Thursday, March 5, 2015

Richard Albert Wilkinson (1932 - 2015) Obituary

The Wilkinson Brothers
Robert (1927 - 2005), Richard (1932 - 2015) and Jack (1934 - 2002)

Press Telegram
Richard A. Wilkinson

Born May 9, 1932 Beverly MA passed away February 25, 2015, Long Beach CA Long time teacher in the LBUSD and at LB City College. Service Thursday, March 5 @ 11AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, 90815. Viewing preceding the service 10 - 10:45 AM.

Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram on March 1, 2015


Richard Wilkinson was my Dad's brother, the middle brother of the three Wilkinson boys.  The last time they all were together was in 2001 when Uncle Richard came to visit for one of his Beverly High School reunions.  This photo shows the three of them all laughing, telling jokes and teasing each other as usual.  My Dad died the following year. 

Last year I visited with Uncle Richard, Auntie Luanne and my cousins in Long Beach, California just before the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree.  I'm glad we had the chance to go out there and see him.  He was the last Wilkinson of his generation.  

Richard Albert Wilkinson, son of Donald Munroe Wilkinson and Bertha Louise Roberts, was born on 9 May 1932 in Beverly, Massachusetts, and died at Long Beach, California on 25 February 2015.  He will be buried at the Westminister Memorial Park, the same cemetery as his parents.  He was a social studies teacher, and loved American History.  He taught for over 50 years, and his last American History class was in December 2014.   Richard was also a US Army Veteran.  He had three children with his wife of 57 years, and they all live in California. 

My favorite photo of the Wilkinson brothers
My Dad is the baby in the dress, Uncle Richard in the middle, and Robert on the right
1934, in front of the house at 7 Dearborn Avenue, Beverly, Massachusetts

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  1. Sorry to hear about your loss. How wonderful you were able to visit not that long ago! My sympathy to the whole family...

  2. Heather: My condolences to you and your family. The loss of a family member is always hard. The loss of the generation of a family is even harder. But, as has been wisely said, "As time passes, gradually we move toward the day when the comfort of our memories is greater than the sorrow of our loss."


  3. From Sandra Steele DeFord (accidentally deleted, but I recreated it here)
    "Condolences to you and your family, Heather"