2012-05-10 / Obituaries

thomas m. wilkinson

Thomas M. Wilkinson, 38, formerly of Brewster and Mount Kisco, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at the home he shared with his fiancée, Heather Ripley, and her sons Ethan and Anthony Ripley, in Meadville, Pa., on April 20, 2012. Born on November 14, 1973, in Carmel, Thomas grew up in the Tonetta Lake area of Brewster and was a graduate of Brewster High School. He is survived by his mother, Julianne Burdick Dyas, and stepfather John Lane of Spring Hill, Florida and his father, Gary Wilkinson, and stepmother Lisa Curtin of NY. He also leaves behind his 10-year-old daughter Isabella Wilkinson (Stephanie Tchorzyk), his 3-year-old son Jesse Wilkinson (Stephanie Yagasits), brother Robert Wilkinson and his grandmother Eileen Burdick, all of Brewster.

Thomas was predeceased by his grandparents, Patricia and Harold Wilkinson, whom he spent a lot of time with fishing and swimming in Tonetta Lake, and Patricia Mayes Burdick Hall and Ralph Burdick, who introduced him to the blacktopping business and the heavy equipment that Thomas operated with skill and ease. Thomas went on to become a heavy equipment operator for various companies in the area.

Thomas is also survived by his Uncle Robert (Gloria) Wilkinson, Uncle Tom Wilkinson, Uncle Ralph 'Joe' (Linda) Burdick Jr., Uncle Frederick (Brenda) Burdick, all of Brewster; Aunt Susan (Dan) Adelsperger of Eureka, Ca.; and Aunt Dorothea (Michael) Cadigan of LaGrange; and many cousins.

He fell in love with Heather and followed his heart two years ago and moved to Pennsylvania, where he enjoyed working around the house, cooking, taking care of the land and tending to his animals. He missed his family dearly, especially his two lovely children Isabella and Jesse, but he found solace in the peace and serenity that came with life in rural Pennsylvania. Thomas made friends easily wherever he went; those close to him knew that he was a friend who would give the shirt off his back. He was always willing to lend a hand and he was a great listener. Thomas will be remembered for his kind heart, helpful nature, thoughtfulness and care, concern and love when it came to family and friends. He was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all.

There will be a private, family ceremony at Milltown Rural Cemetery in Brewster.

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