Daniel Joseph Wilkins of formerly of Chelmsford

 

5761 WilkinsDaniel J. Wilkins, 55, of Moultonborough NH formerly of Chelmsford, died unexpectedly Friday, April 1, 2016.

Born in Braintree, MA on February 24, 1961 the son of the late Henry and Virginia (Trapp) Wilkins. He was a graduate of Chelmsford High School with the class of 1979. He graduated with a BS in Accounting from UMass Lowell in 1983 and went on to receive a JD from Western New England School of Law in 1986.

Daniel worked at The Lakehouse Grille in Meredith, NH as a Chef and Banquet Manager. He previously worked as in-house Counsel for Colonial Gas.

He was a communicant of St. Mary Church in Chelmsford.

Daniel enjoyed nothing more than spending time with family and friends either on the beach at Winnipesaukee or out on the boat. He loved taking the kids to Weirs Beach and The Naswa. And of course he loved cooking and making people fat and happy.

He is survived by his former wife, Andrea Wilkins of Chelmsford; two sons, Connor Wilkins of Boston, and Michael Wilkins of Chelmsford; a daughter, Mackenzie Wilkins of Chelmsford; two brothers and a sister in law, Dennis Wilkins of Lowell, Douglas and his wife Maria Wilkins of Coto de Caza, CA, and one niece and four nephews, Brad, Zachary, Trinity, Tristan Wilkins, and Alex Mendez.

He was the brother of the late Donald Wilkins of Nashua, NH who died in 2000, and David Wilkins of Lowell, who died in 1995.

Visiting hours Thursday 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Friday at 10:00 a.m. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Chelmsford. Cremation Merrimack Crematory, Merrimack, NH. Donations may be made in Daniel’s name to Recreational Adult Resource Association (RARA),295 High Street Lowell, MA 01852, (978)453-5598.

Visitation

April 7, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

April 8, 2016
11:00 AM
St. Mary's Church, Chelmsford
  1. Beth Mitchell says:

    Danny Boy
    What happened?
    You were an old soul over 20 years ago, when we went to law school together. You would give me rides home on weekends, (and always mad fun of me because I was a “Lowell girl” I always used to tell you that you were the gas, and I was the break. I’m so sorry that you never found your own “break”. You had so many people who loved you, yet never found peace.

    Your work here is done, my friend. rest now.
    “Ar dheis De go raibh a anam”

  2. Larry Putnam says:

    I was very sorry to hear of the passing of Dan. He was always there when we needed him at Colonial Gas. My condolences to the family.
    Larry Putnam

  3. John.fairbanks says:

    My condolences to Conner and family. I will think of him always as a fellow hockey dad. Stay strong.
    The Fairbanks

  4. Karyn Avila says:

    Dan’s infectious smile that illuminated the room and will forever be remembered. May he rest in eternal peace and forever be in you heart.
    God bless you all now and always.

  5. Jake Green says:

    Dan will be missed by so many, he was such a great man. He managed to please everyone with nothing expected in return. I will always remember him for his personality and his awesome food cooking skills and for just being him. I shared many memories with Dan that will last a life time. Rest easy Dan, I love you.

  6. Paul & Jill Trapp says:

    My cousin Danny and I were closest in age, so news of his passing really hit hard. Danny had an infectious charm and always a smile on his face, the kind of guy that you always wanted to be around. That’s how we will remember him. All of our thoughts and prayers to Doug and Dennis as well as Andrea and their children.

  7. Nancy Wilkins Lamothe Johnson says:

    I remember Danny as a college student before he went off to law school. Then I enjoyed working as Danny’s Legal Assistant at Colonial Gas Company. While he was in court, I would send important messages, such as our coffee order to pick up on his way back to the office. He was always kind enough to bring us whatever we asked for and with a smile too. He taught me a lot about litigation and to cover for him at small claims court. He kept us all laughing consistently. He was most proud of his family and talked about you consistently! Rest in peace Danny. My thoughts and prayers go out to you Andrea, Connor, Mike and Kenzie.

    Nancy Wilkins Lamothe Johnson

  8. John rossi says:

    So sad to learn of Dan’s untimely passing. Dan kept me and my family happy, fed, and laughing at our NH ski club last season. We so enjoyed his company, his smarts, his wit, and his secret mission to fatten us all up. He always threatened to get back out there and ski – of which I’d make weekly invites but, his schedule was full. So sorry to know we won’t take that comeback run together. With a heavy heart and tears our thoughts go out to Dan’s family and his extended circle of friends. Will miss you Dan.

  9. Kerry Shank says:

    My thoughts and prayer are with the whole Wilkins family. Dan and I worked together for Colonial Gas and it was always great to see his smiling face and vibrant personality when he came to the Cape to take care of Cape business! He will be sorely missed by the many, many friends he so effortlessly made throughout the years!

    My sincerest condolences,

    Kerry L. Shank

  10. John Kamal says:

    Remembering a happy former student who brought so much life and so many smiles into my English classroom-

  11. Barbara Maglio says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news Andrea. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful children during this very difficult time.

  12. tim bascom says:

    The Bascom Family sends our deepest sympathies, the wonderful memories of the Wilkins family will always be etched in our minds. God bless you all,

  13. Susan Higgins says:

    My Deepest Sympathy to Dan’s Family .
    He was A Great Guy ,Great Lawyer! Wonderful Person.
    God Bless him! May his Soul Rest In Peace!
    I believe , He was my Lawyer for my Divorce back in 2000.

  14. Donna & Tony Gocha says:

    Words cannot express the sorrow that is this loss, but I will always remember his wit, his laughter, and all the times we had together as kids. May the music of the angels bring you home,my dearest cousin, and know that a piece of my heart goes with you.

  15. John & Lucy Vose says:

    All of our memories of Danny start with his larger than life smile and his laughter. When our families got together for holidays, birthdays, weddings, or funerals, Danny always lightened the day and brightened the moment. Like many of us, he faced challenges that took their toll, but he was always a good man and a good cousin. You will be missed and may your soul shine in your next life as brightly as it did in this one.

  16. Art Moores says:

    So very sad to learn about Dan’s passing! Such great memories, I will always remember all the fun times we shared. Rest in peace bud! Your family is in my thoughts and prayer during this very difficult time.

  17. Judge Neil J walker says:

    You will be missed my friend. Having you in Court was a pleasure. Your smile, humor and approach on all matters you handled was always appreciated. Rest in peace!!

  18. Kellie, Jim, Cortney McCann says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family….

  19. Robert McLarney says:

    Sorry for your loss. Sad new indeed.

  20. Paul Carey says:

    We are sorry to hear that Dan has passed. He was the younger brother of the “Best Man” at our wedding , Don. I share in the pain of Dan’s passing andwish all the best for the Wilkins family. He will be missed.

  21. Janice Stack says:

    So Very Sorry to hear of Danny’s Passing.
    He had the Greatest Smile and Enjoyed Life!

    I will always Remember Henry the 8th karaoke!

    Rest in Peace Dan

  22. Laura Mills Veillette says:

    Very sad so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the family

  23. Edson marini says:

    He was a good friend and a good boss RiP

  24. Tim MADORE says:

    Dan had a heart of gold .And he would give the shirt off his back to help anybody .He had a spirt and smile that would light up the room .He could sit down and start a conversation with anybody and buy the end of the conversation he would had become your friend instantly I witnessed this many times .i had the pleasure of working with dan for the last two years and he was one best people I have ever worked for.Last summer I spent a lot of time with dan and everytime he would come to my house my son would light up and dan would play and joke with my son eferlesly and my son adopted dan as his pop daddy this was his name for him .And we both will miss him dearly.I send my condolences to his family and know that dan had touched a lot of peoples lives and he was loved buy all

  25. Jennifer O'Brien says:

    Such a tragic loss. Dan was well liked by his fellow colleagues in Lowell. Always had a smile and a laugh. May he rest in peace.

  26. Tommy Ward Jr says:

    Danny was a good man. He was always entertaining and I will always remember the times at Lighthouse lane with him while I was growing up. Hopefully he is in a better place now. Best wishes to the Wilkins family.

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