For­mer Pla­cen­tia mayor dies

Fred Whe­lan, 77, spent eight years on coun­cil

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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.

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