Daniel  Dickerson

Daniel R. "Dan" Dickerson

Sunday, August 19th, 1934 - Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
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Daniel R. Dickerson, 86, passed away on September 8, 2020. Dan was born August 19, 1934 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. to Lt. Colonel William Thomas and Mary Elizabeth (Galloway) Dickerson. After living in several southern states as an Army child, he moved to Maine with his family during the historic “Fire of 1947.” Dan graduated from Wells High School in 1952, and during his senior year of high school joined the Maine Army National Guard, Sanford Unit Company “C” and served his country for 10 years.

On September 15, 1956, he married his first love, best friend and dancing partner from high school, Janet B. Finson. They built a home in Wells and together had 4 children. Dan and Jan were married for almost 52 years until her death in 2008.

After high school, Dan went to work at Howe’s Floor Store on Route 1 in Wells. Many years later, when Mr. Frank Howe died, Dan took over the business, and later on, employed his 2 sons to help in the business.

Dan was an active member in many organizations throughout his life including the Congregational Church of Wells as a former member of the board of trustees, the Diaconate, a church delegate, Head Usher and was in charge of setting up tables for the Soup’s On program, every week for 9 years. He was also a member of Ocean Lodge #142 AF & AM in Wells, Kora Shrine Temple in Lewiston, Wells Chamber of Commerce and Wells Elks Lodge #2378.

Dan enjoyed vegetable gardening, reading, playing kitty whist and cribbage, traveling and going dancing. Dan was known for his love of good food and no matter what town, state or country Dan was in, he could always tell you the best place nearby to get a good meal. Some people eat to live, Dan lived to eat. He was also blessed with the metabolism to support his love of food. He hosted an annual Fourth of July cookout at his home for almost 50 years.

After his wife passed, Dan began a ritual of cooking large pots of American chop suey, crispy chicken, or some other delectable dish that he would deliver to various friends, neighbors and relatives nearby that he thought would enjoy his cooking and thoughtfulness. At one point, his delivery routine included 12 people.
Dan loved to travel and had visited most of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, and several Caribbean islands. He also enjoyed traveling via cruise ship to many exotic islands and ports of call.
Most of all, Dan loved to dance. He was a regular wherever Straight Lace was playing and anytime there was a dance or New Year’s Eve party at Spring Hill in South Berwick. Some of the happiest days of his life were the 47 summers he spent at his camp on Mousam Lake in Shapleigh.

He is predeceased by his wife, Janet B. Finson Dickerson, his son Terence D. Dickerson, a brother Vincent Dickerson, two sisters, R. Delane Dickerson Duggan and Patricia Dickerson Bruce and Sister in law Janice B. Finson Dickerson.

Dan was immensely loved and will be forever missed by his son, Thomas R. Dickerson and his wife Patte, daughter Tam Dickerson Gowen and her husband Tim and daughter Tracy Dickerson Thibodeaux and her husband Gary, Grandchildren Steve Moisen and his wife, Kristen, Justin Gowen, Preston Gowen, Amber Gowen Ferchak and her husband Adam, Madeline Thibodeaux and Alexis Thibodeaux, Godchildren Alaina and Audrey Borst, Brothers William Dickerson and Robert Dickerson, Sister in laws Pam Reeves and Faye Dickerson and brother in law George Bruce along with many very special nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, September 29 from 5pm to 7pm at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells. Please bring a mask to meet CDC requirements of gatherings. Due to the restrictions in place for Covid-19, a private funeral service will be held on September 30. Burial will follow at Ocean View Cemetery, Route 1 Wells, with Military Honors.

Gifts in memory of Dan may be made to the Congregational Church of Wells, PO Box 759, Wells, ME. 04090.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Bibber Memorial Chapel - Wells
    111 Chapel Road
    WELLS, ME 04090
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  • Interment

    Ocean View Cemetery
    Post Road
    WELLS, ME 04090
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A private family service will be held.


Donations are being accepted for: Congregational Church of Wells.


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Julie Twombly

Posted at 08:42pm
My condolences Tom to you and all your family members and Dan's friends. My path didn't cross Dan's until the late 1980's through Chamber Events and Howe's Flooring doing work at the Hillcrest Inn in Ogunquit, which I managed for 22 years. Dan is one of those people you can say you were very glad to have met during your life. He knew how to live life and he will be missed. My prayers to all and rest in peace, Dan.
Julie Goddard Twombly

Keith Cloutier

Posted at 10:58am
Tracy, Tammy and Tommy-

I am very sorry for your loss. I had the immense pleasure of knowing your Dad for several years. He was such a generous person who had such an infectious, calming demeanor. Rest in Peace Mr. Dickerson.

Len and Brenda Mannino

Posted at 12:18pm
So sorry for your loss, he was a fun person and we had the pleasure of being on the same trip to Italy with him 7 years ago. Funny story, we were on the island of Burano and he was craving a hotdog. He tried to explain it to the person who had a lunch cart who had no idea exactly what a hotdog was and he ended up with a sausage wrapped in bread. We all had a good laugh about that.

Gordon Miller

Posted at 09:49am
For all the family members and many friends of Dan Dickerson - There is a sense of great loss at the news of Dan’s passing. Everyone held a very high regard for Dan, Janet, and all the Dickerson family. As one who served as their pastor for almost two years, I saw how he was recognized as a positive leader in the church, providing a strong sense of warmth and love. Also, my wife and I greatly appreciated Dan’s and Jan’s friendship through the years after my ministry in Wells concluded. I thank God for all that he meant to the lives of so many people and to the life of the Wells Congregational Church. Peace to Dan’s memory.
With love,
Gordon Miller


Posted at 11:41am
Tom, Sorry to hear about Dan, He was always a pleasure to call on .My condolences to you and your family.Tony Profenno

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