Michael A. Whelan

Michael Albert Whelan of Rock City Falls, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the age of 29.

Mike was born to Michael F. Whelan and Maureen (Stunzi) Santiago at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, NY on May 1st, 1989. He grew up in his family home in Rock City Falls and attended school in Ballston Spa, NY. He also spent a great deal of time with his family in Saranac Lake, NY and Fort Myers, Florida.

Mike was an adventurer who loved to camp in the Adirondacks and at outdoor music festivals. He enjoyed his snowmobile, skateboard, playing pickup hockey games and all things Orlando. His greatest love was his daughter, Amelia. His biggest passion, however, was music. He was a natural musician and became known for being able to play anything on acoustic or lead electric guitar by ear and taught himself the drums. Mike was a member of several bands and became a jam band favorite to sit in with many local musicians in the Saratoga Springs area. He wrote beautiful lyrics, recorded his music and made many videos to entertain or share emotion with his friends.

Mikey’s nickname was Dubz from his many friends. He considered them his family and happily played the clown, the organizer and the frontman for their adventures. His laughter was contagious and will be remembered by all with love.

Michael is survived by Amelia, his 14 month old daughter; his mother, Maureen Stunzi Santiago of Saranac Lake; sister Erica Whelan of Saratoga Springs and Saranac Lake; sister Dominique Santiago and brother Raymond Santiago of Saranac Lake; grandmother Barbara (Wallace) Stunzi and step-grandmother Linda (Van Eps) Santiago, aunts Michele Whelan, Lisa (Whelan) Gatus, and Mary (Stunzi) Waterson; uncles Peter Whelan and George Waterson; 1st cousins Josh and Chelsea Tremblay, Peter (Marv) and Nicole (Whelan) Ayotte, and Ryan and Bailey Gatus. Michael is preceded in death by his father, Michael F. Whelan, his paternal grandparents Peter Whelan, Sr., Larraine (Colvin) Downs, Jack Downs and his maternal grandfather Albert Stunzi.

Calling hours will be held at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street in Ballston Spa on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 3 pm to 5 pm with a memorial service immediately following at 5 pm.

Guest Book

Marilyn Ashline

Pete and Family,
Sorry for your loss.

Amanda Webb

To the Whelan family:
I am sorry for the loss of Mike he must have been a great guy and my heart is with you all today

Elvia Arana & Family

To Maureen and Family. We are so far away, we wish we could be there for you, but please make sure that you're in our minds and our hearts. Please receive our love in these difficult times. You're in our prayers.

Dana Bushey Isabella

To all who loved and knew Mikey, my heart weeps with you. His time here with us physically was short, but his impact on each of you will last a life time and a his legacy is born. I imagine he would want you to all sing and dance as you celebrate his life. Hugs to you all. My spirit is with you.

Lynda Battistoni

Blessings to the whole family and Peace for Michael.

Darcy Pitcheralle

Michele and family,

So sorry to hear about your nephew Michael. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you all during this very difficult time.

Deborah Ingles Schwalbach

Sending much love and comfort to you all. Many years ago I babysat both Erica and Mike, they were always considered part of my family and I have many wonderful memories. RIP dear Mike, gone far too soon.

Bryan Osborn

I love you my friend. Always going to be thinking of you my man. I’ll see you when I get there ????
I send my love to your family and wish all the best moving forward. You are an incredible person, and your presence will never fade no matter what the circumstances.
Once again, I can’t even grasp how much I miss you.

Laurie Ingles and Virginia Hain

Will always remember Michael as the funny, sweet child playing in the yard with my nieces and nephew. So much love to the family.

Mary Scollin

Our hearts break for you and your family. His talent and love for his family magnifies this tragic loss. Thinking about you all.

Curt Sweet

I never met you Mike, but you had a great family. Rest in peace....


I'm sorry for your loss