PITTSFORD, N.Y. |
The Rev. James M. Dick
Aug. 13, 1925 ó Sept. 7, 2017
The Rev. James M. Dick, 92, recently of Pittsford, N.Y., and formerly of Remsen, N.Y., died September 7, 2017, at Heather Heights of Pittsford following a brief illness.
He was born August 13, 1925, in Scranton, Pa., the son of the late Rev. R. H. Dick and Clara (Shambaugh) Dick. On July 27, 1957, he married Ruth Frances Wylie in Alfred, N.Y. She predeceased him on June 9, 1981.
Jim was honorably discharged from the Navy in June of 1947. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and from Colgate Rochester Divinity School with a Masters in Divinity.
Jim served many churches both as a full-time pastor and as an interim. He served as chaplain at Alfred University and pastor of the Union University Church, Alfred, N.Y., from 1956 to 1961; pastor at the United Church of Pittsford, N.Y., from 1961 to 1968; pastor at First Baptist Church, Waukesha, from 1968 to 1984; and pastor at Second Baptist Church of Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa., from 1984 to 1990. After retiring and until his mid-80s, Jim served a number of churches in New York and New Jersey as interim pastor.
Jim lived his life fully grateful for his Baptist heritage. He was particularly committed to freedom of conscience, deemed by Baptist tradition as crucial to effective Christian witness. Jimís sharp intellect, quick wit, courageous convictions, and boundless energy made him an advocate for peace, womenís rights, social equality, and the alleviation of poverty. He was an outspoken critic of war, a member of the Clergy Consultation for Problem Pregnancies, a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood, and, within the American Baptist Churches, USA, a member of the Roger Williams Fellowship, an advocacy group endorsing free interpretation of scripture and social accountability in the denominationís public stances. Jim was a life-long learner and a lover of words. Ministry was his avocation and, even into his 90s, he continued to minister to those around him.
He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Dick Pontzer and her husband, David; his son, Andrew Wylie Dick and his wife, Deborah Ann Ellwood; three grandchildren, Hannah Ruth Pontzer, Nathaniel Ellwood Dick, and Logan Ellwood Dick; and many nieces and nephews and others, who called him ďPapa Jim.Ē
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Ron and Don, and by four sisters, Dorothy Friddle, Jean Kroll, Liza Frace and Margaret Dick.
A memorial to celebrate his life will be held on October 14 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Rochester, N.Y.
Memorials, if desired, can be made to a charity of the donorís choice.