Charles “Charlie” “Bob” R. Wilkinson, 77, of Hudson, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Marlborough Hospital, with his loving family by his side.
Charlie was born on September 21, 1941, in Marlborough, MA, a son of the late Charles I. and Beatrice M. (Brown) Wilkinson. He was raised in Hudson, where he also graduated from high school and resided most of his life. Shortly after finishing school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and honorably served his Nation From 1960 until 1962 on active deployment, then 4 years as a Navy Reservist.
Charlie was a diehard Boston Red Sox fan, but his passion for baseball started after going to a Boston Braves game with his father as a child. In his spare time, he collected coins and old record albums. He was also a classic car enthusiast and enjoyed woodworking.
Charlie is survived by 5 children, Corinne M. Karanja of W. Boylston, Charlene E. Downey and her spouse Kerry of Marlborough, MA, Denise M. Woods and her spouse James of Clinton, Rhonda A. Duncan and her spouse Brian of Westborough, MA, and Patrick M. Wilkinson and his spouse Jennifer of Gates N.C.; 4 siblings Joan M. Wilkinson, Sally A. Wilkinson, David P. Wilkinson and his spouse Susan and Marcia J. Cairns of W. Boylston; 8 grandchildren, Joe, Jordin, K.J., Jean, Jennifer, Pete, Brandon, and Katie and many nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and many cousins. He was also predeceased by his sister Joyce A. Wilkinson and his brother-in-law Edward M. Cairns.
Calling hours will be held from 10 am until 12 pm on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at TIGHE HAMILTON REGIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 50 Central St., Hudson, MA; immediately followed by a Celebration of His Life at 12 pm in the funeral home and procession to Forestvale Cemetery for interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123; www.cancer.org