Alexander John Whipple

April 1, 2011

ALEXANDER JOHN WHIPPLE – “Alexander the Great!” age 21 months, after a 13-month battle with Neuroblastoma Cancer. Wonderful son of Richard and Nancy (Megna) Whipple of Woburn. He was the Pride and Joy of his grandmothers, Alice Megna of Woburn and Monika Whipple of Townsend. Beloved nephew of Lisa Megna of Washington, DC, Kurt Whipple and his wife Janine of East Hampton, MA, and Erika Whipple of Wilbraham, MA. Loving cousin of Lindsay and Emily Whipple of East Hampton, MA. Dear godchild of Tim and Paula Coffey of McLean, VA. Preceded in death by his grandfathers, Gene Megna and Alan Whipple. He was loved by a very large extended family and many friends. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 5th at 10:45 a.m. A Mass of the Angels will be celebrated in St. Eulalia’s Church, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester, at 11:30. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alexander’s name to: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Office of Development, Attention: Cycle for Life, 800 Washington Street, Box 231, Boston, MA 02111 cycleforlife@tuftsmedicalcenter.org. Please also consider becoming a Blood or Platelet donor. A few hours of your time will save a life.

OBITUARY:

Alexander John Whipple, the wonderful son of Richard and Nancy (Megna) Whipple of Woburn, passed away at Children’s Hospital in Boston on Friday, April 1st, after a 13-month battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

Born in Winchester in June of 2009, he enjoyed spending time with his cat, Max. He loved to play with his buckets and cups and popping the many bubbles blown for him. His favorite toy was Sammy the Seahorse who sang to him and brought him great comfort. When he was in the hospital, he enjoyed wagon rides around the unit to visit the other children, and never failed to get a smile from those he rode by. He was a fan of Pocoyo, Thomas the Train, Curious George and The Cat in the Hat. Alexander, lovingly known to all as “Alexander the Great!” loved to have books read to him, and was a wonderful helper to turn the pages and move “flaps” when needed. He was the baby Jesus in the Christmas play at his church when he was 6 months old. He will forever be missed.

Alexander was the cherished son of Richard and Nancy (Megna) Whipple of Woburn, and the pride and joy of his grandmothers, Alice Megna of Woburn and Monika Whipple of Townsend. He was the beloved nephew of Lisa Megna of Washington, DC, Kurt Whipple and his wife Janine of East Hampton, MA, and Erika Whipple of Wilbraham, MA, loving cousin of Lindsay and Emily Whipple of East Hampton, MA, and dear godchild of Tim and Paula Coffey of McLean, VA. He was met at the Gates of Heaven by his grandfathers, Gene Megna and Alan Whipple. Alexander was loved by a very large extended family and many friends.

The funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Tuesday, April 5th at 10:45 a.m., followed by a Mass of the Angels in St. Eulalia’s Church, 50 Ridge Street, Winchester, at 11:30. Burial will follow in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn.

Calling hours at the funeral home are on Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Alexander’s name to: Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Office of Development, Attention: Cycle for Life, 800 Washington Street, Box 231, Boston, MA 02111 cycleforlife@tuftsmedicalcenter.org. Please also consider becoming a Blood or Platelet donor. A few hours of your time will save a life.

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  1. From: Ed and Mary Quin

    We have been searching dor words to express our sorrow to you both but could not find any. Both of you are such brave parents as well as Alexander. We are sure that your little angel is looking down upon you, praying for you and thanking you for being his strong and loving Mom and Dad. We know thatyour strong faith in God will help you through the heartache.

  2. Nancy & Rich, Hi, I am KerriAnne’s Grampy, words are soothing but a big smile may be a little healing.
    I keep imagining KerriAnne pulling little Alex in his red wagon up in Heaven,,,,this time both of our little angels smiling, laughing and just being kids,, at last.
    I will always remember little Alexander sharing smiles with the other kids and staff.
    How sad we all are for your family and friends. Dan Lauzon.

  3. I did not know this little angel. What a happy and joyful looking little boy. How heartbroken you must be over the loss of such a precious part of your lives. May your little angel always watch over you and may your memories forever help your hearts mend.

  4. Richard and Nancy,
    We are so sorry for your loss. My husband, John and I have been praying for the three of you for months and received updates regularly from Tammy.

    Sadly you were asked to bear the unbearable and God only calls upon special people to handle such a task. Grief is a journey along a winding road, and as you round each bend you have no idea what lies ahead. The love of God, of family and friends will be like a fortress that will permit you to get through this and heal. The stars in heaven shine a little brighter because there has been an new one added, Alexander.

    May God Bless you and lift you up in the days, weeks and months ahead.
    Linda Kelly
    (Tammy Nolan’s mom)

  5. Nancy and Richard,

    Alexander was a joy to so many, and he will be a joy in heaven with our loving Father. He is at the party!

    We pray for you, and lift you up into our Lord’s comforting arms. You are both an example of what it is to be a loving parent. I am greatful that I got to see even a glimpse into that love.

    Kathleen Trask

  6. Lou Arcidy

    To Whipple and Megna families:

    I really do not know what to say other than I am so sorry. Alexander and all of you will be in my toughts and prayers.

  7. Kathy Minehan (Camp fatima)
    Dear Richard and Nancy,
    So many thoughts and prayers continue for you and yours. Alexander fought so hard these past months as did Mom and Dad I’m so sorry.

  8. Dearest Nancy and Richard: You both have an amazing faith in our saving Lord. You already know in your hearts Whose arms are holding Alexander now. Nothing is more comforting than that Truth.
    As the days, months and years go on, however, we, as a family will be lifting you and your families up in prayer as you reflect and dearly miss Your Alexander ‘The Great’ smiles and laughter, and all the joyful times you shared with him as a family. May Christ’s peace and comfort wipe away your tears and may the example of Alexander’s joyful spirit continue to impact those who knew him and his story of courage and fortitude.
    We love you. Yours in Christ, Nick, Jeanne, Nico, Raphael, Isabella, and Lucas.

  9. Nancy and Richard,
    We are so devastated, but we will always hold Alexander – and you – in our hearts.
    Ellen, John, Ian, Anna, Bridget and Rose Maher

  10. From: Tricia Collins

    Nancy & Richard,
    There are no words any of us can say to ease your pain. I never met Alexander, but through your sharing his life with us through care pages I learned of his smile that could light up the world, beautiful spirit and will to live. Your faith and courage through this journey have been an inspiration to me.
    I join with your friends and family as our hearts ache for your loss. Take time to grieve and lean on us for support and know that you are in our prayers..I’ve seen this poem so many times and was reminded of it when I heard of Alexander’s passing. I thought I’d share it with you.
    God looked around his garden
    and found an empty place.
    He then looked down upon the earth,
    And saw your tired face.

    He put His arms around you,
    And lifted you to rest.
    God’s garden must be beautiful,
    He always takes the best.

    He knew you were suffering,
    He knew that you were in pain.
    He knew that you would never,
    Get well on earth again.

    He saw the road was getting rough,
    And the hills were hard to climb,
    So He closed your weary eyelids,
    And whispered, “Peace be thine.”

    It broke our hearts to lose you,
    But you didn’t go alone,
    For part of us went with you,
    The day God called you home.

  11. Dear Richard and Nancy,
    May loving memories of your son Alexander bring you peace at this sad time.
    Matthew and Dorothy Gosline

  12. I do not know any of you all. but check the obituaries to see if any of my former classmates or neighbors have passed. When I saw your baby , Alexander passed away, it made me very sad. I used to work in a childcare center until it closed due to the director’s medical problems. I cared for children 6 weeks up to school age and understand your grief pain and heartache as well as grief. I lost my daughter t the age of 33 so as a mom I send my heartfelt sympathy. Your Alexander is an angel! RIP BABY ALEXANDER! Cindy J mom of Fred, 29, Gus 30 and the late Frankie MAy8/22/77 to 10/30/2010

  13. Dear Nancy and Richard
    Holding you in my heart and in my prayers.
    I will never forget your precious baby Alexander.
    He touched all our lives and hearts. what a beautiful courageous child.
    I do not believe that when someone dies they are gone from us.they are only a step away. watching over you
    God bless you as you journey through this anguish.
    lean on the people that love you and especially Alexander

  14. From: Janel and Robert Wastaferro

    Our hearts will always be heavy and our eyes filled with tears when we remember the day God took Alexander to sit by his side in heaven, however we will forever be filled with joy remembering the happiness he has brought to all of our lives. Alexanders sky blue eyes and big smile will always live in our hearts. God only knows why he chose both of you to be the parents of this Little Angel. Alexander was truely blessed to be loved by you and your wonderful family. May God hold your hands and guide you through this most difficult of times. Lots of love sent your way….

  15. Nancy and Richard,
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Hold tight to memories for comfort,lean on your friends for strength,and always remember how much you are cared about.
    Love,
    Cathie

  16. Our hearts ache for you and the loss of your dear son.
    Please God your faith will support you through this most difficult time.
    Please know that you are in our prayers.
    Larry and Melinda Farrell,
    (friends of Ray Vaillancourt)

  17. We were very sorry to read that Alexander has passed after his brave battle with a terrible illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this very difficult time. While we don’t know you and your family, your son has touched our family and we will keep your little angel in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Ahern Family

  18. I know of this little angel from two sources, Elizabeth Madigan-Brown and Jeanine Murray, both very dear friends of mine. Elizabeth asked for prayers for Alexander a week ago and so we all complied. Jeanine also asked and we were glad to do so. Please accept my prayers and condolences. Even though I do not know you personally, I am a mother and my daughter is expecting my first grandson. I pray for him as well. Pam Webb

  19. Nancy and Richard,

    We are so very sorry to hear about your loss of Alexander. Our prayers are with you all through this difficult time

    With love-
    Brian, Sarah, Emily, and Benjamin Malaquias

  20. Nancy & Richard –

    You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. My heart is heavy and I wish I could somehow lessen your pain.

    We love you.

    In sympathy,
    Brenda (LeClair), Derek, Rory & Dierk Perretti

  21. A moving tribute to a precious life…I only had the opportunity to meet Alexander once at a CAMPS staff cookout shortly after he was born, but I remember how proud you were of him, even then Nancy…Thank you for letting so many share in your family’s journey…Alexander taught us all so much and his memory will live on in the hearts of those who loved him. God Bless.
    ~Kelly Richardson

  22. Dear Richard and Nancy,
    My heart is heavy as I write this note to you. Alexander was such an inspiration to me. In all the photos and videos you shared with all of us, he was always smiling or laughing. And the both of you were incredibly strong throughout this whole ordeal…keeping your hopes and spirits up. All three of you were in my prayers during these difficult months. Know that both of you remain in my prayers as you face the future with precious memories of the time you had with such an extraordinary litltle son. ~Donna DiFonzo

  23. Alexander’s legacy of faith and strength will be remembered forever. Thank you for sharing his precious life with us. You remain in our constant prayers. Love, Erin Mosca (& family)

  24. Richard and Nancy,

    A beautifully written memorial for an amazing child who changed many lives. We will always remember such a special soul. Jane & John

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