Donald P. Whiteley, age 91 of Wilmington, DE passed away October 10, 2018 at home with his wife by his side from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Don was born in Yardville Heights, NJ to the late Clifford J. and Verna Whiteley . He attended Hamiliton High School, NJ and Lafayette College, PA and received a Master’s degree from Temple University. He worked as an industrial psychologist for Atlas Chemical Company, Fairfax, DE for 30 years, retiring in 1999 from ICI America and received retirement benefits from AstraZeneca. Don took a leave of absence from ICI to serve the State of Delaware as Secretary of Labor under Gov. “Pete” duPont.

In retirement Don was an active volunteer at Longwood Gardens, Hagley Museum, People to People, and several professional and amateur theatre groups. He attended and taught classes at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of U of D. Don was a passionate traveler, having visited at least 90 countries on all seven continents as well as Antarctica.

Don was predeceased by his parents, brother Harold Whiteley and grandson, Sean Comeaux. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Loretta (Johnston) Whiteley; his daughters, Susan Whiteley Fuller of Voorheesville, NY and Carole Comeaux, of West Monroe, LA; a stepdaughter, Keren Neber Dooley (Jonathan) of Chipita Park, CO; step-grandchildren, Sierra and Jefferson Dooley; step- granddaughter, Serenity, and his brother, Roger Whiteley (Marilyn) of Hellertown, PA.

Don’s family would like to thank his doctors at the Helen Graham Cancer Center and the compassionate caregivers at Seasons Hospice, especially Jennifer, Paula, Savannah and Tenisha.

A celebration of Don’s life will be held at 11:00 AM, with visitation at 10:00 AM on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to First Unitarian Church or the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 or to a charity of your choice