Jamestown - Robert Earl Wilkinson, Jr., of Jamestown and Sarasota, Florida, departed this life on Friday, January 18, at his Rhode Island home. He was the loving husband of Audrey Joslin Wilkinson for 58 years.
Born in Providence in 1931, Bob was the son of Robert E. Wilkinson, Sr. and Amey Paton Wilkinson. Active as a consulting engineer for 44 years, he was co-founder with his father of Wilkinson Associates, Inc., consulting engineers, of Warwick, and held memberships in ASHRAE and the Providence Engineering Society. A graduate of Hope High School, Bob attended Northeastern University earning an associates degree in mechanical engineering. He was a 1957 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where he received his Bachelor of Science from the College of Civil Engineering.
An avid outdoorsman and craftsman, Bob enjoyed fly fishing, sailing, hunting, gardening, wood carving, wood and metal working, tennis and golf. Sailing out of Edgewood Yacht Club, he was the 1945 Narragansett Bay champion in the Beetle Class. Bob held memberships at Potowomut Country Club, East Greenwich Yacht Club, Palm Aire Country Club and the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. A communicant of St. Matthew Church in Jamestown, he also attended the Church of the Nativity in Sarasota, Florida. Bob was a world traveler and adventurer and enjoyed social time with family and friends.
Besides his wife, Bob leaves his children, Robert Steven Wilkinson and his wife, Laura, of Warwick, and Amey Wilkinson Larrat, and her husband, Paul, of East Greenwich; his brother, Donald Paton Wilkinson of East Greenwich; and his grandchildren, Meghan and Eric Larrat and Abigail and Elizabeth Wilkinson.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury (memorial giving), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203; www.nature.org. Information and condolences at carpenterjenks.com.
Reported: 01/22/13 (Show all obituaries for this day)
By: Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home and White Dove Crematory (Show all obituaries and information about this funeral home)