CSHOF Inductee Brian Whalen 1946-2018

Brian Whalen

Brian Whalen, 71, of 3200 Dutch-Hollow Road, Bemus Point, N.Y., left us at 11:35 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Brian was born Nov. 12, 1946, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late Bernard W. "Pat" Whalen and the late June M. Fellows Whalen.

He was a 1965 graduate of Jamestown High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after graduation. He served for three years and was honorably discharged as a Private E-5.

He returned home in 1968, where he and his father, Pat opened Chautauqua Shooters Supply to supply reloading services initially for the Jamestown Police Department. Brian has owned and continuously operated "Chautauqua Shooters" at its current location for nearly 45 years. In addition, he worked full time for National Fuel Gas retiring after a 34 year career.

Brian was well known as a world class trap shooter. He began shooting at age seven, thanks to his father, at the Celoron Rod & Gun Club during the 1960s. During that time he claimed the county's junior skeet championship and many trap and skeet titles as an adult. In 1977, he won the United States Open Skeet Championship and the New York State Skeet Championship. For 30 years his shooting ability produced dozens of local, state, regional and national titles in both doubles and singles competition. He won the New York State doubles championship in 1983, 1993 and 1997 and the singles AA crown in 1983, 1986 and 1990. In Pennsylvania he won the Pennsylvania Grand Doubles Championship in 1983, the Pennsylvania State Shoot AA singles crown in 2001 and the PA Shoot Handicap title in 2005. He also won four Zippo championships and was the only person to ever hold both the New York State skeet championship and the New York State trap championship titles. He was recognized for achieving a competition classification AAA-27- AAA, which is the highest ranking in competition trap shooting. For his achievements in the sport of trap shooting, he was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and is also a member of the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame and the New York State Amateur Trapshooting Association State Champions.

He was a life member of the American Trap Association and served as a New York State delegate to the ATA national board of directors from 2005-17. He served as president of the Penn-York Trap League in 2006 and 2007 and was the longest living member of the Celoron Rod & Gun Club, where he was past president.

He was also a member of the War Vets Recreation Club, the National Rifle Association and a past member of the Falconer Rod & Gun Club. Brian was also an instructor, coach and sponsor of the Maple Grove Youth Junior and Senior High Trap Club and a volunteer instructor for BOCES Criminal Justice Program in firearm safety and trap shooting.

Brian is survived by many loved ones, his wife Bonnie Ford Whalen, whom he married July 6, 1994; his children: Brian Whalen (Kathy) and Nikki Whalen-Lombardo (Nick), both of Bemus Point, and Stacie Chamberlin of Sinclairville, N.Y.; his grandchildren: Taylor, Justin and Kamarin Whalen, Gabriel Brian and Damian Kincaid Lombardo, all of Bemus Point, Jordan and Brandon Chamberlin, Elizabeth and Jessica Hornburg, all of Sinclairville; a great-grandchild, Amara Chamberlin of Sinclairville; two sisters: Bonnie Hardenburg of Mayville, N.Y., and Sandy Kleinfield (Chuck) of Jamestown; his faithful caregivers: Kaitlynn, Sydney and Michele; and the caring people from Chautauqua County Hospice and Palliative Care.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Patty Dauphine; and a nephew, Billy Kinney.

The funeral was held in the Fluvanna Community Church. The Rev. Dayle F. Keefer, retired pastor officiated. Burial was in the Lake View Cemetery.

Save the Date – June 15th

CSHOF golf tournament

The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is planning for its second annual golf tournament, Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The tourney is open to inductees, members and friends of the CSHOF. Stan Marshaus, a 2006 CSHOF inductee, Board Director and former club pro at the Chautauqua course, and Sam Restivo a 2017 CSHOF inductee are co-chairmen of the event.

The event will be a shotgun-start scramble with men's, ladies' and mixed divisions. Thirty-one (31) foursomes will be registered. There will be food and drink on the course and a post-match meal will be provided. The projected fee is $300 per team ($75 per player.)

Further details will be announced as plans become finalized. To reserve a spot for your foursome, send an e-mail to randy28b@netsync.net or call 716-640-6219.

Class of 2019 Inductees


The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce the inductees who will comprise the Class of 2019. The living inductees are Cheryl Bailey, Tiffany Decker, Vince Gullo, Mike Lopriore, Bob Palcic and Mark Weaver. The deceased honorees are Jack Harper, Charles Johnston and Luella Kye.

These nine individuals will be formally inducted at the CSHOF's 38th Annual Banquet, Monday, February 18, 2019, at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club. The new honorees will bring the total number of CSHOF inductees to 200.

Tickets for the induction dinner are priced at $50. 2019 banquet reservations can be made by calling chairman Chip Johnson at 716-485-6991.

More information about the inductees can be found in the CSHOF December newsletter.

CSHOF Board & Officers Elected

CSHoF officers

2018-19 CSHOF officers, left to right, are Randy Anderson, Bob Schmitt, Ron Melquist, Lee
Johnson, Russ Ecklund and Bill Race.

The election of the Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame and its officers was recently held. Two directors, Phil Klinginsmith and Jim Painter, have left the Board. Their years of service to the CSHOF are greatly appreciated. Four new directors have been elected: Mike Anderson, Franni Carlson, Mike Cummings and Gary Loll. The current officers were re-elected for another term.

The CSHOF is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with no paid employees. All officers and Board members serve without compensation or benefits.

A complete list of directors in on the About page.

Virtual Tour of the Hall of Fame Now Available

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