Halsey L. Dickinson, In Three Mile Harbor

    A service was held at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in East Hampton on Sunday for Halsey Ludlow Dickinson Jr. of East Hampton, who died on Jan. 4 after his car plunged into Three Mile Harbor. A mason and a veteran of World War II, Mr. Dickinson was 90 years old.   
     Mr. Dickinson was a member of the Army’s famed First Division under Gen. George S. Patton. The division, known as the Big Red One, stormed Omaha Beach in Normandy and fought in Algeria, Morocco, Sicily, and Bahn, Germany.
    “Even though he was young, those four-and-a-half years in Europe were a big part of his life,” one of Mr. Dickinson’s sons, Carl Dickinson, said. “He wasn’t a war hero, but he felt like he did what he had to do.”
    He called his father “an old-fashioned kind of guy,” who “grew up through the Great Depression, lived in a small town, and served his country. And all he wanted to do was go back and start a family. That’s what he did.” 
    After the war, Mr. Dickinson was married to the former Ruby Ann Johns. The couple settled in the East Hampton area and raised three children. She died in 1994, after a 45-year marriage.
     “He did have a funny, softer side to him, that not many people were aware of,” Carl Dickinson said, adding that, upon learning of his father’s death, a friend had “hit the nail on the head by saying, ‘Guys like that, they just don’t make them like that anymore.’ ”
    Mr. Dickinson was born to Halsey Ludlow Dickinson Sr. and the former Christina M. Hettiger on Aug. 11, 1921, in Southampton. He grew up in Bridgehampton and attended Bridgehampton High School.         
    In addition to his son Carl Dickinson, of Wainscott, Mr. Dickinson is survived by two other children, John L. Dickinson of East Hampton and Nancy A. Grachek of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He also is survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, and by Linda Malloy, his companion for the last 16 years. A sister, Constance T. Dickinson of Sunnyvale, Calif., died before him.
    The reason why Mr. Dickinson’s car went into Three Mile Harbor is under investigation by East Hampton Town police. A separate story on the rescue effort appears elsewhere in this issue.