Ellis E.  Wilkins


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Haverhill - Ellis "Elly" Wilkins, formerly of Amesbury, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, following a brief illness. He was born in Littleton, N.C., to the late Mayomie (Richardson) Wilkins and Roosevelt Wilkins. He was 85 years young.
Ellis was an outgoing person with a bottomless supply of quips and one-liners, many of which he took from his father, Roosevelt, who made friends wherever he went. He liked tinkering around with cars and keeping his motorcycle ("The Old Iron Horse") in showroom condition and riding it along the coast in summer. Attending local blues and music festivals were among his favorite pastimes and he never missed a Yankee Homecoming parade. He'd often go out "just bumping around" knowing he'd soon run into an old friend or find a new one to start up a conversation with. He also enjoyed skiing with his kids and was known to take a tumble off the end of the chairlift, laughing at himself after. Most of all, Ellis loved life, his family and his work.
Ellis came to Boston as a young man and worked first for the Hood Rubber Company and then BF Goodrich as a mechanic. He found his true calling as a Journeyman Lineman for Massachusetts Electric/National Grid and happily remained there for 30 years. After his retirement from National Grid he "wasn't ready for a rocking chair "and continued to work as a contractor. He was never happier than when there was a nor'easter or high winds in the forecast because for him it meant another chance to hit the road and go "hanging and banging with the boys". He enjoyed every minute of traveling with his crew throughout New England, New York, Canada, and beyond, and took great satisfaction in restoring power to someone's home after a storm. He was a proud member of IBEW (Locals 326 & 104) for over 45 years, and finally "hung up his hooks" in October 2018.
Ellis is survived by his children Sheryl, Mark, Maria and Jason; grandchildren Cody, Dustyn, Sarrah and Karys; former wife Milly Sanford; daughter-in-law Tracey; brother Wayne, sisters Claudia, Marjean, Avadean, and Evelyn as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Oliver; and sisters Dorothy and Carlotta.

Calling hours will be held at Rogers Funeral Home, 2 Hillside Avenue, Amesbury, MA, on Thursday, May 9, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ellis' memory to Sweet Paws Rescue, P.O. Box 752, Essex MA 01929, or to the charity of your choice.
Published on May 8, 2019
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Maria Robertson-Pratt
May 13, 2019
Uncle Ellis you will be missed. I will always remember when you and the family would come on the long road trip from Massachusetts to NC to see Grandma May and my Ma, your big sister Dot and to attend the Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow. Rest in heavenly peace . May you and my Ma now have those Sunday morning chats and good time up in heaven with the rest of our Wilkins and Richardson ancestors. To my cousins Jason, Maria, Mark and Sharyl and Aunt Milly , stay strong, hold on to those wonderful memories. Trust in the Lord and He will give you peace and understanding as you go through this difficult time. Sincerely, Maria , great-niece
Belinda Arrington
May 13, 2019
Will miss our Sunday morning chats that I started with you to continued the tradition you had with my Mom after her passing. Even during our travels, wherever you were and wherever I was, we made contact and before we ended our conversation, we would raise our glass or coffee cup to each other toward the sun. I will continue to toast you. Love you and love your family.
May 09, 2019
I was a close friend of Elly's for many years when I lived in Newburyport, and he was always kind, considerate, and respectful of everyone. A true gentleman who cared and had your back.

I'm sorry to learn of his passing. I send my heart-felt sympathies to his family.
Until, and God bless...
Frank Gaiero
May 09, 2019
My dear friend for many years. See you on th flip-flop Elly. God bless.
May 09, 2019
I only knew him from Sunday nights at the Grog and we shared a few dances together over the years. He was always kind and joyful and you could just tell he was an old-school gentleman. My deepest sympathies to his friends and family.
May 08, 2019
I'll always remember you enjoying the music at Sunday night Blues Party at The Grog! Rest easy
Judy and Chris Giannone
May 08, 2019
We are very sorry for your sudden loss. Ellis was a remarkable man who would help anyone in need. He loved his family and his bike. It was so funny to watch him converse with Aspen, and Aspen back at him. Ellis ended his conversations with either "Have a Blessed day" or "Until". So heres to you Ellis "Until". God bless your family.
Parker C Wheeler
May 08, 2019
Elly was always a welcome sight at our Sunday night music party. I shall miss our little acknowledgement to each other, it was a reassurance that the night was going to be OK.
My condolences and love to Elly's family and friends.
Fred Zackon
May 08, 2019
I only knew “Elly” as a welcome regular, and a friendly presence Sunday nights downstairs at the Grog. He rarely spoke about himself, but on the few occasions I got him to open up he expressed an energy and joy that could only come of many many wonderful years. He was a gentleman, kind and dignified. I am very grateful to have known him. To his family and close friends I extend my sympathies.
Kyla Sandberg
May 08, 2019
My sincere sympathy to the family whom he loved dearly.
Elly was a good friend for many years. He had a heart of gold.