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Died January 16, 2013, in St. Augustine, Florida. Born in Los Angeles, CA, on September 8, 1924, he later retired as a Navy captain. He was a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As a naval construction engineer he was attached to nuclear submarine construction with Admiral Hyman G Rickover. He was the Navy's project manager for construction of the LHA, a helicopter attack ship.
Captain Wilkinson was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane Wilkinson, nee Monahan; granddaughter, Mary Jane Combemale; and sister, Patricia Alderette. He is survived by his four children Mary Combemale, Patricia Wilkinson, Roland Field Wilkinson Jr. "Skip", and David Wilkinson. He is survived by six grandchildren. He leaves his companion Evelyn Winter.
Mass will offered for Roland at 9 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2013, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church.
Craig Funeral Home Crematory Memorial Park ( is in charge of the arrangements.

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Craig Funeral Home Memorial Park
1475 Old Dixie Highway St. Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 824-1672
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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 23, 2013