In recent years Howard Dickinson of Water Mill and his wife, Sharon Lingwood Dickinson, traveled from Maine to Florida for Mini Cooper events. Her purchase of one of the sporty little cars in 2007 had turned him into an enthusiast.
The couple also organized their own rallies, including a scavenger hunt, Minis Hunt the Hamptons. They put together one called Hamptons Drive Out Hunger to benefit the Southampton Food Pantry.
Mr. Dickinson died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday of lung and heart-related complications from radiation treatments for esophageal cancer. He was 64.
The couple met when Mr. Dickinson taught ceramics at a studio he owned called Cemagination. They were married on June 19, 1983.
Mr. Dickinson also worked as a produce manager at the I.G.A. market in East Hampton and the former I.G.A. in Bridgehampton. He and his wife later opened a floral shop in Water Mill, Sea Spray Designs, which they operated for eight years.
Reading and writing brought Mr. Dickinson peace and relaxation, his family said, and he especially enjoyed writing poetry in his last 15 years. “From the pain and exquisite sorrow of the past, the joy and radiance of today doth come,” he wrote. Ms. Dickinson would pair his poems with her photography, and she plans to publish a book.
Mr. Dickinson also appreciated watching sunsets at South Fork beaches, Long Beach in Noyac being one of his favorites.
Born in Southampton on Feb. 25, 1949, to George Wood and Shirley Dickinson, he attended the Springs School and graduated from East Hampton High School before attending Nassau Community College and Hofstra University.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Dickinson is survived by a brother, Patrick Bezubek of New Jersey, as well as an aunt, cousins, and nephews.
Stories, memories, and thoughts of Mr. Dickinson will be welcomed on Sunday at noon at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. “Nothing fancy” should be worn, at the request of Mr. Dickinson, who preferred jeans and casual shirts. He also asked that Christmas music be played during visiting hours. A funeral service will follow there at 1:30 p.m.
Memorial donations have been suggested to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach 11978.