Retired Commander USN, Jay H. Wilkinson, 70, of 6 Grouse Wing Court, Biltmore Lake, N.C., entered into rest at 12:02 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center in Asheville, N.C., following a short illness.
He was born Nov. 23, 1941, in Waynesboro, Pa. He was the son of the late John S. Wilkinson, who was raised in Fayetteville, Pa., and Elinor (Perreida) Wilkinson, who was raised in Hawaii.
Mr. Wilkinson graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1959 and received a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1963. He later received a master’s degree in telecommunications from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Wilkinson served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. He graduated from the United States Naval Officers Cadet School in Newport, R.I. While in the Navy, he worked with the Naval Security Group. His last position was as the commanding officer of Naval Security Station in Washington, D.C. He retired from the Navy on March 1, 1990.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he moved to Kailua, Hawaii, and worked for the city and county of Honolulu as superintendent of enterprise services. He retired in November 2007.
He and his wife, Karen, were married Dec. 6, 1986. They moved to Asheville in 2008.
Mr. Wilkinson was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the former BPO Elks Lodge 731 of Waynesboro.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John S. Wilkinson and wife, Crystal, and Andrew F. Wilkinson and wife, Stephanie, and grandchildren, Caroline and Grant Wilkinson, all of Hagerstown, Md. He is also survived by three stepsons, Anthony Petriccione and wife, Arline, and grandchildren Hailey, Jacob and Sydney Petriccione of Lake Mary, Fla., Joseph Petriccione and wife, Tracy, of Atlanta, Ga., and Andrew Petriccione of Bradenton, Fla.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 12 North Broad St., Waynesboro, with the Rev. John Bateman as celebrant. Burial will follow the service at Green Hill Cemetery, Waynesboro, with military honors by the honor guard of Charles Nitterhouse Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1599 of Chambersburg.
Family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John F. Keever Jr. Solace Center, 21 Belvedere Road, Asheville, NC 28813.