Passed away at Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital on August 22, 2016 at the age of 86 years. William (Billy) as he was known to many, was born in Conche on March 11, 1930 to Nicholas and Mary (Joyce) Whelan. He married Laboura (Carroll) Whelan on November 17, 1960 and together they raised eight children. He leaves to mourn his children; Debbie (Ted Companion), Ethel (Gerard Byrne), Bonita (Sean Temple), Kenneth (Angela), Randy (Carol), Claude (Stephanie), Velma, Willis (Sue); Grandchildren Elizabeth, Geoffrey, Lyndon, Kirk, Kristen, Andrew, Madison, Morgan, Mia, T.J., Keisha, Cole, Bailey, Cassy, Mack; Great-Grandchildren Austin, and Lois; Siblings Maureen, Bride, Susan (John Bromley), Jim (Cheryl), Nick; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Mike, as well as his brothers-in-law Ralph Carroll, Tom Connolly, Wilf Carroll, Clyde Carroll, and Tom Jackman. Visitation was held at the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Conche from where the funeral service was held on Thursday, August 25 at 11:00 am with Fr. Lourdhu Raju Madanu officiating. Interment followed. Funeral Services entrusted to Kerry M. Fillatre’s Funeral Home, St. Anthony and Roddickton, Lee Nippard Funeral Director.