Peter Wilkinson, 80, of Fairfield, died March 26 in the Carolton Convalescent Hospital.

Born Oct. 18, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Theodore "Pete" and Lois Cole Wilkinson. He later moved with his family to Bridgeport, and graduated from Unquowa School in Fairfield, 1945; Kent School, 1948; Yale University, 1952, and Harvard Law School, 1955. He married Judy Simkins on April 26, 1957, and moved to Fairfield in 1960.

He began practicing law as an associate at the law firm of Carter, Ledyard and Milburn in New York City. He later became a partner in the law firm of Marsh, Day and Calhoun, known today as Brody Wilkinson in Southport. He was selected by peers for inclusion in the 2001-02 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America." He was a member of the American, Connecticut and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and was admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court. He retired in 2003.

His civic activities included the Bridgeport Area Foundation and Bridgeport Student Ministries, and serving as president of a number of organizations, including the United Way of Southwestern Fairfield County, the Fairfield Museum and History Center and the Rotary Club of Bridgeport. He attended the United Congregational Church of Bridgeport since the 1930s, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, head deacon and moderator. He was named a life deacon in 1999. He also had been a member of the Fairfield Beach Club and the Country Club of Fairfield.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Judy; a sister Susan and her husband Arthur King of Alta, Wyo.; son Peter and his wife Rosie of Norfolk, Va., and their four children, Amy, Emily, Timothy and Tiffany, and their grandchild Connor; son Dan and his partner Bobby of Los Angeles, Calif.; son David and his wife Monika of Dedham, Mass., and their three children, John, Luke and Paul; brother-in-law Dan Simkins of Newport, Calif.; sister-in-law Peggy and her husband Jack Lipincott of Stone Mountain, Ga.; sister-in-law Sally Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, in the United Congregational Church, 877 Park Ave., Bridgeport. Burial will be private in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport. The Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Congregational Church, Bridgeport; FSW Inc., Bridgeport; Kent School, or the Fairfield Museum and History Center. For information or to sign an online guest register, visit