Tom Wilkin, 54, of Newcomerstown, died Monday, May 2, 2011.
He was born in Dennison on July 13, 1956, the son of the late H. "Dick" Wilkin and Jean "Kohl" Wilkin of Newcomerstown.
He was a graduate of the Newcomerstown High School, class of 1974, and a very proud member of Newcomerstown's 1972 "undefeated" football team. One of Tom's favorite activities was reminiscing about that "memorable" season. His nephew Dusty, also a NHS graduate, broke one of Tom's long-standing tackling records 30 years later in 2002. Tom's record was set during the '72 undefeated season against Tuscarawas Central Catholic (most solo tackles in a game). Tom was quoted as saying in the Newcomerstown News, "If someone were to break my record, I am glad it was my nephew, Dusty."
He was also proud to be a cancer survivor having fought and won a very hard battle in the late 1970s to early 1980s. He always attributed his survivorship to the love and support received by all of his family members, especially his parents.
He was the owner of Wilkin Electric and Plumbing in the Newcomerstown area for over 30 years. In his spare time, he loved playing cards with the same group of guys every Thursday evening for the last 35 years. He cherished spending time with his daughter and grandchildren, friends, and a enjoyed a "great" mushroom hunt. He was a "regular" Touraine Club coffee drinker every morning and enjoyed hanging out with the group before beginning his workday. He was a supportive son, brother, father, husband, grandfather, and friend who could always be counted on for assistance in any kind of situation.
Christmas was always his "favorite" time of the year! He had many fond memories of his parents and brothers cutting down their Christmas tree as a "family," and in later years as an adult of he and his daughter, Lindsey, making it a special event for just the two of them to pick a tree together. Anyone ever having a conversation with Tom, knew he busted with pride talking about his daughter and the fact that she was a R.N., and in turn helping other patients as he was cared for during his many years off and on as a patient at the National Cancer Institute.
Another wonderful memory of Tom's was the trip he took this past November to Gettysburg with his buddies, Jack Duff, Jim Hopkins and Dave Butler. He had a great time, came back with many stories, and was looking forward to the next destination with this group -- Antietam Battlefield this year. Tom was a 30-year member of the BPOE Elks Lodge 1555 of Newcomerstown.
Tom is also survived by his wife, Kristie Wilkin, whom he married Dec. 24, 1984. Other survivors include the light of his life, his daughter, Lindsey Wilkin Bryan, and her husband, Dave, and his three precious grandchildren, who will miss their "Boppy" immensely, Tayte Noelle Bryan, and twins Trace Nicholas and Tristen Wayne Bryan.
He is also survived by brothers, R. "Craig" (Mary Ann), Dusty, and Dan, all of Newcomerstown and Mike (Rachel) Wilkin of Dover; his mother-in-law, Sandy King and her companion Dick Jurin; and sister-in-law, and brother-in-law, Jeff and Kelly Eggleston; grandma, Oleen Peoples of Newcomerstown; nieces and nephews, surviving, Tom and Angie "Trent" Couts, Derrick "Kim" Wilkin, Duston Wilkin, Megan Wilkin, Mallorie Wilkin, Miranda Grasselli, Eric Baker, and Joe "Amy" Eggleston; as well as his many great-nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
In addition to his father, Tom was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hubert and Helen Wilkin and Selvanus "Bud" and Gladys Kohl; two nephews, Justin Wilkin and Heath Wilkin; his canine companion, "Lizzie;" and the many friends he has lost over the years.
Funeral services were May 5, 2011, at the Addy Funeral Home, Newcomerstown, with Pastor Derek Hickman officiating. Burial will be in West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.
The family suggests memorials be made to: The American Cancer Society, 525 N. Broad St., Canfield, OH 44406; or Take 2 Rescue, 3632 Seibert Hill Road, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.
To the best son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend -- you will be sadly missed and loved by all of us until we meet again.
Online condolence may be made at www.addyfuneralhome.com.