Eric Gilbert Dicks

January 26, 2018


Passed peacefully in the presence of his loved ones, Eric Gilbert Dicks of Portugal Cove, formerly of Bell Island. Eric recently celebrated his 93rd birthday with a well attended party surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and close friends. Dad/Poppy Dicks was the centre of a party, well able to kick up his heels, play a tune on his harmonica, accordion or tin whistle. He was a former member of the CLB Avalon Battalion Band , a founding member of the CLB in Portugal Cove and more recently a member of “Val & Friends”, who regularly entertained residents of several care facilities in the north east Avalon. Eric enjoyed life and loved engaging with people. He attended weekly card games sponsored by church groups and others, and loved going to the local Portugal Cove “Rainbow 50+ Club” activities and outings.

Eric is predeceased by his loving wife Evelyn Pearl Dicks in 2011 to whom he was married for 61 years. He leaves to mourn one daughter Rhonda (Adrian) Mitchell, and four sons: Rick (Beverly), Robert (Betty), Ramsay (Tina), Russell (Valerie), also twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His special companion Winnifred (Winn) Churchill has been a bright light in these passed years and she has shared many of the joys with him in his twilight years. Especially missed by his daughter in law Elaine Dicks.

Dad has been a very independent person since our mom passed, but it is with great appreciation that we recognize all those who have brought a renewed joy of life to him. “The Rainbow 50+ Club”, members of “Val & Friends” who encouraged him to join and perform his love of music. Also acknowledged are his fellow worshipers of St. Lawrence Anglican Church, including in particular Reverend Amanda Taylor.

The family also gives thanks to the nurses and physicians at HSC 4NorthB for the care Dad received during his brief illness.

Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s on Saturday January 27 from 7-9 p.m. and Sunday January 28 from 1-9 p.m. Funeral service to take place on Monday January 29 from St. Lawrence Anglican Church at 11:00 a.m. with interment to follow at St. Lawrence Anglican Cemetery, Bauline Line Ext.

Flowers gratefully accepted or donations can be made to St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove.



7-9 p.m. on January 27, 2018

1-9 p.m. on January 28, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Monday January 29th

St. Lawrence Anglican Church, Portugal Cove


11:00am, Monday January 29th

St. Lawrence Anglican Cemetery, Bauline Line Ext.


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Rhonda – so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. My condolences to you and your family. I never met your dad, but from the picture shown in the obituary, he certainly looked like a happy gentleman.
Thinking of you – Phyllis (Barter)

Robert & family. We are sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I enjoyed seeing him at O B Allen while I worked there. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Jean & Eric White

Thinking of you and your family Russell & Valerie. Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father, from all your friends at work.

Elaine and family,
So sorry for your loss. Treasure all your memories close to your hearts. God bless

Russell & Valerie – so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Sending our thoughts and prayers. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Rod and Donna Murphy

To Elaine and family We were sorry to learn of Grandpa Dicks passing.You all have many wonderful memories to help you at this time. He was a fine man__an example to us all. I know you will all miss him. We are thinking of you at this time.

My thoughts are with you. Erik was always a joy, upbeat,, making a joke and full of energy and zest. I’m so glad my Nan had him as a buddy these last few years, he brought her much joy!
Sheena Chaytor

To Elaine Dicks and all the Dicks family
I knew Lt. Eric Dicks for some time and was proud to call him my friend. Many times we sat at C.L.B. anniversary dinners . where he displayed his love of the Brigade and admiration for the Regimental Band where he once sat as a member. . May our Commander in Chief welcome him home where he may rest in peace forever

To the Dick’s family. Was so sorry to hear of his passing. May you have comfort in the memories that your shared for so many years. Condolences to all of the family

So sorry to hear of Mr. Dick’s passing. A true gentleman Mu condolences to all of the family

Our prayers and thoughts go to Uncle Eric’s family. It was sad to receive the news from Keith Dicks on Friday of his passing. We last saw Uncle Eric in 1998 when he was in Ontario for my father’s (Bert Dicks) birthday. Uncle Eric was in fine form, singing, dancing and having a good time. I will remember him that way.

Ron & Marjorie Dicks
Surrey, BC

Our sincere condolences to all of Eric’s family.

So sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences . He will certainly be missed by all he knew.

So sorry for your loss Tina and Ramsey
Thinking of you!????

So sorry to hear of you Dad’s passing. Please accept our deepest condolences. He was a wonderful man who enjoyed life to the fullest.Treasure all you wonderful memories and keep them close to your heart.

So long old comrade

Rhonda ,

So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing .

Please accept my heartfelt sympathies.

Robert,Betty and Family so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Condolences to the Dicks’s family from Wayne and Patricia Jennings. RIP Mr. Dicks

Our condolences to the Dicks family . Mr. Dicks was always pleasant and enjoyed a good time. Cherish your memories.
May he Rest in Peace.

our sincere condolence., Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

My sincere condolences on your Dad’s passing. He was such a lovely person. May he rest in peace

Mr.Dicks was a fune man always with a smile on his face. He will be missed. Our condolances go out the his family. God bless

So sorry to hear of the passing of your father Robert . I always enjoyed seeing him in church and chatting with him. He was a joy to be around and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time.
Dwight and Glenda Brown

Robert, Betty and family so sorry to hear of Mr. Dick’s passing…I worked with him many years ago at Hickman Motors, he was such a nice, quiet and gentle man…Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time…RIP Mr. E. Dicks..

The Dick’s Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. Poppy Dicks (as my boys called him) will be missed. I’m glad to have known him for all these years and to have spent time with him when I was home last summer. Love to all of you.

our deepest condolences to the family

The Dicks Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. We had the honor of knowing Eric and Evelyn for many years and were always treated like family when would visit with Rhonda and Adrian.
Heaven has gained another angel and now they can finally be together again.
Thinking of you all.

Roger, Sandra and Hannah Bennett

To the family of the late Mr Eric dicks I would like to leave my condolence and prayers to his remaining family.

To the family of the late Eric Dicks I offer my sincere condolence.
I am so proud to have been a friend of Eric for many years and we worked together years ago at Ayers in the Mall.
I am so proud and humbled to have been his friend.
RIP my wonderful friend.

I’m coming home in July 2018 for our golf tournament and I’m so sorry that I won’t be able to stop in Uncle Eric’s house to say hello. He truly was a wonderful man and will be very much missed.
I wish you all the best in your time of grief.
Stay strong.

Dear cousins, please accept my deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Uncle Eric held a very special place in my heart and I will forever remember him with fondness and love. Take comfort in his pride and love for all of you and that he is now at eternal peace. Sincerely…….Deb