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Michael Phillip Wilkinson

1952 - 2013 PITTSFIELD Michael Phillip Wilkinson, 61, of Wilder, Vt., passed away Aug. 10, 2013, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital after a long battle with kidney disease and diabetes.

The son of George and Ann Wilkinson, Michael was born in Pittsfield on Valentine's Day, 1952. He graduated from Taconic High School in 1971 and then attended classes, and instructed, at Berkshire Community College in the following years.

Michael then had a long and successful career in the world of plastics engineering ­ including 23 years at GW Plastics in Bethel, Vt., before retiring in 2011.

In 1981, Michael was set up on a blind date with Linda Prendergast of Pittsfield by his friend, Eugene "Corky" Cullen. Linda and Michael were married on May 30, 1982, in Pittsfield. The newlyweds moved to Boulder, Colo., where they had their first son, William, in June of 1983. Following a move back to Pittsfield, they welcomed a second son, Michael, in October of 1985. The family then settled in Wilder, Vt., in 1988.

He was a die­hard fan of the New England Patriots and loved to watch the Boston Red Sox with his wife, Linda, before going to bed each night. He cherished weekends playing golf with his son, William. He also took immense pride in passing down the carpentry and handyman skills learned from his own father to his younger son, Michael.

Michael is survived by his wife, Linda Marie Prendergast Wilkinson; their two sons, William John Wilkinson of Wilder and Michael Phillip Wilkinson II and his husband, Manuel Fernando Perez, of Astoria, N.Y.; parents, George and Ann; brother, John, and his wife, Tracy; brother, William, and wife, Elizabeth; brother, George and wife, Joan; sister, Mary; sister, Ann Murray, and husband, Joseph; sister, Colleen Bergdoll and husband, Christopher, all of Pittsfield. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A public visitation will take place tonight at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt., from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a memorial service tomorrow at 11 a.m., also at Knight Funeral Home, followed immediately by a reception at the Charles T. Wilder Center.

There will also be a celebration of life service in Pittsfield on Friday at 10 a.m. at Saint Charles Church, followed immediately by a reception at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Benedict Road.

The family would like to thank the skilled doctors and nurses of DHMC for their efforts while Michael battled numerous illnesses over the years.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a donation in his name to either the American Kidney Foundation or the .

Condolences may be expressed to Michael's family at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 13, 2013
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