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Ernest Wilkinson

Ernest L. Wilkinson

Sunday, April 23rd, 1950 - Friday, November 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Ernest L. Wilkinson, 69, a resident of South St. in Bennington died unexpectedly on Friday November 8, 2019.

He was born in Bennington, VT April 23, 1950. He was the son of the late Leonard and Megan (Crawford) Wilkinson.

He married the former Marta Sweet in1974.

In earlier years Ernest had been employed at The Hale Company in East Arlington, Marty Moore’s Greenhouses in Bennington and most recently The Strohmaier Farm in Pownal.

He enjoyed fishing, hiking and gardening. His family and grandchildren were his main interest.

Survivors include his wife, Marta Wilkinson of Epsom, New Hampshire. His children, Amy Seidenberg and her husband Andrew of Epsom, N,H., Matthew Wilkinson of Bennington and Elizabeth Wilkinson of Essex Junction, VT. Eight grandchildren, Kanaan, Clover, Kenneth and Cole Gifford, Kody, Walker and Savannah Wilkinson and Amir Karim. His brothers and sisters, Gloria Moffitt (Charles), Walter Wilkinson, Stanley Wilkinson, George Wilkinson McCray (Kathy), Myron, Vernon and Ricky Wilkinson, Norma Crandall (George), April Mayer (Dale), and Gerald and Mark Wilkinson along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Ernest’s life will be held at the Green Mountain Christian Center in Bennington on Saturday November 16, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

The burial will follow in the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington.

Friends may call at the Mahar and Son Funeral Home on Friday November 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Guest book condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 15th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 15th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    E. P. Mahar and Son Funeral Home
    Address
    628 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Celebration of Life

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Green Mountain Christian Center
    Address
    440 Main Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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  • Interment

    Saturday, November 16th, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, November 16th, 2019
    Location
    Park Lawn Cemetery
    Address
    South Street
    Bennington, Vermont 05201
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Kim Bishop

Posted at 04:53pm
Things I’ve learned about Ernest L. Wilkinson

The last 2 days I’ve learned a lot about a man I never got to know. Here’s what I’ve learned:
He was a man of few words. He didn’t talk about doing things, he just did them. He was gentle and kind. He helped a lot of people and never expected anything in return. He loved his family. He loved working with his hands. He was a hard worker. Even when he was sick he’d continue working.

He had an open door at his house. Whoever needed to stay whether for a short while or an extended time, were welcomed. I’m told a lot of kids stayed with him over the years. He saw a need and he opened his door.

He was an “animal whisperer”. Billie and Carl Strohmaier told me how he couldn’t hear but he could hone in on a kitten in a corner even when no one else could see it. Billie told me Ernest gave him a gift. Being a farmer they would call a newly born cow a freshling (I think that’s what they said but I could be wrong). Ernest called them baby and the mother, mama. That is a sweetness you don’t hear much. It brought me to tears to think about how soft his heart must have been not only to other human beings but to each and every animal under the sun. They told me about how he would water the geraniums around the farm even though it was not his job. He loved flowers and he saw a need and just did it. They told me about how when a cow would get loose others could not get them in like Ernest could and he didn’t have to say a word, he just made this noise and they would come to him. They knew his voice and responded.

It is evident of how much he will be missed and how much he cared for others. I feel like I really missed out on getting to know him but I am thankful for the gift I was given to get to know him through others. I am deeply touched beyond what these few words could even convey. May we all be like Ernest and love and care for one another and seek the voice that will bring us home.

Love, Kim Bishop (Stan)
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Tinasweet555555@gmail.com

Posted at 11:35pm
I remember marta and earnest comming to pick me up and taking me to Hampton beach when i was a kid this was the first time i had been there now i love the ocean and take my boys there
T

Tinasweet555555@gmail.com

Posted at 11:35pm
I remember marta and earnest comming to pick me up and taking me to Hampton beach when i was a kid this was the first time i had been there now i love the ocean and take my boys there
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Mary Sprague

Posted at 09:51am
So sorry to hear this .your dad was a great man Matt love and hugs to all the family from ours to yours.again our condolences

Darlene Jones

Posted at 08:28pm
Ernest was always a loving , caring person. Ernest was always the first to offer anyone a helping hand.
I will forever be grateful to Ernest for the times he carried me home when I cut my foot, and the time he carried me home when I flipped my bike at the bottom of our road where we all grew up. Ernest I will always remember you.
God Bless
Love Darlene Jones
 
MV

Michelle Violette Posted at 09:17am

Ernest was an uncle to me..the world lost a good man...my condolences to my family ...love Michelle Violette
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