Howard Dickinson of Water Mill died June 2. He was 64.
Born on February 25, 1949, in Southampton, he was the son of George Wood and Shirley Dickinson, both of whom predeceased him. Mr. Dickinson grew up in East Hampton, attending the Springs School and graduating from East Hampton High School.
According to survivors, “two years of college ended with the flower child’s innocence frayed. Three years in New York City was enough for him and home he came,” going on to work as a sanitation engineer, night clerk, purveyor of produce, artist, ceramicist and florist. An avid reader and writer from early on, “he found peace and relaxation within the lines he wrote,” his family said. Although he liked to say that life sometimes got in the way, he rediscovered his inspiration and had been writing poetry for the last 15 years.
Mr. Dickinson never cared much for cars until his wife, Sharon, purchased a Mini Cooper in 2007. “Little did they know that it was a car that came with friends,” survivors said. Mr. Dickinson and his wife traveled many miles, from Maine to Florida, for Mini Cooper events and gatherings. They created and planned their own Mini rallies, Minis Hunt the Hamptons, a scavenger hunt, and Minis Help the Hamptons Drive Out Hunger, to benefit the local food pantry.
In addition to his wife of 30 years, Sharon Lingwood Dickinson, Mr. Dickinson is survived by a brother, Patrick Bezubek, an aunt, cousins and a nephew.
Visitation was at Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on June 9.
Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978.