William W. "Whit" Whitson
December 03, 1926 - February 08, 2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018 12:45 PM
Your sparking eyes and smiling face fill my heart whenever I think of you, beloved Whit. You always greeted everyone with your strong, wonderful hug and cheery welcome. I absolutely adored visiting with you as I knew you would have something humorous to say, and I was always amazed at depth of your expansive knowledge and wisdom. Your personal stories were so unendingly delightful. You filled any space with Joy, Laughter, Kindness, Light, Wisdom and Love.
I want to thank you for being my daughters’ grandpa, a constant shining example of what a gentle gentleman is, along with your inner strength. Witnessing the relationship you and Judy shared was and is the beacon they both aspire to.
Overflowing joy and gratitude for sharing this ancient sacred assignment for over 32 years. You lived the Course and you exemplified, “Teach only LOVE, for that is what you ARE”.
I’m sure the Light is a little brighter with you in it, and the cosmos is filled with rounds of jolly laughter! SOAR, Whit, SOAR!
Lo, Tatyana, Nikola, Jiggs and Radley
Lois Rees Lewis (Tiburon, CA)
Friday, February 23, 2018 5:58 PM
I don´t feel Whit is gone. This has never happened to me before with any of the family members and friends who have passed away.
It has been a few days now since his passing and yet to some part of me he is still alive as if I could run on to him next time I come to Tiburon.
Thank you very much for having been part of my life for so many years. I will be forever grateful to you, to Whit and to the rest of the FIP family for the opportunity to learn the principles of A Course in Miracles. I continue to do the lessons every day and I pray that just before my last breath I will remember the lesson for the day or some other sentence from the Course as Whit did.
Thank you also for this beautiful memorial website.
I send you a big hug and all my love!
ACIM Spanish translation team member
Fernando Gomez (Weed, CA)
Friday, February 23, 2018 5:26 PM
De tout cœur merci, cher frère, pour ce fabuleux Service à l’humanité. Je rends grâces à Jésus et à tous ses porte-parole qui m’ont aidé à reprendre conscience de la réalité de l’esprit que je suis. Et à accepter d’entendre la Voix de l’Amour qui m’inspire et me guide à me détacher de ce monde pour m’éveiller en Dieu, en toute quiétude.
Rosy Porrovecchio (Tadoussac, Québec, Canada)
Friday, February 23, 2018 4:34 PM
I've never met a kinder, wiser soul. I had the honor of spending a miraculous afternoon with Whit and Judy. What a lovely, lovely man, and what a beautiful couple. Whit gave me his "Test of Battle" which I so enjoyed reading. A while back I discovered his fascinating "Myths and Misinformation" about Bill Thetford and the CIA.
Dear Judy, family, and loved ones I send you my deepest condolences and warmest embrace, and I trust that his eternal presence is comforting you from beyond the skies.
Dear Whit, I am deeply grateful to have met you, your legacy and contributions will continue to touch our lives.
With abiding respect,
Jim Hagopian (Calabasas, CA)
Friday, February 23, 2018 1:03 PM
I know how you must feel, having lost my mate, Pamela, after a long partnership. She was always available for a second opinion I could count on.
Our lives changed after we heard you and Whit introducing ACIM at Lane Cove Town hall, Sydney in 1980 resulting in our meeting several times over the years.
You will be comforted from people all over the world who love you both.
Bill McDonald (And from everybody in Australia)
Bill McDonald (Australia)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:30 PM
ALAS, WE WILL MISS YOU WHIT , YOU ARE AMONG A VANISHING BREED.. A TRUE GENTLEMAN..YOUR WORD WAS YOUR BOND, YOU PROTECTED THE WEAK & VULNERABLE, YOU VALUED HARD WORK & EXCELLENCE , YOU LED FROM THE FRONT , YOU WERE A TRUE HUSBAND & A GOOD FATHER & AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL OF US...HAND SALUTE TO YOU COLONEL & BON VOYAGE.
JACK & EULALIA LUCKETT (HONOLULU, HI)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:38 AM
We are so sad to hear that Whit has passed away and we want to express our deepest sympathy. Whit was such an extraordinary and warm-hearted man. We are deeply grateful that we had the chance to get to know him and we can only try to imagine what a big loss this is to you.
You and Whit will always be in our hearts. We send you all our love
Anna & Wolfgang
Anna Gudrun Appelbaum (Germany)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:31 AM
Thank you for notifying me of William's passing. We managed to become good friends through numerous e-mails, and to trust each other. My only regret is that we were unable to meet in person when Albert Harloff and I were invited to Temecula in 2008 to spend a whole week with Ken Wapnick to discuss the upcoming Norwegian version. William indeed was given a long and meaningful life. Please convey my condolences to Judy and others if it seems appropriate.
With much love,
Roald in Norway
(Norwegian Translation Team)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 3:54 PM
We are with you at this time when your beloved Whit has left the body and has returned home.
Whit knew perfectly, just like you, that we are not a body but Spirit, although we can not deny the pain we feel when a loved one is leaving.
It is only an illusory time lapse in him you will believe that Whit is not there but in reality he is more than ever with you!
What unites you is the Love of God, and that Love is permanent and eternal.
We have shared beautiful moments recent years and being with you was like being with only one being, full of light, peace and joy.
We love you and count on us for everything you want.
We send you a very deep hug.
Isabel & Jordi
Jordi del Ray (Barcelona, Spain)
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 10:51 AM
Please accept my deepest and most sincere sympathy to you, and your and Whit’s family. Regardless of his age, what a loss his death brings for those of us who loved him, and to the world.
In all of his many work and calling incarnations he was a sincere, service minded teacher and giver who generously offered his effort, scholarly learning, insights and loving intentions so that the world was a better place.
I can only imagine how bereft you feel. Thank goodness for the loving support of family and friends at times like this. Even though at our age we have developed a spiritual and psychological acceptance of the bigger picture and of what is inevitable, grief, in my opinion, can be challenging to deal with.
I count myself as one of the privileged who, over many years, got to know Whit behind his public persona. For me he will always be the gentle, engaging, tender and kind hearted, emotionally intelligent, wise elder with a warm, amused sparkle in his eyes and a chuckle always at the ready
I really enjoyed seeing the photo board on the memorial site, and in particular I love the photograph of Whit in the hat. It is so Indiana Jones - who was another adventurous change maker distinguished by a fedora and his sense of humor, deep knowledge of languages - and ancient civilizations.
with love, Penelope
Penelope Walsh (Australia)