Thomas W. Dickson 1929-2022

My father, Tom Dickson, the most prolific Restaurant Guy reader there ever was, passed away on Monday, January 3rd. He had been relatively healthy physically and mentally at age 92 and his passing was unexpected, yet it wasn’t. Fortunately all his children and grandchildren enjoyed the recent holidays with him. I never once missed spending Christmas Day with him since I was born and last month was no exception.

If you could describe this kind and gentle man in a word it would be “inquisitive.” If you met him he would want to learn about your life and would take great joy in asking a seemingly endless stream of questions. After a conversation with my dad you might feel like you had just dictated your autobiography.

His final chapter was at his home in Montecito where he died of heart failure with his wife of 63 years, Patricia, at his side. He was a great husband and father, had a good, long life, and he will be missed. Thank you to the Montecito Fire Department and Paramedic Squad 91 who did their very best to save him.

A photo of The Restaurant Guy and his father, Tom Dickson, that the elder Dickson kept framed in his bedroom.

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20 Responses to Thomas W. Dickson 1929-2022

  1. Cris says:

    Sending my condolences to you and your family John.

  2. SB & Tahoe says:

    My condolences. May his memory be a blessing.

  3. Vic Walton says:

    So sorry for your loss. If I live to be 92 and can count on a heartfelt tribute like yours from my son at the end of it all, I’ll consider it a good life.

  4. BRS says:

    My deepest condolences to you John, whenever you mentioned your childhood and your parents I always had a pang of jealousy that I never had a family like that. But I also reflected on those references and thought you were/are a very lucky man, and it was obvious you appreciated it.


  5. Jm says:

    So sorry. May your memories comfort you.

  6. Marina King says:

    Many condolences to you on the loss of your father. Thank you for your hard work of keeping us informed about what’s happening on the dining scene!

  7. Gary Yencich says:

    Blessings to you and your family during this time John.

  8. Susan says:

    I know you live to make him proud. keep it up, and let his smile warm you moments of sorrow.

  9. Kim says:

    Lovely for all of you, and especially for him, that your family was all there for the holidays. Sorry for your loss. May his memory be eternal.

  10. Carole says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. And it must be very rare that anyone can say they spent every Christmas together!! May your memories, family and friends help you through this difficult time.

  11. Bob L says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss, John. Losing a parent is never easy, and it’s important to recall all the good times you had with him. Make them into a mental book that you can recall again and again. I lost my dad almost 40 years ago, and I still think about him almost every day. I’m sure you’ll do the same

  12. Deena says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, John. I am glad you got to spend every Christmas together and you have such wonderful memories of him.

  13. Don Lubach says:

    So sorry for your loss, John. I’m guessing that your dad was delighted to read your writings and be “in the know” about the SB dining scene. I’m sure you made him proud.

  14. Rob P. says:

    So sorry to hear this John.

    All the best to you and the rest of the family.

  15. gillian says:

    So sorry for your loss, John.

  16. John says:

    Picturing Tom in Heaven laughing while plugging a car exhaust pipe with a potato.

  17. Whirl says:

    Heartfelt sympathies to you and your family, I am so sorry for your loss.

  18. Gerald Bostock says:

    My warm and best wishes, and sincere condolences, to you and yours; to all of his loved ones.
    He was obviously a great dad.

  19. Pam Espinosa says:

    Oh John. I’m so sorry for your loss. Your life will never be the same without him but he lives on in you and in your son. I believe he will by your side always. Take care.