Atwood E. “Dick” Dickson

September 18th, 2012

Atwood E. “Dick” Dickson, III, age 51, of Wilmington, died peacefully on Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, surrounded by his family whom he loved more than anything.  Born on September 22, 1960 in Malden, MA, Dick was the son of Gail E. (Bridgham) Dickson and Atwood E. Dickson, Jr.

He was raised in Wilmington and attended the Wilmington Public Schools.  In 1977, at the age of 16, Dick was injured in a car accident and became a quadriplegic.  He went on to graduate from high school in 1980 and soon after, met Judy, who was the love of his life.  They were married in 1983 and throughout their years together, they traveled often to many different parts of the country, including living for a time in Honolulu, HI, Tempe, AZ, and Charlottesville, VA, before finally returning to Massachusetts in 1990 to be closer to family.  They lived in Salem for 17 years before moving back to Dick’s hometown of Wilmington in 2008.

Dick enjoyed playing chess, watching Westerns and listening to music, especially Bob Dylan who he and Judy saw in concert over a dozen times.  He had a love of knowledge and took many college and graduate classes at ASU, UVA and Harvard among other schools.  Dick was an incredible person and everyone who knew him described him as courageous and positive with and exuberance for living life to the fullest.  Dick’s greatest joy was his family, who he spent as much time with as he could.

In addition to his beloved wife of over 29 years, Judy (Mitchell) Dickson, Dick leaves his loving parents Gail E. Dickson of Wilmington and Atwood E. Dickson, Jr. of Lexington; his brothers, to whom he was very close, William R. Dickson and his wife Kelley of Dracut and Steven P. Dickson and his wife Christine of Wilmington; and his loving sister-in-law Sandra L. Rossman and her husband Todd of West Springfield.  He also leaves the “lights of his life”, his nieces and nephews, Michelle, William, Jr., Drew, Steven, Jr., Katelyn, Madison and Andrew.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, September 20, at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rt. 62), Wilmington, from 4-8 p.m. Family and friends will gather for a funeral service for Dick will be held on Friday, September 21, at the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., (Rt. 62), Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Dick’s name can be made to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, 1095 NW 14th Terrace, Lois Pope LIFE Center, Miami, FL  33136 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA  01104.


24 Entries in Guest Book for “Atwood E. “Dick” Dickson”

  1. Dennis L. Green says:

    My deepest sorrow goes out for your loss.

  2. Nelson Vazquez says:

    My deepest condolences to Judy and the rest of Dick’s family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Sherry Smith says:

    Judy. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that he is not gone. He is just away and you will see him again one day. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and Dick’s family.

  4. Swapan Rahman says:

    Judy, I am so sorry for your loss. No word can be said to heal the pain you and your family must be feeling. I know you have great memories of your life together. I hope you and your family take a moment to reflect and cherish the loving memories of Dick. Please accept and convey my deepest condolences to the family. My thoughts are with you and your dear ones in this difficult moment.

  5. Will Evans says:

    Judy, I am terribly sorry for your and your family’s loss.

  6. Katie Jo says:

    Sorry for your loss…
    ? They needed an angel, they took the best, free from pain, now he can rest, RIP Dick you are missed already…?

  7. Angela Zaro says:

    Judy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  8. Dolore Finlay says:

    Judy, Sorry for your lost.

  9. Mary Alice Pollard says:

    Thank you for seeing that Dick’s obituary was posted here on this site Judy. We are so very sorry for your loss. Dick lived a very good life with you and with his loved family. We are so pleased he was able to make the picnic at the end of May. My grandchildren will cherish the memories they have of Dick. Many years ago when they were little I remember him heading for the library with Elaine on the back of the wheelchair, someone else on his lap and the others walking beside him. Take care of yourself. Love Mary Alice

  10. Mark McEwen says:

    Judy, I’m so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Joe Conlon says:

    Judy, I am sorry for your loss. I met Dick in Pittsburgh years ago and remember him as a great conversationalist. Dick had a great appreciation and knowledge of classic poetry, literature and its contextual influence through history and the great music, and ballads of our time.

  12. Gail Sherman says:

    Judy, so sorry for your loss. Hold on to all the wonderful memories.

  13. Mary Ellen O'Reilly says:

    I am very sad to hear this. Dickie and I were great friends in high school, and sadly, I lost touch with him after I graduated. He was a great kid and really funny, and I have very fond memories. Your family is in my thoughts.

  14. Kim Knoll says:

    Judy and family, may loving memories lighten the pain and sorrow you must be feeling at this time. My sincerest condolences to all whom Dick loved and to those that loved him.

  15. Stephen Ashness says:

    Judy, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss as are all your friends at Liberty. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  16. Laura Trull says:

    Judy, I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

  17. Kristin Sugrue says:

    Judy (and and the entire Dickson clan) My heart goes out to you with the loss of such a great man. His personality filled the room and we could always count on him for a laugh or a random bit of trivia. May the memories of the laughter he brought you outnumber the enormous amount of tears shed by those he’s left behind. May he hurt no more. Love to you all.

  18. Peter Bagdon says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort in knowing Dick is free from pain. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Pete, Jen, Ashley, & Mackenzie.

  19. Diane Friedermann says:

    Judy, I am very sad over our loss of Dick. It was a shock to your old friend in AZ. I’ll always remember him with fond memories, and with a smile on his face. My deepest sympathy. Love, Diane and family.

  20. Cathy (Smith) Barrett says:

    Judy and entire Dickson clan: We are so sorry for your loss. We were neighbors of the Dickson family in Wilmington and remember Dick was always smiling and happy no matter what. He had an incredible appreciation for life and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Smith Family

  21. Tom Brosnan says:

    Judy, I’m sorry to hear about your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Tom

  22. Tom Stewart says:

    I remember ‘Dickie’ from all the way back in the days as classmates in the Boutwell School and right through WHS. He was always a great person, lots of fun and with a very contagious smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

  23. Cindy Crist says:

    Judy, Bob and I are so sorry for your loss!! I know your heart is hurting so much right now! It is so hard to lose the ones we love most. We will forever remember Dick for his awesome smile,kind heart, and quick wit! You, your family, and Dick’s family are in our thoughts and prayers!!

  24. Nancy Liberacki Jensen says:

    Mrs. Dickson,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your son, Dickie. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Billy, Steven and his wife during this time.

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