AUBURN — John M . Whalen, 71, of Auburn died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Aug. 12.

He was born in Newton, Mass., on March 15, 1946, a son of the late Maurice and Kathryn (Keefe) Whalen. John was educated at Boston College, Georgetown University and University of Maine where he received a Juris Doctorate. John first practiced law with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged from the JAG Corps at the rank of captain, then practiced for many years until his death in Auburn.

His passions included playing drums, running, hiking and reading. He will be remembered most for his community service and unwavering kindness. John was a member of the Maine State Bar Association, The Board for Music Healing, The National Cursillo Movement, Kairos Prison Ministry, board member at St. Catherine of Sienna Women’s Residence, Committee of Catholic Appeals and the Knights of Columbus.

He is survived by his sister, Deborah Spendley; brother, Chris Whalen; sons, Stephen, and Sangjin; and daughter, Kate.

He is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen who he loved dearly; and his brother, Maurice J. Whalen.

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John M. Whalen

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