MERIDEN - William Lawrie Dickson, 84, formerly of 91 Orchid Road, died Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, at Masonic Geriatric Healthcare Center in Wallingford. He was the husband for fifty-two years of Dorothy Olson Dickson. Born in Meriden on May 4, 1922, he was the son of the late William L. and Nettie Hubbard Dickson. He was a graduate of Meriden High School and worked for Dickson Express Trucking, a family business, after which he worked as an expediter in shipping and receiving for AGC Inc. in South Meriden. He was a member of the Masons, Meridian Lodge #77 and Eastern Star. He was also a committee member of Boy Scout Troop 6 for twenty years and had formerly been a member of the JayCees. He was a member of Immanauel Lutheran Church and was an avid collector of model trains and trucks. Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, William "Skip" Dickson and his wife, Debra of Salem, CT and Donald G. Dickson of Durham; a daughter, Cherie Toman and her husband, John of Killingworth; a sister, Doris Vaccaro of Whitefield, NH; and eight grandchildren, Rebecca White and Mark Dickson, both of Bristol, Brian Dickson of Salem, Jessica Dickson, Allison Dickson and Morgan Dickson, all of Durham, Erik Toman and Megan Toman, both of Killingworth. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 164 Hanover St., Meriden. The Rev. Perry L. Beaver will officiate. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beecher and Bennett Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. If desired, contributions in Mr. Dickson's memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492, or to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., Meriden, CT 06450.

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  1. Dear Dot and family, We are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was a special man and was very much loved by Mom and Dad. Rest assured that he is in good hands. I’m sorry that we can’t get to Meriden for the service, but you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Connie & Dan

  2. Dear Dottie, Skip, Don, Cheri & all the Dickson Grandkids: I’m truly sorry that I can’t be with at this sad but meaningful time – but Lil and our children will be offering you their support and comfort. I will sincerely miss visiting with Bill, recalling and regaling old times and old friends. I remember first getting to know Bill when he and I worked as mail carriers in Meriden, in the ’40s. Then, later, after two guys from the east side of Meriden independently met and married two Olson twins, from Springfield…what a wonderful coincidence! We remember fondly, too, the fun days at the Olson Cottage at Harbor View, in Clinton, enjoying the long hours at the beach, then the badminton games, followed by Grampa Olson’s hot dogs and hamburgers, cooked on that ol’ red grill. Bill, however, didn’t enjoy, quite so much, the Smorgasbord Dinners at the Olson’s on Christmas Eve, where were served Grandma Olson’s deliciious sill, silte, korv, herring and other exotic fish. (Bill usually opted for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich!) Bill would also recall my short un-illustrious career as a truck driver for Dickson’s Express, when I rear-ended his semi, in Southington. (Of course, he got even, later, by taking us for a ride and burning up the car under us!) We will miss and remember you, Bill, and the enjoyment of all those good times, and in later years, just simply talking and laughing about them. May God give your eternal rest, Bill, and may He Bless Dottie and all your family+ Love and Peace, Brother-in-Law and Uncle Chuck

  3. Our sincere sympathy to one and all. We will both miss Bill, Harry especially, since they had such great times together.Our love to you all.Sorry we can’t be there thursday.

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