Elizabeth Monroe
B: 1950-05-15
D: 2021-03-02
View Details
Monroe, Elizabeth
Ike Fuller
B: 1937-04-06
D: 2021-02-25
View Details
Fuller, Ike
Darrel Barnes
B: 1941-04-19
D: 2021-02-25
View Details
Barnes, Darrel
Raymond Brosseau
B: 1944-01-26
D: 2021-02-24
View Details
Brosseau, Raymond
A. George Davis
B: 1926-12-21
D: 2021-02-23
View Details
Davis, A. George
Dora Ayotte
B: 1926-10-21
D: 2021-02-19
View Details
Ayotte, Dora
Julius Cook
B: 1955-01-06
D: 2021-02-16
View Details
Cook, Julius
Jacob Mitchell
B: 1993-01-05
D: 2021-02-13
View Details
Mitchell, Jacob
Theodore Musante
B: 1926-10-13
D: 2021-02-12
View Details
Musante, Theodore
Carol Waite
B: 1936-12-27
D: 2021-02-11
View Details
Waite, Carol
Edwin Jordan, Sr.
B: 1924-08-20
D: 2021-02-09
View Details
Jordan, Sr., Edwin
Sherwood Smith
B: 1933-09-08
D: 2021-02-09
View Details
Smith, Sherwood
Shirley Wood
B: 1952-06-21
D: 2021-02-07
View Details
Wood, Shirley
Sarah Stone
D: 2021-02-06
View Details
Stone, Sarah
David Yateman
B: 1931-03-01
D: 2021-02-04
View Details
Yateman, David
Katherine Briggs
B: 1925-11-24
D: 2021-02-04
View Details
Briggs, Katherine
Terry Rafter
B: 1951-01-26
D: 2021-02-03
View Details
Rafter, Terry
Margaret Minotti
B: 1924-11-07
D: 2021-02-03
View Details
Minotti, Margaret
Rita LaMay
B: 1950-05-07
D: 2021-02-01
View Details
LaMay, Rita
Dalton Cook
B: 1996-10-23
D: 2021-02-01
View Details
Cook, Dalton
Louis Barnes
B: 1956-08-01
D: 2021-02-01
View Details
Barnes, Louis


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
100 North Main Street
Massena, NY 13662
Phone: (315) 769-3579
Fax: (315) 769-3570
William Wilkins

William W. "Wally" Wilkins

Monday, July 29th, 1935 - Saturday, January 16th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of William Wilkins, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of William Wilkins

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

William's Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

William's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


MASSENA – William “Wally” Wilkins, 85, a resident of Middlebury Ave, passed away Saturday evening, January 16, 2021 at Canton-Potsdam Hospital from complications of COVID-19.

Wally was born July 29, 1935 in Massena, the son of the late George and Eva (Martin) Wilkins and attended Massena schools. At the age of 17, he entered the United States Army, later joining the Navy. After his honorable discharge from active duty, he served for many years with both the Army and Navy Reserves. On December 8, 1956, he married Betty J. Yateman at the Massena First United Methodist Church. She predeceased him on November 10, 2014.

Wally first worked for U-Hall and Rich Trucking Company during the construction of the Seaway. He later opened and operated Wilkins Billiards and The Golden Cue in Massena for many years before starting employment at Alcoa, where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1997 as a press saw operator in the Extrusion Department. As a proud veteran, he was a member of the AMVETS and the VFW in Massena and former member of the Moose Lodge. Wally enjoyed collecting coins, visiting the casino, diners and french fries, and his granddogs. He was an avid Syracuse sports fan and enjoyed gardening – especially his fruit trees. Wally will fondly be remembered by his family and many friends for always having a pocketful of candies that he would always be offering.

Wally is survived by his children, Rickey and Melissa Wilkins of Massena; William Jr. and Karen Wilkins of Massena; and Lori Salazar of Ogdensburg; his grandchildren, Erika O’Geene, Katie, Corey, and Jordan Wilkins, and Cole Salazar; his great grandchildren, Rowan and Colton Wilkins and Elliana and Holden O’Geene; his sister, Kathy and Joe Toth of Frankenbooth, Michigan; his brother, Dennis Wilkins of Port Charlotte, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Wally was predeceased by a son, Timothy “Twink” Wilkins on September 23, 2016; his sisters, Donalda Sedlock, Dorothy Eros, and Shirley Clough; and his brother, Leonard “Alkie” Wilkins.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family with burial in Pine Grove Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be made online at

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may consider memorial contributions to be made in his memory to the Ronald McDonald Houses of either Syracuse or Burlington or the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of William W. "Wally" Wilkins, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of William W. "Wally" Wilkins.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of William here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of William W. "Wally" Wilkins by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Allison Cole Lundin

Posted at 07:24pm
Wally was a true gem. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Sending my deepest condolences to all of you.

Norris and Rae Davis

Posted at 01:57pm
In honor of Wally. Great man.
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of William Wilkins — Plant a Tree Now

Douglas OGeen

Posted at 02:49pm
It's amazing to hear all the great stories from family and friends, and to appreciate the wonderful gift that Wally has left for all of us...the wonderful memories to cherish, to laugh about, to hold dear in our hearts. I will personally cherish the wonderful memories in Florida, the card games, feeding his birds, the moments laughing at the playful interaction between Betty and Wally, the jokes and stories, and of course the deep political debates that we shared. I love you Wally, and you hold a special place in all of our hearts, so you will live with us forever.

Pamela Klosowski

Posted at 01:58pm
Wally was undoubtedly one of the cutest and sweetest men I have ever had the pleasure and honor of knowing. Twink inherited so many of his dad's gentle ways. You will both forever live in my heart and memories. xxoo, Pam

Linda Case

Posted at 12:47pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Our family so loved your Dad. He was such a loving and caring man. I am sure the reunion in heaven is a glorious one.
Dan and Linda Case

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each


Sometimes extenuating circumstances make it difficult to attend a service. Memorial webcasting gives family and friends the opportunity to view a service live, online, from anywhere.

This event may be open-casket and the livestream may contain views of the deceased.