ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (WPVI) —
Mourners got here from everywhere in the Delaware Valley to pay tribute to Former Atlantic Metropolis mayor Jim Whelan.
Atlantic Metropolis Mayor Don Guardian stated, “Whale” beloved this metropolis and we and a generations to return shall be higher due to him.”
“He did issues for individuals who barely knew his identify. He made life higher for residents of Atlantic Metropolis, residents of South Jersey,” Former Pa. Governor Ed Rendell stated.
Whelan died of a coronary heart assault on August 22. His spouse Kathy, and son Richie have been joined by household and a big crowd that filed via the cavernous corridor to pay their respects and keep in mind him.
On line casino Management Commissioner Alisa Cooper stated, “My pricey, pricey good friend shouldn’t be with us anymore. I can solely say Jim, the place ever you’re, Relaxation In Peace.”
“He was one of many good guys. The man that may do the only factor, uncommon factor,” William Cheatham of Atlantic Metropolis, NJ stated.
Resorts President and CEO Mark Giannantonio stated, “Jim was an excellent champion of the gaming business, nevertheless it was even broader than that. He liked Atlantic Metropolis.”
Whelan grew up in West Philadelphia, attending Saint Francis DeSales grammar faculty. Among the many mourners immediately, have been two nuns from his old fashioned.
Sr. Jeannette Lucy of St. Francis DeSales stated, “I assume each instructor hopes that for his or her college students that they may exit and make a distinction, and Jim Whelan actually made a distinction right here, it is evident.”
To acknowledge his many years of public service, there’s laws now being launched to honor Sen. Jim Whelan by naming the well-known Boardwalk Corridor in his reminiscence.
NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney stated, “Jim was Mr. Atlantic Metropolis and that is probably the most iconic constructing right here. So I spoke to Governor Christie, he was supportive of it.”
It was an enduring tribute to a person who personified public service.
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