Dec. 21, 1920 – Aug. 9, 2017
Nicholas Dicky Jr., of North Tonawanda, a retired carpenter and World War II veteran, died Wednesday in DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda, after a short illness. He was 96.
Born on the family farm in North Tonawanda, the third of 10 children, he attended North Tonawanda High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps in World War II.
He served in the Solomon Islands on Pavuvu, one of the Russell Islands, a staging area for military operations in the Pacific. A machinist and mechanic for motor pools and a driver escort, he attained the rank of corporal.
Returning from service, he took classes in carpentry and worked at the Wurlitzer plant, where he met his wife of 69 years, Lorraine Koszarek. She died in February.
A finishing carpenter, Mr. Dicky built many homes in Niagara County for Norman Bonner Homes, then worked with Carpenters Local 280. He retired in 1985.
He built his home in North Tonawanda with the help of his brother John.
He was a member of Stephen Sikora Post 1322, American Legion, and Conrad Kania Detachment 230, Marine Corps League.
He assisted in the dedication of the Marine Memorial on River Road in North Tonawanda, spent many hours caring for the plantings there and led the drive to acquire and install the memorial’s chain link honor guard fence.
He was the member in longest standing at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, where his family had been early parishioners. When the new church was built in the Town of Tonawanda, he donated, planted and cared for more than 100 trees of 10 different varieties.
Survivors include two sons, Gary and Paul; a daughter, Elaine; three brothers, John, Julius “Jay” and George; a sister, Nora Pachla; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered with military honors at 10 a.m. Monday in St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church, 3275 Elmwood Ave. at Ferndale Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.
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