Former Placentia mayor dies
Fred Whelan, 77, spent eight years on council
Residents of Placentia are in mourning the loss of a former mayor and long-time council member.
Fred Whelan died Dec. 1 at the age of 77, the town confirmed in a news release issued Dec. 3.
“Mr. Whelan was regarded as a sincere gentleman who believed in treating residents with fairness and respect,”the town said in its news release. “Known for his quiet voice, gentle personality and jovial sense of humour, he is credited with having had a great love for his community.”
During his time on council, which spanned from 1997 to 2005, he took on the roles of councillor, deputy mayor and mayor. He is also credited with working on numerous committees. Within the community, Whelan volunteered with the Placentia Arts Historical Society and the local Star of the Sea chapter.
The Town of Placentia lowered flags to half mast at the town square and fire hall in Whelan’s honour.
Placentia’s town council, including Mayor Wayne Power, expressed their condolences to Whelan’s family.
Whelan was buried Dec. 5 following a service at Sacred Heart Church in Placentia.