Roy Wilkinson was born in 1929 and attended Boston Grammar School where he gained his School Certificate. He then went to work as a Quantity Surveyor for Hedley Mobbs during the day and studied during evenings and weekends to obtain his professional qualifications before finally becoming a Chartered member of the RICS.
Roy married Mary Murphy in 1954 and they moved to Hull as Roy was then working for Hull Council. A few months after their first of four children was born, Roy was appointed Chief Quantity Surveyor for Middlesbrough Council and he and Mary moved up to Middlesbrough. His final appointment was as chief Quantity Surveyor for Cleveland County Council from which position he retired over 30 years ago.
Roy had many, many hobbies during his life, including Competitive Swimming and Diving for which he trained at Boston Baths! He had a very active retirement. Amongst numerous other things, he attended night-school to brush up on his Boston Grammar School German before travelling extensively in Germany. He sustained an interest in technology, using a smartphone, an iPad and a laptop until just a few weeks before, aged 85, he died peacefully at home in Guisborough with Mary.