Richard “Dick” Alan Dickinson, 95, a long time resident of Richmond and formerly of Merrimack died on Friday, March 11, 2016 in the comfort of his home with the love of his family near. He passed peacefully after a brief period of decline.
Richard was born the son of the late Faith (Martin) and Harold J. Dickinson on July 6, 1922 in Boston, MA. He attended schools locally and graduated from Thayer High School in Winchester class of 1941. After high school he became an entrepreneur running a local dairy farm.
Soon after high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He went to Boot Camp at Fort Sampson, N.Y. His first duty station brought him to Clearfield, UT. where he was a supply clerk. Later he was transferred to Hawthorne, NV. to be the supply clerk for the ammunitions supply base. He was honorably discharged on June 19, 1945 at the rank of Petty Officer Second ClassE5.
After the war he returned to New Hampshire and accepted a position with the Fish and Game Department working at the Fish Rearing Station in Richmond. He later transferred to the Merrimack office.
While in Merrimack he met Alice Morrill a local school teacher. On July 25, 1953 they exchanged vows at the Presbyterian Church in Litchfield. They have been happily married for sixty two years.
In 1953 Dick started his own business: Dickinsons Lawn and Garden Power Equipment, Sales and Service in Merrimack. After thirty five years in business her retired and returned to his old home in Richmond.
While in Merrimack Dick joined the Thornton Grange and remains a member of the Londonderry Grange today. He became a member of the Benevolent Lodge of Masons in Milford and received his 60th. year certificate in 2012. Later he joined the Bahtash Shrine of New Hampshire. He was a lover and owner of two teams of ponies and a Morgan Mare. For several years he enjoyed membership in the Aleppo Shrine of Boston, MA. Where he was a member of the Mounted Patrol, driving his team of ponies in many summer parades raising funds for the Shriner Childrens Hospitals. After returning to Richmond Dick joined the Jerusalem Lodge of Masons in Keene. He was a long time member of the Richmond Community United Methodist Church and a member of the Richmond Historical Society and Cheshire County YMCA.
Mr. Dickinson is survived by his wife, Alice M. Dickinson of Richmond. Sister in-laws; Christine Crowning, Candace Hale and Elizabeth Dickinson. He also leaves cousins, several nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
A calling hour will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 1 to 2pm. with a celebration of life service to follow all in the Richmond Community United Methodist Church, 11 Fitzwilliam Rd. Richmond, NH. 03470. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Richard A. Dickinson to: American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA. 02241-7005 or to: Shriners Hospitals for Children, 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA. 02114. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 South Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446. WWW.cheshirefamilyfh.com.