Terry Whitaker lost his year-long battle with lung cancer on Oct. 3, 2015, with his wife and son by his side.
He was born to Jessie and Arthur Whitaker in Chicago, on June 25, 1945.
Terry and Nancy were childhood sweethearts, together since eighth grade. They married a year after graduating from high school and had two wonderful children in Chicago. Terry loved the outdoors, fishing and hunting at their summer cottage in northern Wisconsin.
He was offered a job in Southern California in 1975 where he continued his 28-year career in the printing industry. While in California, they enjoyed many glorious hours of country western dancing. Terry could two step, waltz or west coast swing his way around any dance floor.
Their next adventure was to move to Whidbey Island in 1993 and purchase the Harbour Inn in Freeland, which he took pride in remodeling and maintaining. Terry loved his inviting beautiful garden of dahlias and other flowers at the entrance of the motel. He always had a project but also found time for golf, fishing, crabbing and playing cards with dear friends.
Nine years later, they sold the motel and retired to Useless Bay Shores Community in Clinton. He loved the beautiful view and wonderful community of neighbors.
Getting tired of power outages and looking for golf year-round, they bought a second home in Surprise, Ariz. He enjoyed eight years of golf, dancing, playing cards, pickle ball and making friends, spending six months in each location, enjoying good weather all year round.
Terry was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and brother. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 50 years; son, Jeff (Melissa) of Whidbey Island; daughter, Laura (Sky); grandchildren, Oziah, Alma and Etta Wilson of Vancouver; as well as a brother Earle (Lou) of Orlando, Fla.
Friends of Terry are invited to a celebration of Terry’s life at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Baby Island Saratoga Club, 3616 Saratoga Road, Langley. Please bring a potluck dish of your choice to share. In lieu of flowers, Terry would love that you perform an act of kindness in his name.