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Susan Williams "Sukie" Dickie

December 21, 1942 ~ August 14, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Susan Dickie Obituary

Susan Williams Dickie December 21, 1942 – August 14, 2023

Susan Williams Dickie (“Sukie”) passed away peacefully on August 14, 2023, at the age of 80. A woman known for her selflessness and kind, genuine heart, she leaves behind a large collection of family and friends who will miss her unwavering positivity and her youthful enthusiasm. 

Sukie was born on December 21, 1942, to Thomas Blake Williams and Eleanor Claflin Williams. The second of four children, she was raised in Dover, MA, and spent her summers on the water in Cohasset, MA. She completed her early schooling at the Charles River School before attending Milton Academy for secondary school. At Milton, Sukie pursued a variety of activities but was best known for her natural athleticism. As a star athlete, she played varsity field hockey, basketball, and tennis, ultimately captaining the field hockey team and serving as President of the Athletic Association. 

After graduating from Milton Academy in 1960, Sukie spent a year studying in Lausanne, Switzerland before attending Bradford College, a two-year women’s college. She then headed west to complete her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she competed on the tennis team and graduated with a degree in Art History (1965). It was at Berkeley where Sukie met her future husband, Robert Dickie of New Haven, CT. 

After a brief stint in New York City, where Sukie earned a graduate degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College, they settled down in Weston, MA. Sukie spent several years working at the Dedham Country Day school, teaching middle school history and French and coaching sports, before devoting herself fully to her three young children. Admirably, Sukie took on a new challenge later in life, going back to school in her early 50’s to get her MBA from Simmons University. Graduating in 1993, Sukie enjoyed a second career as a financial advisor until retirement in 2010. She specialized in working with women who were going through a divorce or loss of a spouse.

Beyond her professional life, Sukie was an active volunteer. She held many roles throughout the years at the Congregational Church of Weston and later the Second Congregational Church of Cohasset. In her retirement, she also served on the boards of the South Shore Arts Center and the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and led tours at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she particularly enjoyed guiding visually-impaired students through the museum.

For all of her pursuits, Sukie’s greatest strength was as a mother. She put her children first and served as a constant source of support, positivity, and encouragement for them. Always one to see the good in others, Sukie was a shining example to her family of how to approach the world with love, curiosity, and acceptance. To her core, she was kind, patient, selfless, and she loved without condition — qualities that made her the most extraordinary mother and grandmother.

Beyond her family, Sukie loved to travel and learn about the world around her. In her eighty years, her journeys took her around the world; and when travel became difficult, she continued to learn by attending lectures and classes and going to the symphony and theater. Though never idle, she took the most joy in the simple moments of life — spending time with family and friends, especially if that time was at her treasured family home in Cohasset. Sukie loved being near the water, watching the birds and the boats, walking the mudflats, and enjoying a sunset on her porch.

Sukie spent her final years at the North Hill retirement community in Needham, MA, where she routinely brightened the day of those around her with a warm smile or kind word. Throughout these years, she never ceased to find joy and wonder in the world around her. Her family was inspired daily by her strength, courage, and deep-seated positivity, even as she stared down the cruelties of Alzheimer’s. Sukie found beauty in each and every day, a legacy that will forever inspire her family and loved ones.

Sukie is survived by her three children: Amy Dickie of San Francisco, CA, John Dickie (Kate) of Weston, MA, and Tommy Dickie of Los Angeles, CA; six grandchildren – Nola, Kearney, Johnny, Mack, Susannah, and Ian; her brother Tim Williams (Mary); her sisters Leelee Wright (Tim) and Sandy Weiss (David); and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A celebration of Sukie’s life will be held at 10:30am on October 21st in Weston, MA, at her beloved Congregational Church of Weston, with a reception to follow at The Weston Golf Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation in her memory to one of the following organizations: The Trustees of Reservations (thetrustees.org), The South Shore Arts Center (www.ssac.org), or the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (curealz.org).

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Services

Celebration of Life
Saturday
October 21, 2023

10:30 AM
Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton Street
Weston, MA 02493

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