Phil was born on January 9, 1934 to Dorothy & Edward A. Dickey Sr. in Chicago, Il. He graduated from St. Mel’s Grammar School and High School in Chicago and got his Degree in chemistry at St. Mary’s College in Winona, Mn. Phil was very athletic; he was on the track team in high school and the football team in college and he loved the sport of fishing. He served in the U.S. Army in the military police in Italy and Germany. During his life he worked in many phases of the Paint Industry. He was also elected as the Hanover Township Highway Commissioner at one time.
After retiring Phil moved to The Villages Florida in 2002. A year later Phil’s brother Ed and wife Rita also moved there but only for 6 mos. of the year. They treasured their time together. Phil met many good friends at Katie Belle’s, McCall’s, The Pub, Sakura’s, Cracker Barrel, First Watch playing horseshoes and more. He got involved in horseshoe competitions and won several awards, one of which was 1st Place in the Florida State Senior Horseshoe Championship in his age group. Phil also enjoyed playing basketball and in later years he took long walks daily.
Phil overcame two bouts of cancer a few years back and on November 3, 2017 he had a heart attack. The paramedics brought him back but his heart developed other problems and on November 24, 2017 he passed away very peacefully at Leesburg Memorial Hospital. Phil is survived by loving Brother Ed (Rita), fond Uncle to Steven (Amy), Paul (Marica), Tom (Georgianne) Dickey and Joanne (Dave) Metzger. Also Great Uncle to Jonothon, Amanda, Alicia, Ryne, Michael, Matthew, CJ, Andrew, Keira and Lauren.
The family will be taking Phil’s ashes to Illinois. There will be a Celebration of Life Mass at Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church in Arlington Hts. on December 18th at 11am followed by a luncheon. After returning to The Villages, friends and family in Florida are invited to attend a Mass for Phil on January 9, 2018 (Phil’s Birthday) at 8:30am at Phil’s parish, St. Timothy’s Catholic Church. It will be followed by a gathering in the Church Hall. Afterwards the family will hold a private graveside ceremony at Veterans National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl.