Dar Whitley

Dar Whitley

Tuesday, July 2nd, 1935 - Monday, August 5th, 2019
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Whitley, Richard "Dar"

On August 5th, 2019 Dar passed at age 84. He was a true gentleman who carried a special light for those around him.

Husband for 56 wonderful years to Marg (Todd) and an amazing father to Chris (Kelly) and Rick (Jill). Loving grandfather to Julia, Jackson and Sara.

Predeceased by his parents Effie Irene White and William Whitley, and brothers Donald and William.
Brother of Marge (Simzer), Gerry and Bob and brother-in-law to Eleanor Whitley. Fondly remembered by numerous nieces, and nephews.

In his early working life Dar surveyed the St. Lawrence Seaway, but he will be best remembered by most as the operator of Esso Service Stations in Prescott and later Brockville. The last part of his career was spent at Y.E.A.H. (Youth Employment Assistance Headquarters). Dar was always an athlete and excelled at sports that required accuracy. While very competitive he always put good sportsmanship and comradery before winning.

A right-handed man who was a “South Paw” in sports, he pitched softball in both Prescott and Brockville. He won the city of Brockville trophy for 5 pin bowling.

With his brother Gerry he won the Ontario doubles lawn bowling championship in 1976.
An avid curler, he was the first local curler to use the “Stick” after his knee surgery and always had as much fun with drinks after the game as he did on the ice.

We would like to thank our family and friends who supported us in this difficult time. Special thanks to John Simzer and Herb Willer who often stopped in for a beer and a visit and Bob Fevens who came every week for a game of cribbage.

The Liturgy of the Christian Funeral will be celebrated on Friday, August 9, 2019, at 10:00 am in St. John Bosco Parish, Windsor Drive Brockville, Ontario. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation will be gratefully acknowledged. Leave a condolence on the "memory wall" tab above or place a donation using the link below the service and location details.
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    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 10:00am
    St. John Bosco Parish
    175 Windsor Drive
    Brockville, ON K6V 3H8
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  • Reception

    Irvine Funeral Home Reception Centre
    4 James Street East
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Denise Owsianicki

Posted at 10:51pm
Dear Marg & family
So sorry to hear of your loss. Dar was such a soft spoken, kind man who always had a smile and a friendly word. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Denise Owsianicki

Marlene Fitzgerald Harmer-Joly

Posted at 10:40am
Sincere condolences to Marg and family. I know it's been a lot of years since I've seen you but I will always remember Dar as the consummate gentleman and lots of fun to say nothing of a wonderful host.
God Bless you as you go through the grieving process and all the best in the future.
Marlene Fitzgerald Harmer Joly

Sandra Lawn

Posted at 09:45am
Please accept my sincere sympathy at Dar's passing. He was a fine, kind gentleman and a good friend - always cheerful whenever we met. My favorite memory of Dar is of our rushed trip to Burlington in the 1970's. As relatively new members of the Prescott Council and with our town engineer, Peter Martin, we dashed to the Small Craft Harbors offices in Burlington for a meeting that resulted in a solid start on the rejuvenation of Prescott's waterfront. It was his way of thinking matters through carefully, planning carefully, collaborating and then cheerfully expediting the plan that eventually led to the Small Craft Harbors magnificent breakwater and the rejuvenation of our historic waterfront. This little known part of his legacy and his uplifting and cheerful sense of teamwork should serve as a model for us all!!

Chris Whitley Posted at 05:39pm

Thanks Mrs. Lawn. I remember Dad hosting you and other councilors at our cottage on Bass Lake. Dad asked me three times to make sure I left gas in the boat and while I kept saying no problem, I forgot. Dad took you water skiing and promptly ran out of gas 100 yards off of the dock. Not funny at the time, but pretty funny now as I think about it. Regards, Chris.

James and Marisol Whitley

Posted at 12:01am
Thanks for all Dar. Rest In Peace.
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James (aka jimmy) Whitley

Posted at 11:55pm
My earliest memories were at a cottage and being introduced by two south paws teaching me horseshoes. While I was too little to toss the distance these gentlemen brothers were patient, loving, but pretty darn competitive to say the least.
Dar, thank you for that, amongst many other invaluable lessons in my approach to balance in life, relevance in the community, and being the best patriarch to your family. God bless Marg, Chris and Rick and yours for your loss. Jvw.

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