Lynn Whalen, the rock of the Whalen family, died on Monday, January 18 at The Moncton Hospital, three years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was 64.
Lynn was known for her wonderful smile, calm spirit, gentle demeanour, and deep love for her family and friends.
Lynn was born in Fredericton on July 10, 1956, the second child of Donald and Patricia (Carle) Johnson. She grew up in a musical home with her sisters Kathy and Joy, and very much embodied the quiet, even-tempered middle child. She graduated from Fredericton High School in 1974 then went on to graduate from the Dr. Everett Chalmers School of Radiologic Technology in 1977. Soon after, she accepted a job at The Moncton Hospital. She loved her job as an X-ray technician and made lifelong friendships with her many co-workers in the department.
While attending an event at a local curling club, Lynn met a man who was too nervous to ask her to dance — so she asked him. Eighteen months later she married Bill, the love of her life, on September 22, 1984. Two years later, Lynn accomplished what she felt she was always meant to do: she became a mother.
They welcomed three children — Katie, Matthew and Julia — while living on Queen Mary Road. Bill’s job soon took them to Quispamsis where the family stayed for two years, making great friends along the way. They moved back to Moncton in 1994 to what is now known as the Whalen house.
Lynn made the difficult decision to not return to her job at the hospital and instead stay home to raise her kids. She drove them to and from every practice, game, recital and everything in between; baked treats for the kids and their friends; and volunteered at Birchmount School both in the library as well as teaching students how to write in cursive. Lynn was a constant in her children’s lives and they are so grateful for the time she spent with them.
Lynn and Bill were a dedicated team for more than 36 years. They loved spending time together, whether it was staying at charming B&Bs in Maine and New Hampshire or watching Red Sox games at home on the couch. Lynn especially loved their long drives in the Mini.
Lynn is survived by her beloved husband, Bill, and her three children: Kate, Matt and Julia (Jeremy). She will be dearly missed by her sister Kathy Watt (Murray), sisters-in-law Maureen Merrill (Steve) and Jane Sunderland, nieces and nephews David Watt (Amy), Amy Parrill (Mark), Kim Wilson (Wayne), Todd Merrill, Jeff Sunderland (Cara), Marsha Johnston (Justin), Kelly Thompson (Steve) and Geoff and Ryan Burgoyne, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, grand-nieces and nephews and many dear friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Don and Pat, and her sister Joy.
The family would like to thank the staff at The Moncton Hospital, in particular the Oncology and Palliative Care Units, the Dr. Sheldon Rubin Oncology Clinic, the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital and the New Brunswick Extra-Mural Program for their dedicated care over the last three years. Special thanks to Drs. Igoe, Richard, Comeau and Harb for their kindness and care of Lynn.
A Service to Celebrate Lynn's Life will be held from St. John's United Church (75 Alma St. Moncton) on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 2:00 pm with The Rev. Aaron Billard leading the Celebration. Covid-19 guidelines will be respected and wearing a mask is mandatory at the church. Reception to follow at Delta Hotels Beausejour, 750 Main St..
Arrangements under the professional care of Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Road, Moncton (858-1995).
Lynn’s greatest joy in life was becoming a mother to her three beautiful children. In this spirit, donations can be made to the Lynn Whalen Memorial Endowment Fund, through the Friends of The Moncton Hospital Foundation (friendsfoundation), in support of new mothers and their babies who need a little extra help while they are at The Moncton Hospital.
Visit FriendsFoundation.ca/Donate and choose Lynn Whalen Memorial Endowment Fund in the dropdown box. Online condolences for the family can be shared at