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Gone, to finally rest in peace, Retired Officer Dale Dixon, of the Cocoa Police Department, passed from this life on September 8, 2011.

Born in Detroit, Michigan on February 23, 1941, he came with his parents, sister, and brothers to Florida at an early age. He graduated from Cocoa High, worked in air conditioning for awhile until he was able to join the Cocoa Police Department around 1965. Police work was his life and he honored it by his presence. He retired after 30+ years on the force, but continued to work with the Police Department after wards on many cases. Dale was one of a small group of officers who originally founded the Brevard County Police Benevolent Association (PBA), and served as President from 1976-1980.

He then moved to Tallahassee and served as Vice President of the Florida PBA from 1980-83, returning back to the Cocoa Police Department to serve out his career. Dale never stopped working for his fellow police officers, even during the last 2 years of retirement. During his career as police officer, accident investigator, vice, and detective, he worked with and trained many fellow officers who, to this day, respect and admire him for his efforts.

Dale was a devoted son and loving father and faithful friend. He is survived by his mother, Patricia E. Dixon; his three children, Craig Dixon and family, Catherine Dixon, and Clay Dixon; his brothers, Gary Dixon (wife, Susie-Detroit), Michael Dixon (St. Augustine), and sister, Judy Tonger (Palatka); and, his many nieces and nephews. Waiting for him in Heaven is his father, Edward Dixon, and his brother, Mark Dixon.

Dale will always be missed, always be loved, and never forgotten

. Memorial services will be held at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 5555 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., followed by refreshments in his honor in the Fellowship Hall. St. Lukes is located off of State Rd. 3, half way between the Barge Canal and Kennedy Space Center.

In order to honor his dedication to his fellow officers, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Dale's memory to the Florida PBA Heart Fund, 300 East Brevard Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Funeral Solutions (321-638-1373) is entrusted with final memorial arrangements.

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October 8, 2011
you always be remembered for the kind hearted person that u were to everyone who had the honor of knowing u
dawn clanton
October 7, 2011

You will forever be remembered as a good frind to our family. RIP we will miss you.
The Spaulding Family
Barry Spaulding
October 6, 2011
everyone will miss u! keep looking down on us from up above !!! connie lewis
September 19, 2011
Dad with all us kids.
Cathy Dixon
September 17, 2011
For the past 1-1/2 years my phone would ring every Friday, it was Dale, "You coming to the breakfast tomorrow, if you don't we'll talk about you..."
Dale Dixon was the spirit and energy in preserving the history of the Cocoa Police Department and bringing together a group of rag-tag retired cops. He was always concerned with the problems and well-being of others. He was a good and caring cop, and a true gentleman. He could never be replaced and will always be deeply missed! May God bless his family and friends...
Steve Dunn
September 16, 2011
Dale has been a part of my "family" since the early 50's. My thoughts are with his children and mom, RIP Dale, still love you after all these years. Wanda (Torrence) Wenner-Schultz, Rockledge FL
Wanda Wenner-Schultz
September 16, 2011
Dale and I were co-workers for many years at Cocoa Police Department. Our close friendship continued until his earthly transition. Dale's love and passion for his community will add to the splendor in heaven. Rest in peace my friend, your work here is completed.
Nathaniel Hooks
September 16, 2011
Clay and family,
Words, however kind, cannot mend your heartache. But those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you all find strength in the love of family and the warm embrace of friends.
With deepest sympathies,
John and Kerry
Kerry Deer
September 15, 2011
Sad to lose a friend of many years, rest in peace Double D
Sandi Southwick & Family
September 15, 2011
There are no words that can express the loss and grief that I feel for the man who meant the world to me. He was more than a friend and was close to my children. We will miss you Dale!!! Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Michelle Porter &Family
September 15, 2011
Dale, you were my very good friend in High School. You gave me great advise, some I took, some I didn't; but, should have. I will always miss you and love you. I pray for your family and friends.
Johnnie King
September 15, 2011
If I ever edited a dictionary, when I defined the terms – gentleman, kind, considerate and loyal – I’d simply put a picture of Dale there.

He personified everything nice about mankind.

Rest in the loving arms of The Lord my friend.
Bud Hefler
September 15, 2011
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
bernice cox
September 14, 2011
You will be missed another guardian taken say hello to Charlie, Chris and Bruce we will all see each other again
Garry Thompson
September 14, 2011
He was known for being a kind person and a gentleman. Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Clarissa Harrell
September 14, 2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Dale's family, friends, as well as his former Cocoa PD co-workers.
Back in the day, I met and served with Dale in the 345th MP Reserve Unit in Melbourne.
Tobi Baker
September 14, 2011
Dale it was always a pleasure working with you when I was employed by the Cocoa Buddy's Home Furnishings. Always did a fantastic job! So great to have known you.
Amber Aulbach
September 14, 2011
Dale was the most caring person I have ever known. I will miss him so very much. I love you Dale
September 14, 2011
You will be sadly missed! Please give Grandpa and uncle Mark a hug from me!..I will keep all of you in my prayers.Good night my sweet Uncle, Until we meet again.. I love you all forever and always...
Darlene Dixon-Bolton
September 14, 2011
His legacy will never be forgotten...he touched so many of our lives.
Susan Austin
September 14, 2011
Cathy, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was a wonderful person and an exceptional law enforcement officer. Words can't take away the pain you must be feeling, but take comfort in knowing how much he was loved and admired by so many people. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Kathryn Patterson
September 14, 2011
Thank you for all your dedication and hard work you gave to Cocoa, you will never be forgotten.
James Supinski
September 14, 2011
I had the pleasure of working together with Dale when he was a Detective with Cocoa PD. Dale was the type of Police Officer who would always be there for the victim and I am honored in working along side of him. Our Prayers and thoughts to his family on their loss of a great person.

Fernando & Janet Dominicis
Fernando Dominicis
September 14, 2011
I was married to Dale for 25 years. What kind of a man retains the love of his first wife after divorce, and the love of his children?....a very special man!! Dale was the best law enforcement officer because of his compassion for others and his loyality to his fellow police officers. Dale has left a lot of broken hearts, who will never forget him in this life. Rest in peace, my dear sweet Dale. Barbara Cox (Melbroune, FL)
September 14, 2011
Our sympathies go to all of Dale's family at this trying time. Dale was my closest friend, and a part of our family. He will be dearly missed by my children Matt and Mallory, and my wife Meg and I. Dale will be forever in our hearts and fondest memories. Farewell my friend.
Paul Vona
September 14, 2011
I love you dad. You will always be alive in my heart.
Cathy Dixon
September 14, 2011
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. My thought and prayers are with you always~
Stephanie Ashley Lewis
September 14, 2011
Our deepest sympathies to Dale's family. He will be sorely missed by all. Cherish all the good times you had together for those memories will help through this sad time.
Priscilla Firkins Southworth
Priscilla Southworth
September 14, 2011
Our prayers and thoughts are with your family. Dale was a friend of our family and will be missed.
Gary & Dorothy Johnson
September 14, 2011
I always heard Dales name and Cocoa PD the same sentence often. Dale was a Cops Cop... All his family should be very proud of his accomplishments. Prayers go out to his family...
Wade Walker, III
September 14, 2011
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
September 14, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
September 14, 2011
There's no better tribute than a life well lived. My sincere condolences to family and friends.
Tina Winnett
September 14, 2011
Dale was always thoughtful caring and i met him at jumping flea market always caring concern about and worried about his friends and was very much devoted to the police force he will very much missed and he was a devoted son to his mother my thought and prayers go to his family.
Joyce Windsor Pyles
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