Col. Robert “Bob” M. Dickinson, U.S. Army retired, 86, of Port Charlotte, Florida died Saturday,
January 5, 2019 at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte.
He was born June 15, 1932 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Raymond L. and Kathleen Miller Dickinson. After graduating Harvard University in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology Bob was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. After he completed his tour of active duty he was transferred to the Army National Guard. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1985 after 32 years of active, guard and reserve time, with the rank of Colonel. He was a senior executive with the Exxon Corporation for 20 years. He also was Vice President of Trinity Plastics in New York and a financial adviser for Ameriprise Financial Services in New Jersey and Florida.
After moving to Charlotte County from Randolph, New Jersey in 1993 he volunteered for many organizations. He served as a Trustee for the Military Heritage Museum, President of the Sun Coast Council of the Navy League, chaired two committees of the Arts & Humanities Council of Charlotte County, Treasurer of the Fred Lang Foundation, Past President and Board Member of the local Chapters of the Military Officers of America and the Reserve Officers Association, Secretary of the YMCA Endowment Committee and co-founder of Charlotte Dancing With the Stars. In 2013 he was honored by being inducted to the “Wall of Warriors” by the Military Heritage Museum.
Bob is survived by his loving family, his wife, Sharyn Dickinson of Port Charlotte; a daughter, Kathleen (Chris) Peterson of Dunkirk, MD; three sons, Kenneth (Maureen) Dickinson of Oakley, CA, Timothy (Marianne) Dickinson of Morehead City,. NC and Michael (Robyn) Quale of St. Petersburg, FL; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Jessica, Ashley, Samuel, Hailey, Connor and Kathleen; and 5 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Gayle Dickinson and second wife, Louise Dickinson.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 9, 2019 from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Roberson Funeral Home Chapel, 2151 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte, FL 33948 followed by a Funeral
Service at 2:00 PM with military honors by a U.S. Army Honor Guard. Interment will be held
in Parkhill Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Military Heritage Museum, 1200 Retta Esplanade, Suite 48, Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.