Robert W. Whipple, Sr.
1938 – 2019
N. Grosvenordale – Robert W. Whipple, Sr., 80, of Holmes St, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at UMass University Hospital. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late William W. and Olga (Drescher) Whipple. Bob was a graduate of the Mystic Oral School class of 1957.
Mr. Whipple worked as a self-employed carpenter and antique refinisher. He was a member of the Worcester, Mystic, Hartford and Bridgeport Deaf Clubs. He played Norwich YMCA Basketball and Mystic Oral School Basketball. Then later was inducted into the “N.E.A.A.D.” New England Athletic, Association of the Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame on March 5th of 1988. He was an avid NASCAR fan and was himself a racecar driver and owner; racing in Waterford Speed Bowl and Thompson International Speedway.
Bob is survived by his wife, Betty M. (Greenlaw) Whipple, his sons, William Whipple and his wife Jennifer of Eastford, and Robert Whipple, Jr. and his wife Jordan of Winstead; his daughters, Sharon Kalis and her husband Robert of St. Augustine, FL, Georgia Pollard and Roberta Guadarrama and her husband Victor Albino of N. Grosvenordale, and Jackie Waldron and her fiancé Kevin House of Beaver Dams, NY; his brothers, Arnold Whipple of Stockton, CA, and William Whipple of Woodbury, CT; his sisters, Harolyn Anthony of Murrells Inlet, SC, and Ruth Hopkins of Danielson; 17 grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sisters, the late Diane Barber, Susan Metivier, and Barbara Murray; and a grandson.
Services have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam, CT 06260. At the family’s request, a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Whipple family c/o William Whipple, 1 Sprague Hill Rd., Eastford, CT 06242 or on line at www.gf.me/u/q2jj86.com. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.