Howard Cocks Dickinson IV, aka Crow, King of The Hill, and "Uncle Foof" crossed over to the other side at 4:20 AM on October 8, 2014, as stormy skies covered up the eclipse of the full blood moon and the North winds swept in to carry his spirit away from his home on Baird Hill. He walked through heaven's gate "prick first," just as he would have wanted.

Born in Schenectady N.Y., January 29, 1936 to Cynthia Potter Read and Howard C. Dickinson, Jr. Crow grew up at Peach's Point in Marblehead, Mass., and from there went on to St. Paul's School, Harvard University '58, and Yale Forestry School.

In 1967 Crow bought his farm on Baird Hill Road in Center Conway, N.H. where he spent the rest of his life. Crow is survived by three children (that we know of) James Russell Dickinson, Alexander Solely Dickinson, and Anne Staveley, six grandchildren Cree, Taylor, Nathaniel "Tait", Eric, Cypress, and Howard "Jack," and by his brother Read Dickinson. He was pre-deceased by his beloved dog and faithful last companion Tia, among many other adored Jack Russells.

Crow was very proud to have dedicated his life to public service and helping those in his community. He served in the Navy, spent 32 years as a N.H. State Representative, served many years as a selectman for the Town of Conway, and was a member multiple local boards and committees. In his lengthy political career Crow touched the lives of many many people. A few of his accomplishments that he was most proud of were the "Ski Area Liability Law," creating "The Board of Midwifery," "The Current-Use law" and the new "Moose Lottery."

In his younger days, Crow was an adventure traveler who sailed in the Newport-Bermuda Race; rowed at the Henley Regatta in England; fly fished in Iceland, Argentina as well as throughout New England. He hunted in Italy, England, Austria, South America and throughout the Northeast.

Crow was a lover of hunting, fishing, food, the woods, women, politics, dogs, guns,porn, and last but not least, himself. He was The Master teacher of knife sharpening, iron pan cleaning, lawn mowing, gun cleaning, cooking roast beef, Yorkshire pudding and gravy, making "dredge," double-buttered toast, turning off lights, closing windows, sharpening chain saws ... and much much more!

As he begins his new journey we wish him: Fair Winds & Following Seas, Tight Loops & Fish On, Sharp Knives & Good Food, Steady Points & Crossing Shots, A Sharp Saw & Sound Wood, Voice Votes with Unanimous Consent & Bipartisanship, and a room full of women with an open bar!

Services will be held 2 p.m. on November 1, 2014 at the Salyard Center for the Arts in Conway Village, N.H. Please bring your favorite written story, memory or photograph to post and share on a wall created in his memory. No flowers please, instead plant a chestnut tree.

Lesson to be learned: be nice to your children, because they are the ones who hold your hand when you are dying and write your obituary ;)

 

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