Tributes paid to Archdeacon Wilkinson

By Dan Walsh

The death has occurred of Kenneth Wilkinson, (90), of Hazelwood, Gorey, former Archdeacon of Ferns. Bishop Michael Burrows, extending his sympathy to the Wilkinson family, has paid tribute to the former Archdeacon.

“His death marks the end of an era in the diocese of Ferns. Although retired for nearly twenty years his colleagues continued to regard him as epitomising all that is best in parochial and pastoral ministry in the Church of Ireland.


“His long incumbency in Enniscorthy touched the lives of many who were enriched by his care, wisdom and dignified conduct of the liturgy. As archdeacon he was a superb chair, going to the heart of matters, avoiding any time wasting and contributing hugely to the efficiency of Diocesan administration. His was a ministry characterised by diligence, courtesy, good humour and a genuine holiness,” stated Bishop Burrows.

Rector of Enniscorthy and Monart Union, The Reverend Nicola Halford also paid tribute to Archdeacon Wilkinson. She said; “The parishioners of Enniscorthy and Monart Union are deeply saddened by the passing of their former rector Archdeacon Ken Wilkinson.  Archdeacon Wilkinson had a long and fruitful ministry here serving the parish from 1970 until 2002. There are many happy memories of his time within this Union, he will be sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bettie, Adrian, Linda, Karen, Sandra and their families at this difficult time.”

Kenneth Samuel Wilkinson was a native of Laois who was educated at Trinity College Dublin and ordained in 1961. He was a curate at St. Michin’s Dublin before devoting 33 years of service to the Diocese of Ferns at Killegney from 1967 until 1970 when he became Rector of Enniscorthy Union.

He was bestowed with the title Archdeacon in 1988, retired in 2002 and with his wife Bettie went to live in Gorey 

FAMILY NOTICE; Kenneth Samuel Wilkinson, Hazelwood, Gorey (former Archdeacon of Ferns) who passed away peacefully at Valentia Nursing Home, Camolin, on Sunday 17th October 2021. Beloved husband of Bettie and loving father of Adrian, Linda, Karen and Sandra, father-in-law of Jacqui, Kosta and David, grandfather of Gary, Darren, Emma, Joanna, Callan, Mae and Ruben, brother of Edith (Rafter) and the late George, brother-in-law of Marion. Kenneth will be missed by all his family and friends. At Rest

Kenneth’s funeral service will take place under Covid guidelines in Christ Church, Gorey, on Wednesday, 20th October, at 12 noon followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard. House Private Please.

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