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Richard Conrad Dickerson

3/4/2020

Richard Conrad Dickerson passed away on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was 81 years old.

Born April 13, 1938 in Bloomingdale, Michigan to Virginia Maxine (nee Foster) and Richard Malcolm.  He proudly served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

Richard was a science teacher for West Milford Township School District in New Jersey.  He was a lifetime member alumni of Western Michigan University.

A lifetime learner, Richard earned an Associate’s degree in Pharmacology while in the Navy. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Earth Science, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Geology at Western Michigan University.  Richard earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Supervision and Administration from William Paterson University.  He was also a painter and inventor.  Richard loved to travel.  With his friends and partners, he completed 57 cruises after retirement in 1993. Living on South Street in the village of Warwick, NY since 1980, he knew everyone in town, brought gifts to elderly shut-ins, and so much more on his daily morning walks through the village. Everyone who knew Richard, loved him.  Richard’s hands were never idle.  If he wasn’t doing an indoor home improvement, he was creating props or costumes, sewing curtains, feeding birds, completing the NY Times crossword puzzle or playing poker.  He contributed regularly to the Warwick Humane Society. Richard was a regular contributor at the Episcopal Church Thrift Store for many years, but his true passion was spending time with his grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his daughters, Holly Dickerson and her husband Steven Andresen of New City, NY and Jennifer Peterson and her husband Bruce of Warwick, NY; sister Sandra Dickerson and niece Tammy Miller of Tucson, AZ;   grandchildren: Stephen Peterson and his wife Sophie, Aaron Peterson, Daniel Peterson, Margaret Andresen, Katherine Andresen; great-grandchildren, Patrick Naughton and Kenneth Peterson; and life partners, Girard Fritz and Terry Sandford. Richard’s extended family also included Terry’s mother, Elizabeth and his four brothers and sisters who loved Richard dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dickerson Family Memorial Fund, a library endowment fund established for Richard’s hometown library. Make checks payable to: Van Buren District Library – 200 N. Phelps Street, Decatur, MI.  49045.

Memorial Visitation will be from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Avenue, Warwick, NY.  The family has planned a private memorial in Richard’s memory. 

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I met Richard on the SUNY Orange theater trip to Ireland in 2005 and remember him as being a spark of humor and energy for the group. And on the way to catch the bus to NYC for a show, their house was always open and welcoming. My condolences on your loss of Richard.
Diane Bliss
3/9/2020
I said good bye to Richard when I moved away 20 years ago. But I never forgot the kind and knowledgeable person who was there for each of us at our time of need. Rest in peace my good friend.
Paul Allaire
3/7/2020
My deepest condolences to all of (Richards) as I knew him Beezer’s family and friends. Love to all of you.
Tish Stone
3/6/2020
Good night, sweet Prince. Heaven is about to get a makeover. Much love to all of Richard’s family.
Debra Weber
3/6/2020
Richard was one of my family's favorite teachers in West Milford Middle School. My sons loved his science classes and benefited from his teachings. I have many wonderful memories of working with Richard. There is one that comes to mind that always reminds me of him at Chrmastmas; the origami bird ornament that still hangs on my tree each Christmas. My heartfelt sympathy to his family and many friends, Ann Marie Grilk
Ann Marie Grilk
3/6/2020
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