In Memoriam : William Dickson

William "Bill" Dickson - age: 83
(January 20, 1930 to July 14, 2013 )
Resident of Buxton, Maine

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At Bill’s request, there will be no wake or funeral. The family plans to have a celebration of his life at a later date.

BUXTON- William “Bill” Dickson, age 83, passed away on July 14, 2013 in Scarborough.
He was born in Liverpool, England on Jan. 20, 1930, only son of the late William and Margaret Dickson.
Bill is a graduate of Liverpool University where he received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and his Master of Civic Design Degree.
Bill married Yvonne Bytheway July 10, 1954.
He also served as a lieutenant in the Royal Corp of Engineers.
1957, they emigrated to the U.S. and moved to Maine where he was appointed Chief of Urban Renewal Planning in Portland.
1960 he became City Planner for the City of Portland and Director of the Greater Portland Regional Planning Commission.
1965, Founder, President and C.E.O. of William Dickson Assoc.
1978 President and C.E.O. of Atlantic Antibodies, Inc.
1983 Because of his dedication with this company, he was presented
the “E” Award (Excellence in Exporting) by President Ronald Reagan at a White House ceremony.
1986, Founder, President and C.E.O. of Hansa International, Inc.
Bill created the State of Maine Disaster Plan and worked with the Pentagon on National Crisis Planning. He was involved with international products and service operations, biotechnology and business consulting.
Along with all of these accomplishments, he served on many nonprofit and voluntary Maine public service boards and committees including the American Red Cross.
He was also a member of the Cumberland Club since 1964.
Over the years, Bill was called upon to lecture for various organizations and was awarded the Teacher in Excellence Award from Franklin Pierce College in May 1998. Bill also served as an adjunct faculty member at Franklin Pierce College, Southern New Hampshire University,
St. Joseph’s College and The University of Southern Maine.
He was an avid boating enthusiast, enjoyed photography, lecturing, traveling, reading, cars and his cat Stan.
His love for family and friends was what was most special to him.
Along with his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters- Betty Dean and Pauline Nicholls.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Yvonne Bytheway Dickson,
his children- Jeanette Catapano and her husband Jim of Holden, MA,
Michael Dickson and his wife Byrd of South Portland, Tony Dickson and his wife Jess of Westbrook, John Dickson and his wife Karen of Charleston, SC, and Paul Dickson and his wife Mary of Sunderland, Maryland; grandchildren- Anna, Taylor, Rebecca, Lily, Marcus, David, Matt, Matthew, Claire, Adam, Jack, and Ryan.
At Bill’s request, there will be no wake or funeral. The family plans to have a celebration of his life at a later date.
Our sincere thanks to the staff of the Maine Medical Center, Portland ,
The Gosnell Memorial Hospice House and Karen Hartman, RN for her help with Bill and family.
A more comprehensive biography of Bill’s life is forthcoming at the funeral home website -
Arrangements are with Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home - Buxton.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Rd., Scarborough, Maine 04074 or to an Animal Shelter of your choice.

Richard Tinsman - July 16, 2013Contact this person Contact this person
Yvonne and family: My deepest condolences. Bill was my first Boss after college and my greatest mentor. The memories are strong and good of a man who was one of the best I have known. I think of him often and smile at the recollections and find myself still repeating his stories to friends. Dick Tinsman


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