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Ronald Dickens

Ronald Eugene Dickens

Thursday, November 23rd, 1944 - Friday, December 11th, 2020
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Obituary

On December 11, 2020, Ronald E. Dickens passed away peacefully after a fearless battle with cancer. He was born November 23, 1944 to Geneva Holmes and John Dickens in St Louis Missouri.

Ron was a trail blazer. He chose to attend one of the very first integrated high schools in St. Louis, MO in the 1950s. This came with many challenges, but he maintained very good grades, and was able to attend junior college. Ron has fearlessly spoken out for racial equality throughout his life.

Ron had a passion for learning. He was always watching the news and informational and historical shows on TV, when he wasn't watching Law and Order. Ron loved airplanes. He was often either building model airplanes or watching the airplanes take off at the Burlington airport.

Ron worked in the nuclear physics lab at the University of Washington in Seattle where he met Diane Pierce at the famous Blue Moon Tavern. Ron and Diane shared many years together, and joyously brought their daughter Zoe into the world.

Ron met Cathy Cross in Martha's kitchen of St Albans, where she generously offered him a place to stay for the winter, they have been in love ever since.

He was known as Dr. Ron on his favorite park bench in St Albans. People would come, sit on the bench, and tell him their troubles. Ron was always gushing about how proud he was of his daughter.

Ron was especially proud to protest alongside his daughter Zoe in spirit this summer in the Black Lives Matter protests.

Ron is preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Holmes, and his father, John Dickens. He is survived by his girlfriend, Cathy Cross, the mother of his daughter, Diane Pierce, and his daughter, Zoe Pierce-Dickens.

Due to COVID 19 no services have been scheduled at this time. Those who are able are welcome make donations in his name to any of the organizations listed. The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute https://www.flhinstitute.org/donate Philadelphia Bail Fund: https://www.phillybailfund.org/

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Cathy Cross

Posted at 06:23am
Zoe, I am heartbroken, that your dad has passed away. I remember him saying,
" Everyday is a gift". And he's right. Everyday is definitely a gift! And like Kenton,
I thought your dad would be around forever. Zoe, your dad had a great life here in Vermont, and if I listen to my heart, I'll hear his laughter once more.
I remember all the times we went to the Burlington Airport, to watch the planes take off and come in. And if we were really lucky, we got to see "the Green Mountain Boys". You really loved seeing them! Going to Goodwill, and yard sales were out favorite places to buy things, and you loved to "upgrade" your things!
I'm only yours. Ron, I'll love you forever!
KP

Kenton Pierce

Posted at 01:06am
Zoe, so sad, I always considered Ron was immortal~ He was a Great and Good comrade and a Blessing to our family as he cared for Eldbridge and Winifred who he loved dearly, which he spoke about often~ Ron and I had some interesting and enjoyable adventures in and around Seattle~ I remember going up to Northwest Hospital when you were born and Ron was in the air with happiness in all "spheres"~ When I was on the boat out here in Port Townsend, he and I would have long free conversations over Skype~ Ron and I had a special bond~ We all are at loss~
AH

A W Rich Funeral Home

Posted at 07:38pm
The entire staff of A W Rich Funeral Homes wishes to express our deepest sympathy to you and your entire family during this difficult time.
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