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.