Earl Whitney

Obituary of Earl Whitney

Earl John Whitney passed away unexpectedly Friday, May 18, 2018 at the age of 83. He was born February 23, 1935 in Corning, NY, the son of the late Louise Agnes (Brundage) Nockel and Albert Taylor Whitney. Earl graduated from Corning Free Academy in 1952, Alfred University in 1956, and worked for Corning Incorporated as a Product Engineer until he retired in 1990.

Earl celebrated 61 years of marriage last July 14th, with his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Ann Marie Spak. They were married in 1956 at St. Patrick's Parish in Corning, NY. In addition to Ann, he is survived by his three daughters – Susan (Daniel) Kelley of Horseheads, NY, Diane Whitney of Cincinnati, OH, and Linda (David) Blackley of Lockport, NY; and 10 grandchildren, Chris (Amber) and Brian Kelley; Whitney, Emma, William, Mary, Joseph, Alice, Michael and Charles Blackley; and numerous relatives and friends.

Earl began playing the trombone in Junior High School, and it continued to give him much enjoyment throughout his life. He rarely missed a day of practice. Earl loved his trombone so much that he became affectionately known as EJTrombone. After retirement, Earl joined a European Travel band which allowed him and Ann to visit many countries. Every January he looked forward to his annual Windjammers Circus Band convention and playing "under the Big Top". Earl touched the lives of so many through musical affiliations, playing locally with The Corning Area Community Band, The Corning Brass Works, The Hep Cats Dance Band, Three Rivers Jazz Band, The Fifth Street Five, and singing with the St. Mary's choir. Earl was an original member of the Corning Area Community Band and The Corning Brass Works.

Friends may call at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc., 216 E. First Street in Corning from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22. A prayer service will be offered at the funeral home at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church at 9:30 a.m. with Committal prayers and interment at St. Mary's Cemetery in the family plot.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be given to All Saints Academy, 158 State Street, Corning, NY 14830 or a charity of one's choice in Earl's memory. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Earl's memory at www.haugheyfuneralhome.com.