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Jane, I am so sorry to read of Jack's passing. He was such a great husband, father and gentleman. I know you all will miss him dearly
Jack was a cherished friend for over 60 years. We went to college together and were fraternity brothers. Jack was a solid friend and taught me his love of competitive cycling. We shared many interests and the time Jack and his wife Janie spent with my wife ( Susan) and me were always lively and fun. We will miss him tremendously and hope that he is resting peacefully.
John Howard Dickison
Jack passed away after a brief illness surrounded by family. Born in Nashville, he grew up in Fayetteville, NY and graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont. While attending college he met the love of his life, Jane. They were married for 55 years. Jack served in the Army and was stationed at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska for two years.
While raising his family in Milton, MA he worked in telecommunications as a district manager for New England Telephone, as an Information Technology consultant, and most recently as a Church Administrator for the First Congregational Church of Milton. While living in the Boston area, Jack could often be found riding his bike, supporting his daughters in their many activities and enjoying a nice glass of wine.
Jack left New England for sunny Florida in 2006. He was a very active member of the greater Fernandina Beach community. During his time living on the Island he was President of the Amelia Park Neighborhood Association, Vice-Commander of the Fernandina Police Auxiliary Corps, a USO airport volunteer, a volunteer tax preparer, a 10-year Marshall for the The Players Championship and elder of First Presbyterian Church. Jack never played a musical instrument but truly enjoyed all types of music; classical in particular. He served on the Board of The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and was a past President and current Treasurer of ARIAS. He and Jane loved to travel extensively, walk together to the Y in the mornings and spend time with their cats.
He is preceded in death by parents H. Leo Dickison and Billie Hicks Dickison and brother H. Wayne Dickison.
He is survived by wife Jane Mahlmann Dickison of Fernandina Beach, FL, daughters Carrie Dickison Jurus (Derek Jurus) of Bedford, NH and Nancy Dickison (Bonnie Palzer) of Portland, OR. Granddaughters Annabelle and Louisa Jurus. Sister-in-law Frederica Mahlmann of Waitsfield, VT. Niece Sara Dickison Taylor of Hingham, MA and nephew Matthew Dickison of Avon, CT.
Jack never hesitated to spark up conversations with anyone he encountered. We will miss his stories, humor, and 'extemporaneous quips'.
A memorial service will be held Friday October 6 at 11 am at the First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach.
Rather than flowers donations in his memory can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach or Amelia Residents In Action for the Symphony (ARIAS), P. O. Box 16203, Fernandina Beach, Florida 32035.