and I miss him deeply already. However, due to the enormity of his intelligence, compassion, and unmatched wit I feel him with me. I truly do. I love you Gerry.
We are so sorry to hear this news. Gerard was an awesome man. Our deepest sympathies to the Whelan family.
Dave & Georgia Ellis
My sincere condolences to Jim and the entire Whelan family. 🙏
Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association
To the Whelan family,
We were very sorry to hear of Gerard’s passing. Thinking of you all.
On behalf of my wife Sarah and I, I wanto express our sincerest condolences. A great loss for a great family.
I have so many fond memories of working with “Kern”. The first man to be ready to jog one in the am. First to get sarcastic and witty over a coffee in the washracks. Thanks for the memories friend.
We were shocked and saddened to hear that Gerard had passed. Our memories of Gerard and his sister Arlene go back to high school when we all hung out together. Gerard always had a quick smile and a great sense of humor and fun… he will be greatly missed by all… as was his beautiful sister Arlene. Our condolences to the Whelan families…
Condolences to the Whelan family at this difficult time. He will be dearly missed by all those that knew him. Thought and prayers to the family at this difficult time.
it was with great Sadness I learned of Gerard’s Untimely passing passing may he rest
i have strong memories of this great family as a small child although we don’t cross paths often when we do its with such genuine care they ask about my self and others
So sorry for your loss!
Gerard, you were the gem of all gems pal!!! You always treated me with class and respect and I truly loved that about you. I could have not seen you in a very long time and it was like I just saw you yesterday every time our paths would cross. Rest east my friend. You will be missed by all. JJ
Our Deepest Sincere Condolences to the Whelan Family, such a tragic loss, May He Rest in Peace ❤️
Rest in peace Gerard Claude and Roma Dorgan and family
We were very sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Our thoughts are with you all as you remember Gerard. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.
So sorry Jim & Angela and all the Whelan clan for the loss of a wonderful man .
My deepest condolences to the Whelan family on your loss.
Sending deepest condolences to your families.
I was so sad to hear of Gerard’s passing. I first met him when I was a groom for Paul Smith and he moved to the Whelan farm after selling his own, many years ago. We shared the barn with the Gerard and he was always so charming and so funny. We jokingly planned our future wedding picking a date in June. He made me laugh so much and I wish I had seen him in recent years, something I’ll regret now. Rest in peace my friend. You were one of a kind! xo
Gerrard old pal. I’ll see you again on the other side.
He was such a likeable guy. And a level of intelligence rarely found. Just after l went on my own, Gerrard was stabled beside me, working for Tom McCann. Every day at noon we would adjourn to Tom’s horse trailer and burn a big fat one.
Save me a seat pal. I’ll be along
To the Whelan family, please accept our deepest condolences on Gerard’s passing.
Gerard was a wonderful , kind, smart and caring person. He always asked about those close to you and their well being.
Gerard stayed closely connected to the Island and often knew more about Island happenings than those of us who live here.
Gerard valued family above all and was immensely proud of his large loving family.
We will miss him. God bless.
Mitch and Anne Marie Murphy
Sorry to hear your gone Gerry,I had and have great admiration for you ,driving and shoeing horses and going through the constant pain you had but never showed. One tough bastard.Rest In Peace.
Very saddened to hear of Gerard’s passing. My sincerest condolences to all of the family.
We are saddened to have received the news today that Gerard has passed. A good man who will be truly missed by many. Our sincerest condolences to the Whelan Family.
Thinking of the whole family. He was a great and special person. Orlaith and Eurico
Christine and I send our deepest condolences on Gerard’s passing! He was a great friend for many years! We’re thinking of his family at this difficult time!
“G” will be sorely missed. Our condolences to the Whelan family.
Dan and Alison
Our sincere condolences to Jimmy, Patsy and the entire Whelan family on the sudden passing of your brother Gerard. Our thoughts are with you at this very difficult time.
Bryan and Marie
Our deepest condolences from the Gavin family from Kildare , I remember Basil and Lillian and children lived “across the fields “ from us ! So sorry for your loss
Patsy and Pauline and families
On behalf of my wife Peggy and I ,I’m sending our deepest sympathy to all the family.
Roger and Peggy DesRoches.
Our deepest sympathies to the family of Gerard.Our prayers are with the families.
Dear Jim, Walter, and the entire family – our sincere condolences on the loss of your brother Gerard. May he kindly rest in peace and may you cherish your great moments, stories, and events together as they will guide you through this very difficult time. You are a close family and have relied on that strength with many friends and confident you will collectively help each other…if we can assist in any manner, it would be our honor. You lost a great man – our thoughts and prayers.
Gladys and Francis MacKenzie, Nova Scotia
So very sorry to hear this sad news of the passing of your dear brother Gerard….He was such a nice guy who loved life especially the horses! He’ll be missed by so many! Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
Thoughts and condolences are with Gerard’s family and friends at this time of your loss… from the Grady’s
To Pauline and Patsy – so sorry to hear of Gerard’s passing. Hoping warm family
memories will help you through the days ahead. Heartfelt sympathy to you and
So very sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers for you all
Linda Ross Paul and Mark
To Jim and family,so sorry to hear about Gerard’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. From Dave and Cynthia McNally
So sorry for your loss. Sending along our heartfelt condolences.
Muriel and family.
Heartfelt sympathy to all of Gerard’s family, he will truly be missed by you all. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.
Shane & Janet Lefurgey
Very saddened to hear of Gerard’s passing. Our sincerest condolences to all of the Whelan family.
So sorry to hear the sad news. He was such a nice guy. Our condolences to the family. Rest in peace.
Bryan & Lella Montgomery
So very sorry for such a great loss….our thoughts and prayers go out to Gerard’s family & friends. Hugs to each one of you. Allie and Betty Ann Richard
Our deepest condolences to all the family. Rest In Peace Gerard. Harry & Sheri Poulton
So saddened to read of this news this morning. Wishing sincerest condolences to Pep and Jimmy and the entire extended family. “G String” was the man, a genuine man, who treated me like one of his own even when I was a know-it-all, wannabe horseman kid. I can remember it like it was yesterday, walking through his little barn at Jimmy’s and him introducing me to his favourite horse of my time: “Pete, this is Alissas Crown, perhaps you’ve heard of him?!?!”. Here’s hoping the two of them are reunited and prepping for their next race together featuring that patented three-wide swoop around the field on their ways to victory, all while Rosie curses the two of them under his breath from the sidelines! Rest in peace, G.
Please accept our deepest condolences on Gerard’s passing….. another terrible shock for all of you. I am very much aware of how incredibly close you all are…and you will miss those daily chats with your beautiful brother. You will carry him now in your hearts , as you do Arlene, until you will all be together again. A special soul….and how fortunate he was to have such an incredible family. Praying for you all.
Our sincere sympathy and condolences to all the Whelan family on such a tragic loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Dianne and Gary Doucette
Our deepest sympathy to the Whelan family from Florence, Edward, and David Cahill of Kildare, P.E.I. Memories of Gerard are of the care free days of childhood. May he rest in peace. A Mass has been requested for him and will be said at Sacred Heart Church in Alberton. Our thoughts are with you all.
my very deepest sympathy to all of your big family on the sudden passing of Gerard ..God Bless all of you , Sincerely ..Gail Shea
Gerard was a beautiful and very kind person. We shared many happy moments .. we both loved the sunrise…back in our young days. He is blessed with a wonderful family and he always knew it. Sending my sincere condolences to all of his family. A very deep loss … thinking of you all and sending warm hugs.
Pauline & Patsy,
Our Deepest Sympathy to you both and all your family in the loss of your brother Gerald.
Thinking of you at this sad time.
So sorry to hear of Gerard’s passing. Much love and condolences to the family.
Well Gerard we certainly had memories together going back decades to the barn at Flamboro Downs. Like the time the yearling colt threw himself right on the trunk of my car and your response ‘You shouldn’t have parked there!’ Or when I took a horse out onto the track to diagnose an issue and totally lost control with the horse galloping full speed. I was able to steer him off the track and we went full tilt into your barn wall. Your response: ‘Well where’s he lame?’ Quite the sense of humor. RIP Gerard.
My sympathy to all the family, so sorry to hear. Roy talked about you all, I felt I knew you. Roy passed away Nov. 20, 2022. Looking forward to seeing some of you at a memorial service.
So sorry to hear if Gerard’s passing, I remember him fondly from High School, he was a fun loving unique classmate. I enjoyed the time I spent hanging out with him and Arlene. Special memories. Deepest Sympathy’s to both Pasty, Pauline, and extended family members during this sad time. Gentle thoughts to you all.
Walter, Pauline, Pasty, James and Family,
So sorry to hear of the sudden death of your beautiful brother, Gerard. I knew Gerard when I met my dearest friend, Arlene when we were 13 years old. He was a great brother to her and to all of you. I know how close you all were and will feel his absence. I can only imagine how heartbroken you must feel. When you think of him try to remember the happy times and his sense of humor. Keep him close in your hearts.
Please know that my love and thoughts are with you and your families.
Lorraine McMahon Wanvig and Brent Wanvig
So very sorry to hear of Gerard’s passing. Another very sad passing of a much loved Whelan family member. May your happiest memories of Gerard bring you solace on your most difficult days.
So sorry for your loss. My condolences to the Whelan family.
Thinking of you and sending my sincere condolences, wishing you peace and comfort.