W. K. Read "Poppy" Dickinson

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FREEPORT - "Poppy" W. K. Read Dickinson, formally of Yarmouth, Maine, and Bryant Pond, Maine, passed away peacefully on Dec. 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving son and daughter. Read was born in Boston on April 10, 1939, and raised in Marblehead. He is the son of Howard C. Dickinson and Cynthia P. Read Dickinson. Growing up in Marblehead fostered a generational love for sailing.

Read spent his high school years at The Dublin School in Dublin New Hampshire where he met his close friends, Cliff Reeves and Patrick Jackson. While at Dublin, he developed his passion for skiing. For a rather tall man, he mastered the 40-meter ski jump, which was quiet impressive according to his friends. He continued his education at Nichols College and graduated with a degree in business. After graduating, his love of skiing led him to start Read's Ski and Men's Shop in Brunswick, Maine. While living in Brunswick, he met his future wife Betsy. Read and Betsy settled in Yarmouth where they raised their two children Elizabeth and Christian.

His greatest joys in life were his children and grandchildren. His level of generosity was over the top. He never missed Liz's horse shows and traveled extensively with his son, Christian. He passed his enthusiasm of skiing and sailing to his children and grandchildren. Read and his family spent many hours on their boat "Chin Chin" at the Portland Yacht Club. He was a very kind man, always very generous to his children, grandchildren, and friends. His infectious smile made everyone's spirits rise. He volunteered extensively for Maine Handicapped Skiing, Rotary International, Bethel Chamber of Commerce, and the American Red Cross Platelet Apheresis donation program. Read made 388 platelet donations saving many lives. He was inspired to donate his platelets because of his father's Hodgkin's diagnosis. He was a true hero. Read's other hobbies included photography, fishing, teaching skiing at Sunday River and cheering on the Red Sox and Patriots.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Dow, her husband, Mike

Dow and their three children, Ben, Isabelle and Alexander; his son, Christian Dickinson and his girlfriend, Stacey Spadea; his former wife, Betsy Dickinson, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mum, dad and brother, Howard C. Dickinson. Special thanks to the nurses and caretakers of Freeport Place and especially to his loving friend, Betty, who never left his side and was also with him when he passed. Many thanks to Beacon Hospice who made his last days with us so pleasant and comforting. A private celebration of his life will be held in June 2019.

Chin Chin ... Poppy. We love you so much.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

The Freeport Place

Activity Fund.

Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 6, 2019
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