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David J. Dick

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David J. Dick

April 14, 2014

David J. Dick, 72, of Palmetto, FL, found peace on Monday, April 14, 2014, with family at his side after complications resulting from a ruptured brain aneurysm in October 2013.

Dave was born on January 3, 1942, in Amsterdam, NY, to the late Theodore and Isabelle Dick.

He was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and a veteran of the U. S. Army.

While living in NY he held many varied jobs but his position as a stained glass cutter in Atlanta, GA, and in Clearwater, FL was the one he was most proud of and he became very accomplished in this field.

He became a talented stained glass artist in his own right and created many works of art that his family and friends treasure. He retired to the Palmetto FL area in the mid-'90s where he loved living the Florida life.

He is survived by his brother, Theodore Dick and his wife Janet of Amsterdam, NY; his sister, Arlene Malinosky and her husband Michael of Marco Island, FL; his nephews Terry Dick and George Dick of Richmond, VA; nephews Dan (Christine) Dixon and Tim (Jennifer) Dixon of Amsterdam, NY; and niece Kathleen (Mark) Fryc of Amsterdam, NY. He is also survived by his great nephews: Sgt. Stephen Dick, Nathan Dick, Mallory Fryc, Sydney Dixon, Clare Dixon, and Allison Dixon; and his treasured friend and former wife, Dr. Patricia Emslie of Clarkdale, AZ.

Dave's brother, Ron, predeceased him in 2005.

Dave was best described as "unforgettable." There was no one quite like him. He always kept his youth and never acted his age. Although he never had children of his own, he spent countless days with his nephews when they were growing up. His zany and silly sense of humor and inimitable style of writing and speaking kept us all entertained when we were with him and in his emails... a true wordsmith. He was also an accomplished photographer and the family videographer and created priceless family videos that we would not have otherwise, even though we often gave him a hard time when the camcorder was in our faces. He loved fishing with his brothers through the years and with his brother-in-law, Mike, and sister Arlene when they would go boating down to Cape Romano. He loved gardening and always had beautiful flowers growing. Never a hunter, he loved all animals.

With a heart of gold, even though he lived a life of modest means, he often gave his last $20 to someone on the street that needed it more. Dave had a deeply spiritual side and he loved to share his experiences.

Dave's wish was to be cremated, and his family and friends will have a celebration of his life at a later date during the summer in his home town of Cranesville, NY, at which time his ashes will be set free where his heart was... in the places he loved so much out in the countryside where he grew up and lived his earlier years. Ashes will also be placed at his gravestone in the Glenville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave's name to the Cranesville Church or the Cranesville Volunteer Fire Dept.


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