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In loving memory of
Philip R. Dickey
  • January 09, 1934
  • -
  • November 24, 2017

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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.

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  1. Bill and Donna Stoltzman says:
    11 Dec 2017
    Farewell dear and close friend of some eighty years.May the Good Lord welcome you with open arms,Until we meet again.Dear Ed,RIta and family please accept our sympathy as we mourn with you. Love,Donna and Bill and all our family who considered Phil as Uncle Phil.

  2. Joy and Bud Kirchens says:
    08 Dec 2017
    We have fond memories sharing Sunday morning breakfast with Phil at Cracker Barrel Resturant. This ritual was shared at least for 5 years. We shared family and holiday celebrations,too. On Christmas Eve we would share in the reading of the poem "The Friendly Beasts". We will miss Phil . We send our deepest sympathies to Ed and Rita.
    Sending our love from The Villages ,Florida
    Joy and Bud

  3. Carol A. Sheehan says:
    07 Dec 2017
    Sincerest sympathy to our dear friends Edward and Rita Dickey on the loss of his wonderful brother, Phil. We always loved the time spent together with Phil when we visited Florida and looked forward to his smiling face and wonderful welcome he gave us.
    With love,
    Jim and Carol Sheehan

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