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Charles Wilkey

November 1, 1945 — February 17, 2024

North Brunswick

Charles G. Wilkey, who lived to serve his family, friends, and community, passed away at home on Saturday, February 17th, 2024, at the age of 78. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, on November 1st, 1945, All Saints Day, His life of service began when he entered the United States Navy on January 22nd, 1963. He served as an Engineman, achieving the rank of EN3, and was released from active duty on January 21st, 1969. Not even three months later, he married JoAnn Barcia, his wife of 56 years. They eventually bought a house in Rosedale, Queens, where they became parents to their only son, John Charles Wilkey. In December of 1983, he moved his family, including his mother-in-law Natalie Barcia, to North Brunswick, NJ, which he called home for the next 40 years. During this time, his service would extend to the greater community, while remaining fiercely committed to his family at home. 


There was nothing Charles put his mind to that he didn’t excel at. Professionally, he retired from a thirty-year career as a Certified Public Accountant in 2011. After moving to North Brunswick, he would serve as both coach and umpire in its Little League organization. He was Treasurer of the Italian-American Social Club, where he helped organize the Carnevale Italiano since its inception. His parish was Our Lady of Peace, where he would serve as lector, usher and volunteer wherever help was needed. His commitment to his church would eventually lead to his induction into the Knights of Columbus, an organization that allowed him to deepen his faith, serve his beloved church, and give back to the greater community.


Charles set an example for many, especially his son, John. He would often say “Son, if you love it, I love it.” He was not just a supportive father, he was involved. He could have supported John as he worked towards his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, but he became a student himself and reached the rank of brown belt. Not only would he turn up in work clothes at high school cross country meets and cheer his son on from the bleachers; he would end up invited to sit with the team at an informal awards dinner where he would receive the trophy for Most Dedicated Parent. He was also the president of Bishop Ahr High School’s  Father’s Club, where he ran its annual bazaar, among other events. More than anything, he enjoyed father/son pastimes, from Sunday season tickets to Phillies games to attending concerts featuring everyone from BB King to U2.


Towards the end of his life, after numerous health challenges and two hospital stays, his wife, JoAnn, truly defied all odds as his life partner and caregiver. As husband and wife, they honored their vows, especially “until death do us part.” Now, his soul will rest in peace, as his beloved wife, JoAnn, can rest peacefully, knowing that she did all that she could for her husband, Charles.

Charles is survived by his beloved wife JoAnn and devoted son John, as well as his cherished daughter-in-law Maggie. He is also survived by his sister, Alice Felton, and sister-in-law, Margaret Wilkey. Charles is predeceased by his father, Wilmer Wilkey, mother Vincentia Wilkey, brother William Wilkey, and beloved uncle, Charles McCain.


Graveside service will be held on Friday February 23rd at 2:30pm at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery. You may sign the online guest book www.crabiel.com.

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Friday, February 23, 2024

11:30am - 12:30 pm (Eastern time)

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Friday, February 23, 2024

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Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery

350 Province Line Rd, Wrightstown, NJ 08562

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