CAMDEN – Kenneth Clifton Dickey, 87, of Camden, died Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Born May 17, 1926, in Lincolnville, he was the son of Clifton David and Marjorie Melinda (Roberts) Dickey.
Ken was a Camden High School graduate, class of 1947 and the University of Maine, class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. Upon returning from the war, he went back to finish his high school education where he met his future wife, Prudence Weaver. They were later married on Nov. 11, 1949, in Camden. In 1951, rather than going into the insurance business, Ken joined his father-in-law, Harold Corthell at Haskell and Corthell. In 1959, Ken became the President of the store. He was very proud of expanding the store from the Women’s Shop and The Men’s Shop to include The Shoe Hutch, The Ski Barn, The Denim Shop, The Junior Shop and The End Shop. He also ran The Ski Barn at the Camden Snow Bowl. Active in community and civic organizations, Ken had been a distinguished member of the Megunticook Golf Club since 1976; a 62 year member of Amity Masonic Lodge; Camden Outing Club where he was instrumental in organizing the volunteers who helped create the current Camden Snow Bowl; lifetime member of the Camden Businessmen Group; member and former President of the Camden Rockport Lincolnville Area Chamber of Commerce; member of Camden Rotary since 1951 and was a Paul Harris award recipient and former President from 1958-1959; President of the University of Maine Camera Club; founding member of the 9 Native Hunting Club. Ken also served on the Board of Directors for the Camden Snow Bowl; the Camden Area YMCA; Vice Chairman of the Board of the Creators of SAD No. 28 School District; and in 1969 at the age of 43 became a Director of the Camden National Bank where he served for many years. Ken and Prudy enjoyed spending the winter months in Venice, Fla., for over 35 years. During the summer months, they enjoyed cruising aboard their Carver power cruiser, “the After 4.” Ken loved to be behind the camera. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed skiing, hunting and fishing. He loved to garden and he had one of the most perfectly moved lawns in town. In his earlier years, Ken decided to take up flying and obtained his private pilot’s license. He and Prudy enjoyed traveling, and drove many times to one of their most favorite places, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The Dickey family wishes to express their gratitude to Ken’s caregivers for their kindness and compassion.
Ken was predeceased by his wife, Prudence Weaver Dickey who died on Aug. 24, 2010; and his daughter, Jeanette Dickey Peasley who died in 1986. Surviving are his three children, David A. Dickey and his companion, Virginia Johns, of Camden, William J. Dickey and his wife, Liana, of Lincolnville, Lynette O’Hara and her husband, Frank O’Hara Jr., of Rockport; 12 grandchildren, Jason Peasley and his wife, Penny, of Lincolnville; Benjamin Peasley of Denver, Colo., Kristan Bumpas of Middletown, Del., Jessica Dickey of Portland, Katherine Dickey, Elizabeth Dickey, both of Camden; Jennifer Marines and her husband, Charles, of Saco, Amber Dickey, Carissa Dickey, both of Lincolnville, Nicholas O’Hara and his wife, Lindsey, of Hope, Frances O’Hara III, and Casey O’Hara, both of Rockport; and eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Julia, and Jordan Peasley, Addison and Reagan Bumpus, Evan Marines, Jameson and Molly Grace O’Hara. Also surviving is his sister, Barbara Brown; nephew, John Bryant and his wife, Victoria, all of Camden; niece, Sherry Terrio and her husband, Todd, of Gray; and his very devoted canine companion, Chico.
The Dickey family wishes to express their gratitude to Ken’s caregivers (Ken’s Girls) for their love, kindness and compassion.
Calling hours will be held 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Long Funeral Home, 9 Mountain St., Camden. The Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Camden Opera House, with the Rev. Kevin Pleas officiating, followed by a reception at the Camden Snow Bowl.If desired memorial gifts may be made in Ken’s memory to United Mid-Coast Charities, P.O. Box 205, Camden, ME 04843; or to Life Flight Foundation, P.O. Box 899, Camden, ME 04843. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Dickey family at www.longfuneralhomecamden.com.