Jeff Dixon 78, died of a serious illness in his Hancock home on Sunday, January 11, 2015. He was born on June 13, 1936 in Providence, RI. ” Dix”, as he was fondly known, graduated from William and Mary and went into the Army as a Second Lt. Upon completing his service, he then went to work for Shell Oil Co in Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, formerly Carol Bunch, had two children Travis and Cheryl. He spent a lot of time with his children and taught them how to enjoy the outdoors. He remembers fondly teaching them to ski in Vermont and water ski where they spent many fun summers running slalom courses in Connecticut. His favorite hobbies were racquet ball and parachuting.
In the 1970’s and 1980’s Jeff built a business as an insurance tax and business planner in Ct, NY. and VT. He and his young family moved to Rutland, Vermont so that his children could pursue their interest in ski racing. While in VT. Jeff simultaneously operated a flight school and enjoyed flying ultra light aircraft and skiing with his young family.
In 1993 Jeff married his second wife Marsha (Fletcher) Wilson, and moved to Keene, NH. where they enjoyed many family outings skiing, hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities with their children and grandchildren. Marsha and Jeff also spent a great deal of time sailing and power boating on Long Island Sound where they managed to see all the ports from West Point to the Elizabeth Islands. Jeff’s interest in photography is well known in the Monadnock area where he taught photography lessons. His art work is displayed in various locations locally. Jeff’s interest in photography began in 1961 when he became a Sport Parachutist. Over 15 years he amassed over 1800 free fall descents and began to develop air-to-air photography using helmet mounted 35 mm equipment. His interest in nature photography was a natural progression over the years and together with his wife Marsha they traveled to many spectacular sites in the world. Since 2008 Jeff has enjoyed flying remote control airplanes with his many special friends in the Keene area.
He is survived by: Marsha Dixon, his wife, Curt Dixon, brother, Travis Dixon, son, Angelica Dixon daughter in law, Kirsten Karpawich, step daughter, Paul Karpawich, step son-in-law , Fletcher Wilson, step son, Holly Wilson, step daughter-in-law and his grandchildren Blair and Cameron Dixon, Max and Alex Karpawich, Keenan, Reid and Laramie Wilson, and Logan and Parker Watson. Dix/ Pop Pop will be missed by one and all for his love and joyous outings, sense of humor, and his amazing spirit and courage when facing the passage of his life.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 2pn. At the First congregational Church in the Vestry, 47 Main St. Hancock, NH. 03449. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to: Stillpoint Foundation, Warrior/Mentor Program, 22 Stillpoint Lane, Walpole, NH. 03608 in honor of disabled veterans. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH. 0343. www.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com