Frederick "Pete" Wilkinson
1925 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Frederick "Pete" M. Wilkinson, 88, of 7344 Jackson Dr., San Diego, Calif., died early Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2014, surrounded by his family and caregiver, Lucy. Pete was born in Montpelier, Vt., on June 5, 1925, the son of Chase and Dora Miller Wilkinson. Pete was a proud veteran of World War II, having served in the US Navy Pacific Theatre until his discharge on May 28, 1946. After the war, Pete came to Pittsfield for work and met his future wife, the late Victoria Colagiacomo, who predeceased him in March 1985. He was a long time member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church. Pete worked for General Electric Naval Ordnance Systems for 38 years until his retirement in May 1985. He was an avid golfer and a member of Wahconah Country Club until 2008 when he moved to San Diego to live with his son and daughter-in-law. His oldest son, Bruce, predeceased him on Feb. 24, 2008. He leaves his son, Jeri Wilkinson, and daughter -in-law, Teresa Wilkinson of San Diego; his daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilkinson of Pittsfield; a sister, Flossie Jones of Cincinnati, Ohio, and two grandsons, Jason Wilkinson of Palm Desert, Calif., and Brian Wilkinson of Pittsfield. Besides his son, Mr. Wilkinson was predeceased by a sister, Grace Jones, and by two brothers, Robert Wilkinson and Gerald Wilkinson. The family really thanks Pete's caregiver, Lucy Zachay of San Diego, who took incredible care of him over the last six months. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Mr. Frederick "Pete" M. Wilkinson will be Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at 10 a.m. from the DWYER FUNERAL HOME, 776 North St., Pittsfield with a Requiem Eucharist service at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, celebrated by the Rev. Cricket Cooper. Burial with full military honors will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home will be Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 3, 2014