Richard Bogart “Dick” Dickinson, son of Clarence Dickinson (1879–1919) and Grace Burrell Bogart (1879–1919), was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on August 24, 1916.
Richard died in St. Catharines, Ontario on February 20, 1984. He was buried with his wife June at Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Richard’s mother, Grace, died of influenza on January 12, 1919. His father, Clarence, died the next day of the same thing. Richard was two and a half years old when he lost both his parents.
He went to live with his maternal grandparents, Curtis Bogart (1848–1922) and Ella Burrell (1855–1941) in Belleville, Ontario. Given that Curtis was 70 and Ella was 63 when their daughter Grace died, they must have found it a real challenge to raise a toddler.
Fortunately, their other daughter was living with them, Grace’s sister and Richard’s aunt Jean Phyllis Bogart (1895–?). It’s likely that Jean, who was 25 when Richard was orphaned, shouldered much of the burden of raising him.
According to an immigration document he filled out aboard a flight to LaGuardia Airport in New York City in July of 1945, Richard was a radio range operator, 5 foot 10 inches tall, with brown hair, grey eyes, and no distinguishing marks or scars.
The Dickinsons were living in Stirling, Ontario (in Hastings County) at the time.
Margaret Lindner’s 1983 Campbell genealogy says that Richard was working as a research specialist for the Ontario government in the early 1980s.
Recollections of daughter, MAD (living), 1921.
Lindner, Margaret D (Leslie), William and Isabella Masson Campbell of Hastings County Ontario: Their ancestors and descendants, Budgate Press, Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1983, p 188.
Year: 1945; Arrival: LaGuardia Airport, New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Line: 1; Page Number: 222. Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957. Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls. NAI: 300346. Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives at Washington, D.C.