Death of Freeman Dennis Howard Dicker


Plymouth City Council is sad to announce the death of Freeman and former Lord Mayor and Councillor, Dennis Dicker.

Freeman Dicker died on 5 September aged 89. He was awarded the title of Freeman of the city, one of the most prestigious civic titles in 2001.

Freeman Dicker served as a Councillor for the Plymstock Ward of Plymouth from 1971 and was made an Honorary Alderman of the City of Plymouth in 1997 having previously been Lord Mayor from 1989 to 1990 and Deputy Lord Mayor from 1979 to 1980.

A Funeral service is being held on Monday 18 September at St Matthews Church, Sherford Road in Elburton at 12.30pm.

The City Flag is currently being flown at half-mast, outside the Council House, and will remain at that position until the evening of Monday 18 September, the day of the funeral.  An announcement will be made at Full Council on Monday 25 September and one minute’s silence observed as a mark of respect.

Freeman Dicker served on a number of Council committees, including Planning, Housing, Policy and Resources. He was also the Chairman of the Local Economy Committee.

Councillor Ian Bowyer, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Freeman Dennis Dicker. He was a committed local Councillor who cared deeply about the people of Plymouth. He was passionate about local charities being president of Plymstock Cancer Research and was fully committed to the children and young people of Elburton serving as Governor of both Elburton and Dunstone Schools.”

Freeman Dicker’s wife Margaret died in 2001 shortly after he became a Freeman. He leaves behind his son Dennis five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.

The family would welcome anyone who knew Dennis to attend the funeral, however, they have requested that donations are made to St Luke’s Hospice in lieu of flowers via the Co-op funeral directors, 72 Pomphlett Road, Plymouth, PL9 7BN.  The family choose this local charity after the death of his daughter Jeanne in 2011.