Robert Norman “Bob” Dickson, 91, of Englewood, Fla., and formerly of Ballston Spa, N.Y., died peacefully Friday, May 9, 2014, in his sleep.
He was born April 29, 1923, in New Jersey, to Robert B. and Elsie A. Dickson.
Bob graduated as an aeronautical engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., after spending three years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served in Europe during World War II, and during the occupation of Germany, which followed. During the occupation, he was one of the lead singers and dancers in a soldier show called “Hotel Rhythm,” which was seen by thousands of GIs. Oh! The stories he could tell! But never about combat.
Bob enjoyed a long career selling industrial equipment to large companies like IBM, GE and Mack Trucks. He enjoyed music, dancing and sports. Bob was an avid bowler, horseman, boater, golfer, ballplayer and Rays fan. He was a member of the local VFW, Legion and Elks.
Bob is survived by his wife, Margel “Midge” Blauvet; her children, Charles, Virginia, Kathryn, Margaret and Joanne; nine grandsons; his sister, Naomi (Dickie) Jensen of San Diego, Calif.; niece, Betsy Jensen Crawford of Atlanta, Ga.; and nephew, Douglas Jensen of San Diego. He was preceded in death by his wives, Jacqueline Cooper and Arline French.
A memorial service in New Jersey and interment in Syracuse, N.Y., will follow at a later date. If anyone wishes to remember Bob with a contribution, the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research would have been his choice.