NORMAN DICK Jr.
1922 – 2016
Norman J. Dick Jr. Nabisco executive, standout baseball and basketball player in his youth, lived in Mendham since the ’70s Norman J. Dick Jr., 94, died peacefully on Sept. 12, 2016, at home in Mendham, N.J.
Visitation will be on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bailey Funeral Home, 8 Hilltop Rd., Mendham, baileyfuneral.com. The Funeral Mass is on Monday, Sept. 19, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, Mendham. Interment is at Mendham Hilltop Cemetery.
Born April 29, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the third of 10 children. The son of Norman J. Dick Sr. and Helen Ryan Dick, he moved with his family to New York City and later Westbury, Long Island, N.Y. He shared many stories of growing up on Long Island, with sports being a big part of his life. He was an accomplished baseball player, playing third base and actually changing high schools to play a fifth year hoping for a baseball scholarship. Basketball was ultimately the sport that did get him the college scholarship. While attending Westbury High School, Norm was captain and part of the 1939-1940 Westbury High School basketball team that played its All-County championship game in Madison Square Garden. He was one of the “Fab Five” for Nassau County high school basketball. He later played for the Manhattan College basketball team. Norm picked up playing golf after becoming a caddie at the Bethpage public golf course on Long Island while in high school. He was an avid golfer throughout his adult life.
He left Manhattan College to serve in the Army from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, returning to finish at Manhattan College and graduating with his degree in electrical engineering. He was ultimately hired by the National Biscuit Company, actually working alongside his father.
He was also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. While with Nabisco, he worked in many of the bakeries across the country. While in Chicago he met and married his wife, Peggy in 1954, continuing his career in Nabisco bakeries in Denver, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Jersey, Chicago, and New Jersey again. He finally settled in Mendham in 1972 with his family of eight. Norm retired as vice president of manufacturing for Nabisco Brands in East Hanover, N.J., in 1987, having a 39-year career that was full of both personal and professional achievement.
He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Church, Mendham Golf and Tennis Club, and the Pastime Club, all of Mendham. He was also a member of the VFW Post 3401 in Morris Plains, the American Legion Post 342 in Chester and the B.P.O.E. Lodge 410 in Madison, N.J. In addition, Norm was a Little League coach in Mendham Township for the Coutts and the Colonials.
He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret McCarthy Dick; three brothers, Leo Dick, Robert Dick, Dr. Harold Dick, and four sisters, Jeanne Watson, Mary Lou Westwood, Nan Jones, and Donna Halleck. He is survived by three sons, Norman J. “Jay” Dick III of Bozeman, Mont., and his wife, Kelly; Kevin M. Dick of Chester and his wife, Lori; Bryan R. Dick of Sarasota, Fla., and three daughters, Barbara Jensen of Mendham, Peggy Crosby of Morris Plains, N.J., and her husband, Chris; and Patricia Murphy of Los Angeles and her husband, Joe. Norm also leaves behind 11 cherished grandchildren, Lindsay, Norman J. IV (Jared) and Brennan Dick; Travis, Eva and Dana Jensen; Sean, Colin, Andrew and Paige Crosby, and Reese Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Norm’s honor to The Pastime Club, 3 Hilltop Road, Suite 1, Mendham, N.J. 07945, supporting youth sports or the American Heart Association at donatenow.heart.org.
Published in Star-Ledger on Sept. 16, 2016
Dick, Norman J. Jr. [MC???? RIP]
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I do not find anything in my ‘stuff’ for Norman.
May He Rest In Peace.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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