Everett Carlton Dickinson Jr. passed away on November 30, 2017 at the age of 88. Having enjoyed a relatively healthy life, he succumbed to one of the culminating effects of dementia, aspiration pneumonia, after a brief hospital stay.
Born an only child to Everett Dickinson Sr. and his wife Irene (formerly Weber) on June 26, 1929, he lived his entire life in Rockville, except for recently having moved to VT to be closer to his two daughters.
He graduated from Rockville High and spent the majority of his working career at the Rockville Post Office. Other jobs included stints at factories and the old Plastifoam Company.
Everett married Doris Caouette from Southbridge, MA on April 16, 1955 and is survived by his three children, Irene, Jeanne, and Paul, five grandchildren (Frederick, Spencer, Heather, Samuel, and Bailey), and one great-grandchild (Cadence).
Prior to meeting Doris, Everett joined the army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Japan for almost two years and came home when the war ended.
“Duke” enjoyed a lifetime of fishing and hunting. Learning the skills from his mother’s brothers, he could fly fish with the best of them. For years he made his own flies and could pull a fish out of holes where others thought there weren’t any. He was equally gifted when it came to bird and rabbit hunting. Everett belonged to the Rockville Fishing and Game Club and the Manchester Fox and Coon Club. He absolutely loved pheasant hunting and made Pheasant Cacciatore with the birds he brought home. Rabbits were marinated in a brine and became the German dish Hasenpfeffer. He spent many enjoyable afternoons at the clubs, playing cards and swapping stories. His son Paul often went skeet shooting with him, and the two earned many trophies. When a mild stroke affected his ability to shoot right-handed, he taught himself to shoot left-handed, with equal accuracy.
Everett’s second love in life, besides his wife, was time spent with his dogs. He had numerous hunting dogs over the years—beagles, Springer spaniels, English setters, and pointers. Peanuts, Snoopy, Brandy, and Lucky were dear to his heart.
Dad’s good eye and hand coordination also benefited him when playing horseshoes and ping-pong. He was the eastern CT regional champ in ping-pong one year, and earned numerous trophies in horseshoe tournaments.
Everett was also an avid gardener. Every summer numerous tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, rhubarb, etc. were produced from his well-kept home garden and some years from a community garden as well. Doris made tomato sauce that was enjoyed during the winter. He was extremely proud of his blueberry bushes. Ma made lots of pies for the freezer, and dad gave a lot away to his neighbors.
Winter past-times included photographing birds at his bird feeders. Heaven help the blue jays or starlings that tried to take more than their fair share! When cardinals returned to raise young each summer, he was quite pleased.
Black and white TV just came out when he was young, and he preferred the good old fashioned shows like “Gunsmoke,” other westerns, and combat films. Of course the nightly news with Walter Cronkite was a ritual.
A man of few words, he steadfastly met his responsibilities and priorities in life. He will be missed by his wife Doris of 62 years, his family, and friends.
Relatives and friends may join the family on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 from 2-4 pm at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect st, Rockville. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 10:00 am. at St. Bernard's Church, Rockville, CT. Burial will follow at St. Bernard Cemetery. For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com