With sadness we announce the passing of Eric Whalley peacefully on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Predeceased by his beloved wife Eileen (October 2011) and his parents Horace and Elizabeth. Loving father of David (Nancy), Cheryl and Lisa (Steve), adored grandfather of April (Adam), Stephanie (Dan), Jennifer, Whitney and Chloe. Great grandfather of Jackson and Lincoln. Dear brother of Kath, Jean (Alan) and brother-in-law of Phil, all of the U.K. Predeceased by sister Heather and brother-in-law George. Also remembered by 5 sisters-in-law, 4 brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews in Ontario, Michigan, the U.K. and Hong Kong.
Eric came to Canada with his numerous skills in his early twenties. It was here that he met the love of his life, Eileen and established Eric Whalley Construction, a highly regarded company that carried on business in southwestern Ontario for over 50 years.
Eric was known for his honesty and his sense of commitment to his customers, employees and the various sub-trades who worked on his projects. Even in retirement, people who previously had never met Eric would recognize his name and associate it with quality homes.
In addition to being a successful businessman, he was a loving husband and a proud father. He cherished his time with his family and made a point of taking family trips on a regular basis. Eric was also a spiritual man whose faith in Jesus Christ was very important to him. He always welcomed the opportunity to share that faith with others.
The family would like to thank Dr. Ray and Marion Meredith for the love and support shown in recent months and, in fact, over the years. What they have done will never be forgotten. A special thanks as well to the staff in Palliative Care on the sixth floor at University Hospital for the kindness and care they provided.
Family interment will take place in the spring. A celebration of life will be held at North Park Community Church on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider Teen Challenge or New Life Prison Ministry. Online condolences may be made at www.westviewfuneralchapel.com