The Obit For Robert Whitaker

Robert D. Whitaker

Published in The Providence Journal on 9/25/2008

WHITAKER, ROBERT D., 77, of Lincoln Street, died peacefully on September 22, 2008 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Margaret 'Peg' (Berriman) Whitaker.

Born in Providence, a son of the late William J. and Mabel (Dyson) Whitaker, he was a lifelong resident of Seekonk. He attended East Providence High School where he was the All State pitcher in 1949 and went onto pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Organization.

Mr. Whitaker was a splicer for the former New England Telephone Co., Fall River, MA for 34 years before retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneer's Association.

Mr. Whitaker was a United States Army Veteran serving during the Korean War.

Besides his wife of 51 years, he is survived by three daughters; Mary E. St. Pierre of Seekonk, MA, Patricia A. Rainho of Seekonk, MA and Paula J. Gauthier of Seekonk, MA, three sons; James D. Whitaker of Fall River, MA, Robert D. Whitaker Jr. of Warren and Thomas E. Whitaker of Rehoboth, MA, a sister; Dorothy Hermanson of Taunton, MA, two brothers; James S. Whitaker of Seekonk, MA and William J. Whitaker of Ocala, FL and thirteen grandchildren.

His funeral will be held on Saturday September 27 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNER AL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 am with a Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Taunton Avenue, Seekonk at 10 am. Burial will follow in Rehoboth Village, Rehoboth, MA.

Calling hours are Friday 4-8 pm. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Robert's memory to the American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Ste. 3004, Warwick, RI, 02886 or VNA Hospice of RI, 475 Kilvert Street, Warwick, RI, 02886 would be deeply appreciated.