Patrick's Story

HOPE - Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick J. Whelan died April 11, 2016 while serving at Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam. He was born December 1, 1969 at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts to Richard and Carole (Drinan) Whelan.

Patrick was a 1988 graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Maine, and a 1993 Graduate of the University of Maine at Orono.

He was the fourth generation of his family to serve in the Air Force. His active duty service began in July of 1994 and took him and his family to Air Force bases around the US and the world. During this time, Patrick earned a masters degree in physiology from the University of Oklahoma. He served in New Jersey, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, Romania, California (twice), Kuwait, South Dakota, Virginia and Guam. His service includes being an Associate Professor of Biology at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a squadron commander at Beale Air Force Base in California and again at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, Air Force liaison officer at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California, Coordinator with Reserve Forces at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and Deputy Commander of the 36th Mission Support Group at Anderson AFB, Guam. He was respected and admired by all who had the good fortune of working with him.

Patrick is survived by his daughters, McKenzie of Boston, MA and Delaney of Portland, ME, his wife Heidi (Curtis) Whelan of Portland, ME, his parents of Hope, his wonderful aunts, uncles and cousins, countless friends around the country and the world.

Patrick lived his life as a beautiful example of what he wished for the world - that each of us would always be kind.

To read more of Patricks life, his many adventures and accomplishments, see Hall Funeral Home, past services: www.hallfuneralhomes.com/book-of-memories/2484104/Whelan-lt-Col-Patrick/obituary.php

In Patrick's memory, gifts may be made be made to: Friends of Baxter State Park: friendsofbaxter.org; your local or national Veterans for Peace, DAV (Disabled American Vetrerans), Avian Haven, avianhaven.org , or anyone devoted to the kind care of people, animals and our earth.
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