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BATH — Alan S. Wilkie, 83, of Bath, died Sept. 26. He was born on July 12, 1929, in Owls Head, the son of Charles and Helen (Snow) Wilkie. He grew up in Rockland and graduated from Morse High School, class of 1947. Wilkie went on to further his education at Burdett Business School.
On August 21, 1952, Wilkie married June Olive Labbie. The couple resided in Bath for a short time before moving to Melrose, Mass., to raise their family.
Wilkie worked for many well-established companies in his lifetime, including the print shop of The Bath Daily Times, now known as the Times Record; Cherry Burrell Corp.; Noymer Leather Plant; and Schrafft’s Confection Co., where he was the director of materials.
He also worked as the general manager of Bleyer Industries’ New England division; as plant manager of Andover Chocolate; and as a senior industrial engineer for the New England Confectionery Company, from where he retired in 1992. He and his wife then moved back to Maine and Florida.
Wilkie had a passion for music, and played the xylophone in the Morse High School Band. His pride and joy was his kawai organ, and jazz and blues were his favorite types of music to play. He often sat and played for hours with his wife by his side.
Wilkie was the cofounder and charter chairman of the New England Packaging Institute, and a member of the New England Confectionery Association. He was also a lifetime member of the Masons.
He is predeceased by a brother, Joseph Keating Wilkie.
Wilkie is survived by his wife of 60 years, June, of Bath; a son, Evan A. Wilkie, and his wife, Michele, of Crystal River, Fla.; daughter Alanna Lane, of Albany; daughter Darcie Hutchins and her husband, Thomas, of Alna; grandchildren Rick Wilkie, Mindy Wilkie Barton, Carolyn Wilkie, Cherie Lane Smith, Ryan Lane, Jennifer Wilkie, Rachel Alexandrou, Yvette Alexandrou and Andrew Hutchins; and four great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be held Friday, Oct. 5 at 11 a.m. at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.
To share your thoughts and condolences with the family, please visit www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.
Alan S. Wilkie