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Wilkins, William (Bill) Matthew Dean (June 18, 1933 – March 4, 2019)

It is with great sadness that the family of Bill Wilkins, QC announces his passing on the evening of March 4, 2019 at the age of 85 years. Bill will be lovingly remembered by Irena, his wife of 57 years, his daughters Kathryn and Marta, sons- in-law, John Reeves and John Moskal and grandchildren, Steven Wilkins-Reeves, Dean Wilkins- Reeves, Amanda Moskal and Thomas Moskal. Also mourning his passing are his siblings Tony Wilkins (Marty Timken), Kathryn Hardy, Nancy Whyatt (Tony) and his many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Bill is predeceased by his sister Jane Purdie and brother- in- law Don Purdie. Son of the late Elwin Dean (E.D.) Wilkins, QC and of the late Kathryn Loretta Wilkins (nee Mulligan), Bill was born and raised in Sudbury. After graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1959, Bill returned to Sudbury where he practiced law for almost 60 years. He will be remembered for his dedication, hard work and compassion for his clients in both Sudbury and Espanola. Bill was an avid reader, who enjoyed sharing his knowledge and he constantly kept up with politics and world events by reading several newspapers daily. Bill especially loved his family camp in the Bay of Islands, Lake Huron where generations of family and friends would gather every summer. Winter vacations at Longboat Key were a favourite as well. Bill had a kind and generous nature which was appreciated by all who knew him, and he was known to never short anyone in the amount of rum he used when making one of his “Bill” drinks. He will truly be missed by his wife, siblings, children and all their families. In keeping with his request, there will be a Celebration of Life that will be held at a later date this Spring.

14 Condolences

  1. Our deepest condolences to the Wilkin’s family. Gary and I were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing and have you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Bill was a fine man, loved and respected by so many in the Bay of Islands. He will be remembered fondly.
    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

    Posted by:Gary and Cathy Clackett
    March 21, 2019
  2. Mary and I were very moved and deeply saddened to learn of Bill’s passing. We now live in Ottawa and just got the sad news. Bill and I were close friends. We met as teenagers and attended Sudbury High school, the University of Toronto and the Osgoode Hall Law School at the same time We both practiced Law in Sudbury. We were part of a close knit group while in High School. There are some tales best left untold of those years. Bill was a people person, a fun loving person . Everyone loved Bill. Everyone enjoyed his company. Whenever we got together we always had great conversations and and always soms good laughs as well. We extend our deepest condolences to Irene and the rest of the family. He will be missed by all who knew him.

    Posted by:Mary and Morris Steinberg
    March 13, 2019
  3. Some years back, Bill visited us to explain the band’s land claim. He stayed a while to chat with my mother. It was clear, Bill cared for and connected with people and the land. Our condolences to all the Wilkins family. Know that Bill’s caring lives on.

    Posted by:Ted and Jo Cowan
    March 11, 2019
  4. Our deepest condolences to the Wilkins family, Bill will be deeply missed in The Bay of Islands. Many good memories of Bill and his orange boat.

    Posted by:Zachary Shewchuk and Karen Zetzsche
    March 10, 2019
  5. I send my condolences to all the Wilkins and relations. I remember one summer when I was on the island alone and had an allergic reaction to the codeine I’d been given for an impacted tooth. I crawled to the phone, called Island Lodge, they called Bill and he came RACING over and got me to Whitefish Falls… Truly a knight in shining armor and a good man to boot.

    Posted by:Susan Ninde Lanier
    March 10, 2019
  6. I always will remember Bill fondly. He was a wise and generous friend in need for me, a knowledgeable and avid lover of the Bay, and a wonderful person. Not only his family, but the entire Bay–and I, will miss him.

    Posted by:Bobette Jones
    March 10, 2019
  7. Our deepest condolences to all of you. He will be so missed in The Bay of Islands. Sending you all love and hugs. Cindy, Nikki and Kristen Withrow

    Posted by:Cindy, Nikki and Kristen Withrow
    March 10, 2019
  8. So sad to hear this news. Having spent a great deal of my teenage years with the Wilkins family, I remember Mr. Wilkins as kind, generous, and oh, so funny. From the eventful trips to the Dairy Queen in Gatchell and the endless trips to the Island, he kept us goofy teenagers entertained.
    Mrs. Wilkins, Marta and Kathryn – my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. He was a lovely man.

    Posted by:Kathy Berens
    March 9, 2019
  9. Our condolences. Bill was one of the good guys. We are so glad to have known him.

    Posted by:Kim and Joe Marcuccio
    March 9, 2019
  10. God is good, God made good, God made Bill Wilkins. The goodness of Bill will surely be missed in The Bay of Islands.
    Love to Irene and the Wilkins families,

    Posted by:Collie and Andy Jackson
    March 8, 2019
  11. So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing – I have many fond memories of the Wilkins household and camp while growing up. Bill was always reading something, nice and ‘up close’ and he always listened with intent – even when we were goofy teenagers 🙂 Take care of each other and please give my regards and hug to your Mom. Noreen

    Posted by:Noreen McChesney
    March 8, 2019
  12. Oh Bill, I sit here in tears. 1973 when I came to work for Tony. That’s a really long time ago. I send my condolences to Irene and the girls. Tony…big hugs to you and your family. I am really sad…I really am.

    Posted by:Barbara Giommi
    March 8, 2019
  13. Our condolences to Irene, Marta and Kathryn. Bill was a wonderful man. I always think fondly of our friendship.

    Posted by:Joe and Kim Marcuccio
    March 7, 2019
  14. Our sympathies to his family & friends.
    What a great lawyer Bill was. Honest, loyal & smart was some of his professional attributes. Rest in peace my friend.

    Posted by:Gilles & Beverly Brunet
    March 7, 2019

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