2013-01-24 / Obituaries

Robert Earl Wilkinson Jr.

Robert Earl Wilkinson Jr., of Jamestown and Sarasota, Fla., departed this life on Jan. 18, 2013, 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. of Warwick, and held memberships in ASHRAE and the Providence Engineering Society. A graduate of Hope High School, Bob attended Northeastern University earning an associate 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, woodworking, metalworking, 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’s Church in Jamestown, he also attended the Church of the Nativity in Sarasota. 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 wife Laura of Warwick, and Amey Wilkinson Larrat and 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, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. 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.

Return to top