Gary W. Dicker

Gary Wayne Dicker, 64, passed away suddenly at home on May 4, 2019.

Gary was one of the lucky ones, born to two loving parents, Wayne E. and Donna M. Dicker, from small town Lee, Maine, in the Penobscot Region.

For the last 17 years, Gary shared his life with Donna MacClean, who was his loving companion and best friend.

As a child, Gary grew up surrounded by a wonderful extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He often shared memories of their times together, especially at Madagascal Pond and Portland Harbor.

Gary was also fortunate enough to attend Lee Academy where he was president of his class and captain of the soccer, basketball and track teams. Upon graduating Lee Academy with honors in 1973, Gary literally tossed his guitar into his 1970s muscle car and headed out of the woods into southern New England.

Music was a huge part of Gary’s life. His grandfather played banjo, his mother played guitar with a recorded band in the Bangor area, and Gary’s brother, Kenny, also a guitarist, played with Gary in a band while attending Lee Academy.

He was a self-taught professional photographer, which extended into an interest in astrophotography and astronomy. Gary was a press photographer for local newspapers, shot for Mopar Magazines and weddings, taught photography classes, and was a member of the Quinebaug Valley Photo Club.

Gary’s self-employment continued with him buying and selling vintage cameras and antiques. His greatest passion the last few years was as a dedicated member of the popular band Thunderhook, located in the Southern New Hampshire/Vermont area. He enjoyed every moment practicing and gigging with his band members, and his spirit will always be with them, as he will forever be with those that loved and knew him.

Gary loved attending the annual Stellafane Telescope Convention in Springfield, Vt., for the last 30 years. Many of those years he attended with his children, where they made memories viewing our most beautiful universe.

He is survived by his mother, Donna Dicker; his brother Kennard Dicker; his sons, Travis Dicker and wife Laura and Adrian McComb; his daughter Shannon Dicker and fiance, Michael Note; his sweetheart, Donna MacClean, and her children Heather and her companion, Tod Davis, Kyle McArthur and wife, Sabrina, and Caolan McArthur; and grandchildren, Andrew, Seth, Samantha, Sophia and Dorian.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be held Saturday, June 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the VFW, 40 Black Mountain Road, Brattleboro.

In lieu of flowers, Gary’s children would like to place a memorial marker at Stellafane. Please send donations to: Shannon Dicker, P.O. Box 373, Hinsdale, N.H. 03451.

Gary was a loving, caring, gentle, spiritual being and will always be shining among the stars.

The Foley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com to leave an online remembrance.