Dennis J. "Tank" Whalen, a retired City of Buffalo truck driver long active in Democratic politics, died Sunday in his Buffalo home. He was 53.
The Buffalo native drove for the city for 30 years before retiring in 2004. A Democratic committeeman in South Buffalo for three decades, he worked on campaigns from former Mayor James D. Griffin's races to Michael P. Kearns' successful bid for the Common Council's South District seat in 2005.
Mr. Whalen was active in Boy Scouts for 40 years, including 15 as a leader of Troop 120. He was a longtime member of the Onondaga Sports Club and enjoyed sailing, golfing, card games and camping.
Survivors include his wife, the former Kathleen Prendergast; two sons, Dennis and William; two daughters, Shannon and Katie; two sisters, Patricia Buscaglia and Kathleen; and a brother, Timothy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday in St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 62 Ridgewood Road, after prayers at 9:15 in O'Connell-Murphy Funeral Home, 2286 South Park Ave.