FRANKLIN – Elbert J. Dickinson, 85, of Franklin, died peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.
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A long-time resident of Franklin, Elbert was born on Oct. 27, 1929, in Concord, to Carolyn Robie Dickinson and Ionel Dickinson. He spent most of his childhood and youth in Bristol and Hill Center where he learned to love working on the farm and raising oxen, a hobby he enjoyed until just a few years ago. Elbert attended Franklin High School and lived on Pleasant Street in Franklin for most of his life. He was close to (and is survived by) his sisters, Pat Johnson, Doreen Powden, Beverly McKenna and Peggy Miller, and was especially happy sharing jokes with Peggy over the phone.
Elbert worked for the JP Stevens Woolen Mill in Franklin, hauled asphalt for L.M. Pike, and was employed by the Franklin Public Works Department. At one point, he delivered apples to Boston's North End in an 18-wheeler. He was a volunteer firefighter in Franklin for a short time, and worked for many years as caretaker for the Pesso estate on Webster Lake. But of all the work he did, he most enjoyed driving a snow plow for the city and working in the woods with his oxen.
When he wasn't working, Elbert was riding his motorcycle with Anne, working on his truck or in his garden, and training teams of oxen and showing and pulling them at country fairs throughout New England. As a proud owner of a covered wagon, he often participated in parades, and was once asked to transport a bride to her wedding reception. Elbert loved the company of other ox teamsters and farm folk, but he had many friends from all walks of life, and in all parts of the country.
Elbert is predeceased by his wife, Anne, and is survived by his children, Gary Dickinson and his wife, Noel of Concord, Debbie Dickinson of Barnstead, Cindy Dickinson and her partner, Rick Fournier of Charlotte, N.C. and Elbert "Buster" Dickinson and his wife, Pat, of Franklin. He leaves his beloved grandchildren, Heidi Boyer, Emily Smith, Elan Dickinson and Dan Smith; and a great-grandson, Jason Fiske. He also leaves many nieces and nephews, friends, and caregivers from Golden Crest and The Peabody home.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, Feb. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m., at H.L. Young and Company Memorial Home, 175 South Main St., Franklin.
A memorial service will be held Monday, Feb. 2, from 12 to 1 p.m. also at H.L. Young.
A private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Elbert's family welcomes contributions to The Peabody Home, 24 Peabody Place, Franklin, N.H. 03235.
H.L. Young & Company
175 South Main Street
Franklin, NH 03235
Published in The Concord Monitor on Jan. 31, 2014