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In loving memory of
James Dick
  • October 15, 1941
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  • August 25, 2020

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James Lee Dick, beloved husband, father, and grandfather passed from this life on August 25, 2020 in Titusville FL. Born in St Petersburg FL in 1941, Jim grew up in Rockville CT. He attended St. Bernard’s School and graduated from Rockville High School in 1959. It was at Rockville High that he met his future wife, Patricia (Pat) Schortmann. Following high school, Jim joined the Navy in 1960 and served for four years in destroyers on the West Coast. Returning to Rockville in 1964, he and Pat were married, celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary this past June. Jim worked for Southern New England Telephone for 32 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1996. Following his retirement, he and Pat undertook a new adventure, selling their house in Vernon and moving full-time into an RV. They spent more than 20 years alternating between their “driveway” at The Great Outdoors (TGO) in Titusville FL and various adventures around the country. Jim was an active member of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Tin Can Sailors Assoc.


After retirement, Jim also became more serious about his lifelong interest: photography. He had a wonderful eye and became well-known for his nature photography. One of his photos won an award in a national contest in Defenders of Wildlife Magazine. At TGO, his photos were a perennial favorite with the park’s Nature Center and most days he could be spotted on the nature trail in search of eagles, owls, bobcats, and every other manner of wildlife.


Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Pat, his son Jim and daughter-in-law Anne Starr of Sanbornton NH, son-in-law Glenn Condry of Tolland CT, and grandchildren James Dick, Joshua Dick, Cody Condry, Morgan Condry,  Annalisa Dick, and Mason Dick. He was predeceased by daughter Sharon Lee Condry and his parents, Eugene and Ethel (Thompson) Dick.


No calling hours will be held, and his interment will take place at a future date in Cape Canaveral National Cemetery.

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  1. Karen Mengersen nee Petersen says:
    03 Sep 2020
    Jimmy was my cousin. It has been so very many years ago that I last saw him. I remember Mom mentioning that he and Pat toured the states in their motor home for many years. It was only in the past few months that I came across some of his fantastic wildlife pictures on Facebook. What talent and patience! I only wish we would have connected sooner. My prayers go out to his family. Hold onto the wonderful memories you each have! God bless each of you!

  2. Ulrike Bauer lit a candle:
    29 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 29, 2020 at 8:11:30 PM

  3. Lynn Lane says:
    29 Aug 2020
    We came to know Jim in the autumn of his life when we worked with him and Pat at the educational bookstore at Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Jim was always outgoing, eager to learn (in particular about photography), and very willing to teach others about his hobby. We enjoyed knowing him for all these years. The winter of his life came too soon and was too short. He will be missed by many.

  4. Russ & Gail Skoglund lit a candle:
    28 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 28, 2020 at 8:10:55 AM

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  6. Luann Dunkerley says:
    28 Aug 2020
    Praying for all of Jim’s precious family. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. He was a truly great man.

    With love and prayers,

  7. Luann lit a candle:
    28 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 28, 2020 at 8:07:25 AM

  8. Michelle says:
    28 Aug 2020
    One of the kindest men I have ever met. He is greatly missed by all of us here.

  9. Roberts says:
    28 Aug 2020
    A beautiful tribute. Our favorite picture of James Dick ❤️ We heard he was asked to put that shirt on backward so that this scene was visible He always loved Yellowstone and photography ❤️
    RIP dear Friend.

  10. Ken Michaud says:
    27 Aug 2020
    Going to truly miss Jim. He has been a part of my life for almost as long as I can remember. Praying for him, Pat, Jim and all of his family and friends during this difficult time.

  11. Ken Michaud lit a candle:
    27 Aug 2020
    Lit since August 27, 2020 at 8:29:21 PM

  12. Chris says:
    27 Aug 2020
    So sorry for his passing. His knowledge and photos of nature were incredible. Prayers for the family. Chris

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