Richard Wilkins passed away peacefully at his home in Saco, Maine on October 8th, 2021 at the age of 58. Richard was born on December 5th, 1962 in Sanford, to Richard L. Wilkins and Helen B. Wilkins. He graduated from Sanford High School and obtained his teaching degree from The University of New Hampshire. He married his soul mate, Christine L. Wilkins in 1992. They had one daughter, Autumn E. Wilkins in their amazing 29 years together.
Richard was in his 33rd year of teaching Physical Education and Health in the Sanford School District. He spent the majority of his teaching years at Margaret Chase Smith School, and also taught at Sanford High School. He was a dedicated football coach at Sanford High School for 32 years.
Richard was predeceased by his father Richard L. Wilkins and mother Helen B. Wilkins. He is survived by his wife Christine L. Wilkins, daughter Autumn E. Wilkins and her husband Joshua J. Patnaude, his brother Robert Wilkins, and niece Jessica Wilkins.
As a teacher and coach, Richard was a great role model and had a profound impact on many students in the Sanford community. Richard was known to be a loyal friend to many and always knew what to say in the right moments. As a husband and father, Richard was devoted to family and had an irreplaceable bond with both his wife and daughter.
Richard loved to go north on weekends to spend time with family and friends to ski, fly-fish, and mountain bike. He always worked hard to play hard and lived life to the fullest.
In lieu of flowers, he would be honored if you donate in his memory to a cause that he and his daughter volunteered as fly fishing instructors for 8 years, Casting for Recovery Maine.
Visiting hours for Richard will be held on Friday, October 15th from 3 to 7 PM at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale. A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, October 16th at Noon at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale.
Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.
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