Dickinson, Richard

April 25th, 2010

Richard P. “Dick” Dickinson, age 77, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston following a lengthy illness.

Born in Woburn, MA on February 20, 1933, Dick was the dear son of the late Edward and Claire (Garland) Dickinson. He grew up in Wilmington and was a graduate of Keith Academy High School in Lowell. Prior to retiring, Dick worked for Bank of Boston for over 45 years. In his spare time, Dick loved to ski, golf, tend to his garden, and travel, especially to Ireland with family and friends.

Dick belonged to the National Guard for over 20 years, he was a member of the men’s choir at St. Dorothy’s Church and St. Thomas Church where he was also a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He actively volunteered at St. Anthony’s Shrine on Arch Street in Boston and was well respected for the hours he unselfishly devoted to many charities. Dick will be fondly remembered for his great smile, beautiful voice, endearing personality, devotion to his family and friends and for his love of Notre Dame. He will be greatly missed.

Dick was the loving and devoted husband of Catherine A. (Harrington) Dickinson with whom he would have celebrated 44 years of marriage this coming October, brother of Cynthia Murphy of Tewksbury and the late Robert Dickinson, brother-in-law of Mary Harrington of Newburyport, Margaret & Peter Neitz of Quincy, James & Margaret Harrington of Arlington, Eileen & Richard Mirra and Anne & Bernard Sullivan all of Charlestown, Dick is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and dear friends.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62) Wilmington on Thursday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 11:00 a.m. Interment Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting hours Wednesday, April 28th from 3-8 p.m.

Memorial donations in Richard’s name may be made to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116.


7 Entries in Guest Book for “Dickinson, Richard”

  1. Mary Ann Bell says:

    Dear Cathy,
    Brian told us of “Uncle Dick’s” passing. We are very saddened by this and want you to know that we are thinking of you and that you will be in our prayers. We met him at Brian and Beth’s wedding, and he was a terrific guy. We are very sorry for your loss. Bob and MaryAnn Bell

  2. kathy kindred says:

    i feel very fortunate to have met catherine and dick. they enjoyed life to the fullest. my prayers go out to you catherine. when dick walked into a room you couldnt help but to smile…

  3. Brian Bell says:

    Dear Sullivan/Harrington/Dickinson family,

    Words can’t describe how much Uncle Dick touched my life as well as my wifes. While not related by marriage or blood, I considered Uncle Dick an Uncle. I will always treasure the memories of dinners at the Dickinson house, the time spent in Ireland, the delicious pie and meatballs Dick made, and how he made everyone he encountered feel like a friend. We lost a wonderful person but God gained an Angel. We love you and will Miss you Uncle Dick.

    -Brian Bell

  4. Jeanne Sullivan Craig says:

    Dear Kay,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I have many fond memories from as long as I can remember of my Dad’s good friend, Dick. He will be missed.

  5. Dottie Dorsey says:

    Dear Catherine,
    My fond memory of Dick will always be his marvelous sense of humor.
    He was so nice and welcoming to me when I arrived on the scene so many years ago.
    We have all lost a wonderful human being. I’m sure that the gates of Heaven opened wide for him!
    Lucky you to have been married to Uncle Dick for almost 44 years!

  6. John Hogan, OFM says:

    Dear Catherine,
    I was so sorry to hear of Dick’s death. I had no idea that he had been ill for such a long time. Dick had many friends here at the Shrine. His friendly presence and sense of humor touched many people. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time of your loss.

    John Hogan, OFM

  7. John Lippiello says:

    My condolences to Catherine and all of the Dickinson family. I met Dick in 1982 when he trained me as a Lector at St. Thomas Parish. Dick was a Lector and Cantor at the church and spent a lot of time helping us improve in our ministry. With thanks and prayers to Dick.

    John Lippiello

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