Deacon Raymond W. Wilkinson, Sr., 91 of Weatherly, PA, passed away from complications of the Coronavirus at the Weatherwood Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Weatherly, on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Born on August 9, 1928 in Highland, PA, Raymond was the son of the late Willard William and Clara (Kluck) Wilkinson. Prior to moving to Weatherly, PA 60 years ago, his early years were spent in the Oakdale (Freeland), PA area. He was employed as a Machinist for Wagner Electric (Tung-Sol) in Weatherly for many years and was a member of the IBEW, serving as President of the Local from 19591965. In addition to being active in many community services throughout his life, Ray’s greatest accomplishment, and the one for which he was most proud, was serving as an Ordained Deacon through the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Diocese of Allentown at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church in Weatherly and throughout the entire Carbon County area. He also served as Chaplain for the Allentown Trauma Unit and the Pottsville Prison for many years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #12105, the Polonaise Society of Hazleton, and the Weatherly Senior Citizens Center and Friendship Club. Raymond was predeceased by his wife, Helen (Pula) Wilkinson in 1992 and the following brothers and sisters: William, David, Ronald, Dorothy Wanda, and Eleanor Schneider. He is survived by his son, Raymond (Butch) Jr. and wife, Susan, of Summerville, SC and daughter, Diane Gregory and husband, William Jr., of Weatherly, five grandchildren and eight great granddaughters, Troy Gregory and wife, Joy, children – Lily and Hartley; Heather Parkins and husband, Josh, children – Macy and Addison; Bradley Gregory and wife, Angela, children – Angelina and Reya; Blake Gregory and wife, Carrie, children – Grace and Ayla; Brodie Wilkinson and wife, Samantha; and brothers Eugene and James. Due to the pandemic, private cremation services will be handled by Raymond’s nephew, Joseph Pula, owner of the Joseph J. Pula Funeral Home, Inc., 23 N. 9th St, Stroudsburg, PA 18230. There will be a memorial mass offered for Raymond followed by burial of his ashes in St. Cashimer’s Cemetery, Freeland, PA at a future date and time to be announced. Pulafuneralhome.com
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