David W. Wilkinson

October 19, 1969September 5, 2018
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David W. Wilkinson, 48, a lifelong Yonkers resident, died on Wednesday September 5, 2018 at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, NY.

He was born on October 19, 1969 to James and Jean Wilkinson in Yonkers, NY where he was raised and educated, graduating from Gorton High School. Mr. Wilkinson worked as a supervisor for Precision Valve in Yonkers, NY for 15 years.

He was also a longtime fan of the NY Yankees, the Dallas Cowboys, boxing, and the new wave band Depeche Mode. Mr. Wilkinson was a drummer and one of the founding members of an influential death metal band formed in Yonkers. You could find David most days at the Dunkin' Donuts on Bronx River Rd., holding court and a cup of iced coffee.

On June 19th, 2001, he married his loving wife, Meanleak Long in Yonkers, NY. Mrs. Wilkinson survives and lives in Yonkers. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Cheyenne Wilkinson. He is also survived by his mother, Jean Wilkinson of Yonkers, NY, three brothers, Thomas J Wilkinson of Mahopac, NY, James M. Wilkinson of Orlando, FL, and Paul D. Wilkinson of Okinawa, Japan, several nieces and nephews, and his very dear and devoted friend Fabrizio Aguirre. He was predeceased by his father, James H. Wilkinson.

Visiting hours will be at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Sunday 4-8pm. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at Whalen & Ball Funeral Home on Monday September 10, 2018 at 10am. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. Whalen & Ball Funeral Home 168 Park Ave. Yonkers, N.Y. 10703 (914)965-5488


  • Visitation Sunday, September 9, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 10, 2018
  • Interment Monday, September 10, 2018

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Bob Vigna

September 10, 2018

Dave was one of the nicest and most genuine people I knew growing up. We had so many good times back in the early days, all of us still in High School, creating, recording, and performing music together for the first time. Dave loved playing the drums and was so into the music. After school we used to go and rehearse with the band right in Dave’s bedroom in the apartment, which I’m sure the neighbors were never too fond of, but somehow we managed to get away with it for so long. Seems like yesterday.

I’ve always known Dave to be kind, considerate and willing to help anyone.
He was truly a good person and always looked out for others. Although I’ve only seen Dave a couple of times over the past few years, it was always great to see him, hear what he was up to and reminisce about the old days.

I’ll always have fond memories of Dave, a truly unique person with a big heart, and such a positive way of looking at things. I am sorry he had to leave us so soon.

My deepest condolences to the whole Wilkinson family. I wish you all the best in getting through this difficult time.

Rest peacefully Dave.

Norman Marques

September 9, 2018

Just wanted to send My Deepest Condolences to the Entire Wilkinson Family.
I remember meeting Dave my senior year of High School which was a very difficult time for me Changing schools in senior year. But being a fellow Metalhead he came over, introduced himself & just started talking music with me. He was always a calm presence back then & seemed to be in tune with things others weren't, at least to it did me. I did lose touch with him after some time, but would still run into him from Time to Time & we would stop to talk. From those brief moments that we did reconnect I could still see that he was still that same Kid in a Metallica shirt that walked up to me in the front of Gorton many years before. He was So Proud to tell me of being Married & having a Daughter also of his Relationship with God. He Radiated when he spoke of all 3. Dave I Hope you are finally @ Peace.
Your Buddy Norm

Paul Wilkinson

September 8, 2018

Dave with family at Rye Playland Summer 2017. Great memories with Dave!

Audrey Esposito

September 8, 2018

Dave was such an amazing guy he had a great love of life always a smile on his face even with all he went through he never once complained and kept a positive attitude about everything he was truly a great person to be friends with . I was very greatlful to be able to call him my friend , it saddens me to know that he is no longer with us but I know he is resting and no longer suffering. My deepest sympathy to his family sending them hugs & prayers to get through this difficult time. With many of you that were able to be part of his life I’m sure you all feel a great loss may god give the strength to get through the difficult time of saying goodbye to a wonderful man . He will truly be missed RIP my dear friend

Ronny Pril

September 8, 2018

David was one of the best guy and a great father I’v ever known. We loved to talk and watch the Dallas Cowboy together on TV as he was a great fan. I will missed him coming to my house with his beloved family as my wife would cooks and drinks together, and talk jokes.
RIP my brother, you’re in great hand with the lord. 🙏

Marilyn Cowan

September 7, 2018

Dear Jean, Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved son. I wish you comfort, peace and love. Marilyn Cowan

Craig Rosenberg

September 7, 2018

I always enjoyed talking about Depeche Mode with David while picking up our children at school. Our thoughts are with his family and may he rest in peace...

Mary Ann Gargiulo

September 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with David at PVC. He was such a kind, happy gentle soul. Everyone loved him and we are all very sad to hear this news. May he rest in peace and may the Lord watch over his family.