Remembering Roy Dickinson

Longtime Westporter — and always-ready-to-work civic volunteer — Roy Dickinson died yesterday, from a heart condition.

Roy served as a Parks & Recreation commissioner, president of both the Westport Historical Society and the Y’s Men, and deputy moderator of the RTM.

Roy Dickinson

Roy Dickinson

He was also a director of the Aspetuck Land Trust, a member of the Republican Town Committee, and an active member of the Green’s Farms Congregational Church. He was deeply involved with the Westport Library too.

As Historical Society president, Roy was instrumental in developing Woody Klein’s book on the history of Westport. At the WHS, he was a major force behind the completion of the Octagonal Barn.

Roy had a long career with Pfizer. As an executive in their water purification area, he brought water to areas of the world with limited access to it.

A memorial service will be held at Green’s Farms Congregational Church, at a date to be announced.

(Thanks to Pete Wolgast for this background information. Roy Dickinson co-chaired Pete’s campaign for 1st selectman in 1993.)

12 responses to “Remembering Roy Dickinson

  1. I knew Roy. He was a good honest man full of life. One time about 4 years ago we had a push up contest in Green Acre ln land trust. He was about 80. I was about 54. He was able to do 20 push ups.

    Thank you,


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  2. May Roy RIP. He was a good man to listen to. Many of us will miss him as well as The Town of Westport. I was lucky to know him.

  3. A true gentleman.

  4. wow! now that is one heck of a “giver”. Thanks Roy!

  5. Roy Dickinson was a true gentleman and an indefatigable worker. He was the driving force on the WHS addition, working with the contractors, town officials, and the ever present volunteer corps who all had their own opinions of what should be done. And he always had that wonderful smile on his face. This was a very classy and very humble man. He will be sorely missed.

  6. Heather Williams

    Roy was everything a person should be. Delightful, hardworking, sweet, endearing, kind, funny, charitable, lovely, and yes..classy. Westport, and the many organizations that he touched are better off because of Roy. I was one of those people that he made a huge impression on during his later years in town through our work with the Aspetuck Land Trust. God bless you, Roy, we will certainly miss you.

  7. Roy was a tremendous asset to the Westport community. He was always looking for what was best for Westport. When he was President of the Westport Historical Society he was instrumental in choosing Woody Klein as author of the history of Westport along with Miggs Burroughs as the illustrator. He was a financial contributor for the book and one of the final editors. One could not have a more loyal friend than Roy. He was always cheerful with a big smile. We can be thankful that we had Roy amongst us serving our town.

    Pete Wolgast

  8. For many years Roy (and Joan) were neighbors and far longer, when Betsy came into his life, as friends and compatriots on Westport issues. When our daughter, Joanna, was accepted to Roy’s alma mater, Swarthmore College, Roy came to our home on Colony Rd. and gave her his Swarthmore pennant. Roy contributed to the full range of human goodness, the small gestures to the major issues..The world could use more people like Roy Dickinson. Condolences to Betsy, of course.
    Don Bergmann

  9. Roy was a dear and close friend, Years ago he talked my wife Denise and me into joining the Westport Historical Society. A few years later I became president of the board at WHS. Denise and I moved from Westport to Westbrook in 2008, and Roy and Betsy moved up here to Clinton a few years ago. Roy and I got together to do research on historical houses in Clinton which with Denise we turned into a booklet for Clinton’s 350th anniversary in 2013. We joked that it took two ex-WHS presidents to get something like that done for the town of Clinton’s big anniversary.
    I just talked by phone with Betsy and Roy last week upon his return home from the hospital.
    He was a beloved but humble man who could make almost anything change from an idea to brilliant reality. All our love to Betsy and their family.

    Wally and Denise Woods

  10. On behalf of the Haskin’s Preserve ALT Stewards, Mark Gilrain, and Ted Huber who served directly with Roy…he was an inspiration and thanks to those who recognized his hard work and extraordinary effort to preserve and improve Haskins forever. Thank you!

  11. I am heartbroken to read this news. I came to know Roy at the Westport Historical Society, where he was always the first in line to volunteer for everything and anything. Always optimistic, always a smile on his face…a really special man. My heart goes out to Betsy and the rest of his family.

  12. Linda Gramatky Smith

    What heartbreaking news about Roy! I’ve loved him and his late wife Joan (and his second love, Betsy) for years. I remember going to visit Joan with my mother, just around the corner on Colony. Roy is one of those individuals that you think will live forever, and my love goes out to Betsy and their huge, loving combined families. His smile! Never will forget that, and his sparkling eyes and interest in art and enthusiasm for LIFE. Damn shame. Ken joins me in sending our love.