F. Robert Whelan died peacefully at his home on Thursday, 2nd June 2011.
He reached 80 years of life and was a successful teacher, wrestling and judo coach. He left an indelible legacy on the lives of others.
He was an Air Force Veteran and had worked for the US Department of Defense as the High School Athletic Director – RAF Lakenheath Air Force Base in Suffolk and was responsible for implementing British Wrestling Clubs with folk-style wrestling for cooperative UK/US Military Base European Championships Achievements of his four sons included State Titles, as well as being named NCAA Division One All-Americans. He was husband to Cynthia, his wife of 37 years and father to 8 children.