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DICKINSON, Donald Reed “Don”, of Braintree, passed away peacefully at home, on June 24, 2021, at the age of 97. Don was the beloved husband of the late Anita Marie (Gallozzi) Dickinson. Loving father of Donald Reed Dickinson, Jr. and his wife Paula of Marshfield, Michelle Leigh Goldthwaite of Braintree and the late Mark Allen Dickinson and Deirdre Dickinson. Cherished grandfather of Mark, Kimberly, Jason, Marissa, Reed, Rebecca, Samantha, Elliot, Liam, Noah and the late Nicole Dickinson. Don was also the great grandfather to seven and brother of the late Shirley and the late Reed Dickinson. Don was born on December 6, 1923 in Weymouth, MA to Jack and Margaret (Damon) Dickinson. At age 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy and fought in WWII. After the war, he enrolled at the Scott Carbee Art College and studied oil painting. He was an active painter his entire life and created more the 600 canvases. In the early 1950’s, he bought a used printing press and installed it in his father’s home. He began to sell advertising to companies and then printed it on the press. This began his own company, Dickinson Advertising, which went on to become Dickinson Direct, a direct marketing firm, eventually having 300 employees. Don became a self-published author at age 93, when he wrote his autobiography, “Acquiring Light”. In his later years he enjoyed playing cribbage, painting, holistic health and spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed by all who loved him. At the request of the family, all services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to either Interfaith Social Services, 105 Adams St., Quincy, MA 02169 or to St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116. Arrangements under the care of the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, Braintree. To leave a sympathy message for the family, visit

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