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Garrett B. Dickerson 1960-2022

CORTLAND — Garrett B. “Gary” Dickerson passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

He was born Dec. 30, 1960, and grew up in Howland as a classic Cleveland sports fan who said he resonated with “That ’70s Show.” He met the love of his life through his mother. Gary and his wife had a fun life, throwing the best parties and disappearing into the mountains of West Virginia. They settled down in Cortland, where they raised three daughters. He was the best supporter, motivator, adviser and shoulder to cry on.

He transformed his life for his family by becoming sober on Nov. 30, 2006. He remained active in AA in his 15-plus years of recovery, attending or leading meetings wherever he went, sponsoring fellow AA members and being a regular presence at his home group on Wednesday evenings at Vienna Methodist Church. He lived each day with perseverance, acceptance and love. He worked at Kmart / Sears distribution center for more than 36 years and, when that was ripped away, he put one foot in front of the other. He went to school to get his CDL and drove trucks until he no longer was able.

His friends and family describe him as humble, genuine, kind, hardworking, honest, easygoing, hilarious and a realist. He was witty, sarcastic and never worried about “offending” someone with his humor. He was the cook of the family, handyman and spider-crusher. Gary enjoyed the simple things such as growing a garden, walking on his property, swinging on the back porch and shooting trash in the garbage from across the room. He battled various health issues over the years and often said, “I’m on borrowed time.” With his first battle with cancer in 2019 / 2020, Gary had two goals — to live to be 60 years old and to walk each of his daughters down the aisle — both of which he has now attained. After a second bout of cancer in 2022, and multiple complications, Garrett passed on to a better place on Aug. 7, 2022. He is reunited with his parents, Gordon and Doris Dickerson; his younger brother, James Dickerson; and numerous family pets.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Cindy Miller Dickerson; his daughters, Brandi (Eno Iftiu), Shantil (Jarod Weaver) and Tess (Luis Quezada-Juarez); his sister, Toni (Clement) and his four grandchildren, including Mila (Iftiu), Leosa (Weaver), Otto (Weaver) and Adrian (Quezada-Juarez).

“And remember, be nice to everyone.” — Garrett

Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, at Lane Funeral Home, Shafer-Winans Chapel, 164 N. High St., Cortland, OH 44410.

Funeral services will be held privately for the family.

Online condolences may be made at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.

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