David Grady Whitten
October 17, 1947- June 6, 2020
David Grady Whitten, who was born October 17, 1947, in Erie, PA, made the transition on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at the University of MD hospital in Baltimore. He suffered complications following surgery. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, J. Grady & Freda E. Whitten, and his mother-in-law, Doris Zanelotti. Dave lived in North Beach with the love of his life, Teresa A. Zanelotti-Whitten, and his German Shepherd, Woozy the 5th (…long story). He has left behind many friends and relatives, specifically his only sibling, little sister Beth Swoap and her husband John, his children of whom he was so proud: Tonya Boileau and spouse Randy, Mike Whitten and spouse Amy Shackelford, the lovely and talented Megan Whitten, his artist, and Denise Wayson. Dave also had 8 grandchildren whom he adored and to whom he was Pop-Pop. Jessica & Jared Boileau, Emza & Brynnah Shackelford-Whitten, Devon, Caroline, Garrett & Preston Wayson. Dave is also survived by his extended family, Joe Zanelotti, his buddy and father-in-law, Joe Zanelotti, Jr & spouse Sandy, Joyce Hartman, Jimmy Zanelotti and spouse Mary, Joanie Zanelotti-Cook and spouse Buddy Cook. There are also many nieces, nephews and great nieces and great nephews left to miss Uncle Dave.
Dave went to school and graduated in 1965 from Harbor Creek High School in Harbor Creek, PA. He then went to Indiana State College(later Indiana University of PA), where he was a member of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity, where he made some of his longest and most dear friendships. He graduated with a degree in Land Planning. He went to American University for his graduate work. In 1971 he moved to Maryland, where he began his career as a planner at Tri-County Council, and then moved into the real estate industry. He spent his career working in various facets of real estate as a developer, builder and certified appraiser.
Dave played multiple sports while in school, loved football, fishing, boating, diving and his most recent passion was camping. He always enjoyed music, reading, loved a good meal, especially Teresa’s many pasta dishes. He loved to travel. Dave was always a good and generous friend, sometimes generous to a fault.
After marrying Teresa, Dave found a strong faith and was a member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Beach.
We will all miss you terribly. So Dave, who am I going to aggravate, now?
Please be aware that attendees at David’s visitation and Memorial Mass at St. Anthony’s Church are required to wear a mask, and appropriate physical distancing reqirements must be adhered to.
Thursday, June 11, 2020