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Date of Passing: Feb 28, 2012

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JOSEPH DOUGLAS WHITHAM 1927 - 2012 After a very long and courageous battle with cancer, Joseph Douglas Whitham, with his family at his bedside, passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital, on February 28, 2012, at the age of 84. Joe was born in a farm cottage in Rogersceugh, Cumbria, England and at an early age, worked alongside his Father and his brothers in the coal mines of Scotland. Having missed the war, he joined the Royal Air Force as a Motor Transport Driver, and while stationed in Iburg, Germany, met the love of his life and later wife of 64 years. In 1952, he started his long career in Policing. In 1957 he immigrated to Canada and took up roots in Winnipeg, whereupon his arrival, enlisted with the Winnipeg Police and took up walking the beat the same night he stepped off the train. Bringing his wife and now two children, in 1958, he started the second half of the family, with another two children. Dad was a hardworking, gentle man who enjoyed playing the bagpipes. He was a member of the Police Pipe Band as well as the Cameron Highlanders of Canada at Minto Armouries. The crowning glory of his Police career was the day he was promoted to the rank of Superintendent. He was a well-respected man of integrity and a valued Policeman's Policeman. After a total of 34 years of Policing, Dad retired in 1987 and cherished the rest of his days with his beloved wife doing the things they missed during his long working years. Predeceased by his brothers, Bill and Jim, sisters, Jean and Kitty in England, He leaves to grieve his passing, his dear wife, Johanna (Jane); children: Mary (Phil), Andrew, Dale and Barbara (Mario); grandchildren: Ian (Kim), Kim; Chad (Jolene), late Brett; Christopher, Douglas, Timothy (Amber), Patrick; Jason (Leanne), and Sean, and great-grandchildren, Jacqueline, Allison, Joshua, Colby, Stephanie, Erin, Taylor, Quinn, and Avery. He also leaves a large extended family back in England to mourn his journey to the peaceful beyond. Respecting Dad's wishes, cremation has taken place and no funeral will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Transcona #7 Legion, P.O. Box 62005, Transcona Postal Station, 104 Regent Avenue East, Winnipeg, MB R2C 5G2.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2012

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • No grandson could have had a better grandfather. I truly believe I will never meet someone who changed my life for the better as much as he did. I look forward to the day I can tell my children of the man who would sit me on his lap and read to me, share his Werther's candies, made me laugh with fart noises, always encouraged me to eat my greens and drink my milk and taught me life lessons that I will follow until the day I pass. I'll miss you boompa. - Posted by: Patrick Whitham (Grandson) on: Mar 06, 2012

  • Jane and family...sincere condolences on your loss. Remember the good times. - Posted by: Don and Lynne Bruce (former neighbour and retired Police Officer) on: Mar 03, 2012

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