William was born in Worcester, MA the son of the late Dorothy (Smith) and John Whitney on May 11, 1933. He attended Worcester Commerce High School and graduated class of 1951. Later he went on to become a member of the United States Air Force.
He married Patricia Savage on July 28, 1979 at the Episcopal Church of Athol, MA.
William worked as a traffic controller for NE Traffic Control for eleven years. He also worked for Hunter North Security doing bank security before retiring in 2010.
He enjoyed fishing, driving his truck, coloring, models, traveling, going to air shows, golfing and bowling.
Mr. Whitney is survived by his children; Darlene Whitney of Riverside, CA., William Whitney Jr. of CT., Robin Whitney of Worcester, MA.,
Sheila Huftel of Lillington, N.C., Dennis Whitney of Keene, Robert Whitney of Turners Falls, MA., Tasha Kilanski of Swanzey and Erica Whitney of Winchester. His sister, Laura Hamill of Lowell, MA. He also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. In addition, he leaves his long time companion, Nicole Guimont of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada along with; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is pre-deceased by his sister Dorothy Rogers.
In keeping with his wishes, there will be no calling hours. All other services will take place in the spring at Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of William R. Whitney Sr. to: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 W Swanzey Rd, Swanzey, N.H. 03446. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester, West Swanzey, NH 03469. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com