Coach Mike Whittles Succumbs to Pancreatic Cancer
The 58-year-old died last Thursday in Severna Park after an 18-month battle with the disease.
In December, the “north vs. south” Chesapeake Cup football game held at South River High School honored Whittle by making a $1 contribution to the Mike Whittles Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer for every program that was sold. Proceeds from the foundation go to Johns Hopkins Oncology for research and quality of life.
Whittles coached football at Spalding for 13 seasons. Last October, Maxpreps writer Jon Buzby wrote that Whittles led the Cavaliers to 70 wins and four of the last six “B” Conference champions.
“He’s taken the private school from being a regularly-scheduled homecoming opponent to the most feared team in the conference,” Buzby wrote. “So feared, in fact, Spalding moved up to the ‘A’ Conference this season.”
In January 2011, Coach Whittles was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis with a very bleak outcome. Only two percent survive the five-year mark. Still, Whittles continued to coach. He missed very little time during football season and led the team to the semi-finals.
Many Archbishop Spalding students come from south county. The service for Whittles will be held Thursday at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. There are service details at the end of this piece. Here is the obituary from Kalas Funeral Home, where there is also an online guestbook to sign.
Michael Whittles, age 58, a 28-year resident of Severna Park, died on Thursday, June 7, 2012 at his home after an eighteen month battle with pancreatic cancer. Born on November 11, 1953 in Washington, D.C., to Jim and Marion Whittles, Mike graduated from Good Counsel High School in Wheaton. Since 1975, Mike has been the president of Servpro of Annapolis. He was honored with the Annapolis Touchdown Club Coach of the Year and Baltimore Ravens Coach of the Year awards. A member of St. John the Evangelist Church and the Greater Severna Park Chamber of Commerce, Mike enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
In addition to his parents, Mike is survived by his wife, Diane Whittles, whom he married on June 13, 1986; two sons, Michael Whittles of Conway, SC and Nicholas Whittles of Severna Park; a daughter, Jessica Whittles-Goedeke; a son in law, Chris Goedeke and a grandson, Michael Goedeke all of Lothian.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be held at the Archbishop Spalding High School Gymnasium, 8080 New Cut Rd., Severn, MD on Thursday, June 14 at 10:30am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00am. A reception will immediately follow in the school cafeteria.
The family has requested that memorial gifts be directed to the Mike Whittles Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Please make checks payable to The Johns Hopkins University with a memo indicating that this gift is for the Mike Whittles Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and mail to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, 100 North Charles Street, Suite 234, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Thursday June 14, 2012, 10:30 – 11 a.m. at Archbishop Spalding High School Gymnasium
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Mass of Christian Burial
Thursday June 14, 2012, 11 a.m. at Archbishop Spalding High School Gymnasium
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