OBITUARY (UPDATED): Richard P. Wilk, diocesan building consultant; Memorial Mass March 3
GREENFIELD – Richard P. Wilk, 65, of Greenfield, and a former longtime resident of the Fairview section of Chicopee, died on Feb. 4 at home.
He was born in Holyoke on Feb. 6, 1948, the son of the late Peter J. and Lillian B. (Cote) Wilk. He was raised in the Fairview section of Chicopee, graduated in 1965 from Chicopee Comprehensive High School and lived in the city for many years before moving to Greenfield.
He attended Lowell Technical University in Lowell, Mass., and previously was employed as the senior project manager at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. He later was project manager at Architects, Inc., in Northampton, where he was in charge of various construction projects including schools, libraries, police and fire stations, as well as hospital construction. He also was involved with the plans and specifications for the demolition of the Hotel Charles and cost estimating for the relocation of properties on the site of the Basketball Hall of Fame, both in Springfield.
In 1998, he established and was the owner and president of the Consulting Management Group (CMG) in the Fairview section of Chicopee, which he operated until his death. As a consultant for CMG, he served clients, including the Diocese of Springfield, where he served as the diocesan building consultant overseeing various projects in western Massachusetts, including Holyoke Catholic High School, the new churches of Immaculate Conception Parish in Holyoke and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Westfield, as well as St. Michael’s Academy and Cathedral High School, both in Springfield.
“He will be very, very missed,” said Father John E. Connors, pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Northampton. Father Connors estimates that he attended more than 128 meetings with Wilk and describes the building consultant as “very reliable, very helpful.”
“And he had a heart of gold,” Father Connors said. He said that, in addition to Wilk’s technical advice and expertise, he helped parishes manage consultants and offered insight and guidance to parish building commissions, as well as helping to troubleshoot building-related problems.
Father J. Donald Lapointe, chairman of the Diocesan Building Commission, praised Wilk's professionalism and courteousness. "He always returned calls, worked well with everyone and was very professional," Father Lapointe said. "He was a great, great help to the Building Commission because of his knowledge, understanding and ability to get things done."
Wilk also was a consultant for the City of Springfield, the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), and the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA).
He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Thomas J. Wilk of the United States Army, who was killed in action in Vietnam on June 13, 1969. He leaves many cousins and friends.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, March 3, at 12:10 p.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 254 State St., Springfield. His burial will be held at a later date at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, 800 Montgomery St., Chicopee.