Funeral services and burial will be held privately.
Lunenburg – Gerard “Jerry” Wilkins, 72, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020, in his home surrounded by family.
He was born in Boston on March 20, 1948, the son of the late Theodore Wilkins and Anna (Zablocki) Wilkins Wilkie.
Jerry was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 15 and as a result, he endured many medical challenges throughout his life. He faced all of these challenges with a brave and positive attitude, and at times, even with a sense of humor. He often handed out his “Professional Patient” business cards at his many doctors appointments. Jerry’s luck was on his side when he became one of the very first individuals to receive a simultaneous double organ transplant, both a kidney and an experimental pancreas transplant at Mass General Hospital nearly 33 years ago.Without this generous gift of life, he never would have enjoyed the pleasure of meeting his grandchildren and for that the entire family is eternally grateful.
In his younger days, Jerry loved salt water fishing and walking the beach. He always enjoyed bowling and golfing with his friends. He was blessed with a green thumb, meticulously raising his vegetable garden, a gift he has passed down to his daughter. Although Jerry was a man of few words, he was always ready to provide sound advice and guidance to his family. Throughout his life he was a loving and devoted husband, an attentive and supportive father, and the best grandfather, “Pop”, also lovingly referred to as “Poppy-Cat” to his five grandchildren. He loved nothing more than cheering on his grandchildren at their soccer games; even when his vision began to fail, he was always there.
He is survived by his childhood sweetheart and wife of 52 years Dianne (Jurkiewicz) Wilkins of Lunenburg; his son Jeffrey Wilkins, his wife Wendi and their son Teddy of Nashua, NH; his daughter Christine Bowser, her husband Baron and their children Jarrod, Mason, Brionna and Braydon of Lunenburg; two sisters, his step-brother, and many dear and devoted friends. Jerry was also predeceased by his step-father William Wilkie whom he shared a fond relationship.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the Lunenburg Fire and Rescue, 655 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA 01462 or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Suite 745 Boston, MA 02215.