John Richard Whittaker

May 22, 1934 - May 7, 2019

U.S. Veteran

Service Date:

A Graveside Service with military honors will be held later in the summer and will be announced.

John R. Whittaker, 84, died peacefully Tuesday May 7, 2019 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, surrounded by his family.

Mr. Whittaker was born and raised in Sanford, the son of John (Jack) and Helen (Johnson) Whittaker, and dedicated step-son to Barbara Whittaker.

After graduating from Sanford High School in 1952, Mr. Whittaker joined the U. S. Army where he served in Stuttgart, Germany throughout the remainder of the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to his hometown working as a painter for a short period of time before becoming the library maintenance man for Nasson College. After the eventual closing of Nasson, Mr. Whittaker became the maintenance man for Sanford Town Square and for Key Bank until his retirement in the late 90’s.

An avid sports enthusiast and amateur cartoonist in his spare time, Mr. Whittaker, emulating the style of his idol, Bill Gallo, started his own local sports newspaper in the 60’s entitled Pen ‘N’ Ink Sports. In his words, “The Scope of Pen ‘N’ Ink Sports is not that of a common result reporter, but is intended to feature cartoons and stories on local personalities, in or connected with Sanford sports.” A copy could be had by all for only 25 cents.

Mr. Whittaker’s passion for animals far exceeded that of many men. Having never married or had children of his own, his animals were considered his life and some of their names can be found sketched alongside his on the front porch of his home.

He is preceded in death by his mother/s and father; brother, Norman Whittaker; brother, William Whittaker; and sister, Sandra Whittaker Dwyer.

He is survived by his sister, Maureen Ouellette of Florida; brother, Harry Whittaker of Texas; his Kitten, Fred the Fighter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service with military honors will be held later in the summer and will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, family has requested donations be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, ME 04074 or to the David’s Fund, @the York County Federal Credit Union, 1516 Main St., Sanford, ME 04073 – this fund is for families that need help with services.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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