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George Aitcheson Dickie

1929-2014 George Aitcheson Dickie a lifelong resident of Orchard Road died peacefully at the Center for Living and Rehabilitation on February 1, 2014. He was born In Bennington on November 5, 1929, the son of the late Henry and Dorothy (Sweet) Dickie. After graduating from Bennington High School he served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. At the conclusion of the war he remained active in the Guard for over 35 years and was well respected and liked by Guardsmen from every area of the state. On January 22, 1951 he married Dorothy Cross. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before her death in 2011. George was a devoted father to his five children and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with them, his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Whether he was hunting with his sons at Merck Forest or watching a Yankees game or a football game on TV he was content to spend his time with his family. He and his wife traveled throughout the south with their RV and vacationed often with family members. George and Dorothy spent time every summer at Lake Dunmore where they made many life long friends over the years and participated in activities in the RV campgrounds. George was a talented carpenter and enjoyed spending time in his workshop. The son of a librarian, he was an avid reader sometimes reading a book a day. His sense of humor was unbeatable. He always had a quick response to anything you could throw at him. He loved and appreciated everything his family did for him and always ended every visit with a sincere "thanks for coming." He was the best example to his family and friends of how a man should live his life. He was independent, clear thinking to the end, quick witted, and humorous. Despite the three different types of cancer that he dealt with and his inability to walk during the last years of his life, he continued to live independently until the end with great courage, strength of character and dignity. A hard worker and a man of integrity, George was employed at a variety of places in Bennington including Burgess Brothers, Henry M Tuttle Company, Merrill Transport and Sibley Manufacturing. He is survived by three sons , George "Gary" Dickie and his wife Patti Jean of Bennington, Scott E. Dickie and his wife Melinda of North Bennington and Jeffrey Dickie and his wife Julie of Grand Isle, Vt; two daughters, Norma Therriault and her husband Stephen of Bennington and Patricia Frechette and her husband Thomas of Williston; 10 grandchildren as well as eight great-grandchildren. He leaves a brother, Edwin "Bud" Dickie of Shaftsbury, DeeAnne Gauthier (Wayne) of Utica, N.Y., Shirley Kipp (Earl) of Bennington and Catharine McHugh (Robert) of Newtonville, N.Y. and many nieces and nephews. At George's request private committal services will be held at the convenience of the family. Should friends desire memorial contributions in George A. Dickie's memory may be made to either the Vermont Chapter of the American Canser Society or the Bennington Rescue Squad through the office of the MAHAR SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St. Bennington, Vt. 05201. Guestbook condolences may be made at www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net.



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Published in Bennington Banner on Feb. 4, 2014
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