Michael Phillip Wilkinson

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

The son of George and Ann Wilkinson, Michael was born in Pittsfield, Mass. 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, Mass. 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 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, of Pittsfield, Mass.; brother, John and his wife, Tracy of Pittsfield, brother, William and wife, Elizabeth of Pittsfield, brother, George and wife, Joan of Pittsfield, sister, Mary of Pittsfield, sister, Ann Murray and husband, Joseph of Pittsfield, sister, Colleen Bergdoll and husband, Christopher of Pittsfield. He is also survived by several aunts and uncles, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A public visitation will take place tonight at Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction, Vt. from 5 p.m. 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, Mass. on Friday at 10 a.m. at Saint Charles Church followed immediately by a reception at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Benedict Rd. in Pittsfield.

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 American Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to Michael’s family at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.