Patrick Michael Whalen died on May 19. He was 51.

He served as a United States Marine, including duty overseas from 1990 to 1994. After the service he stayed in North Carolina until he returned to Massachusetts. He fell in love with the Vineyard, moved to the Island in 2004 and stayed.

Patrick was fun loving, always had a joke and a smile on his face, and was always the center of attention. He made many good friends over the course of his lifetime. He loved his family. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his girlfriend Theresa King of the Vineyard; his mother Leona Whalen from Port Charlotte, Fla., brothers Brian Whalen and his wife Alex from Boston; Thomas Whalen, his wife Joan and two daughters; Kerigan Whalen and grandson Deion of the Vineyard and Morgan Whalen from New Bern, N.C. His brother John Whalen and father John Whalen predeceased him.

A service will be held at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on June 9 at 1:45 p.m.