Little Gaddesden centenarian and Sportspace regular dies after short illness

Ken Dickson celebrates his 100th birthday by doing a work-out.

Ken Dickson celebrates his 100th birthday by doing a work-out.

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A Little Gaddesden centenarian who was a finalist in the Gazette’s recent Pride in Dacorum awards died on Monday after a short illness.

Ken Dickson was a regular at Berkhamsted’s Sportspace, where he attended pilates classes and celebrated his 100th birthday by doing a few press-ups.

Pride In Dacorum Awards, Shendish Manor, September 2013 Ken Dickson, who at 100 is still a regular gym user and teaches chess, gets a special mention.
Pride In Dacorum Awards, Shendish Manor, September 2013 Ken Dickson, who at 100 is still a regular gym user and teaches chess, gets a special mention.

He was also a keen chess coach and accompanied the Hertfordshire Under 11s team to the national finals in Nottingham last year. His coaching methods were so successful that the Ken Dickson Trophy was introduced in his honour to be presented to the county’s under-nine champion each year.

The Little Gaddesden man, whose father lived to 104, was previously a Royal Artillery gunnery captain and served throughout the Second World War.

Mr Dickson was also a regular at St Peter and St Paul Church in Little Gaddesden, where a service of celebration was held to mark his 100th birthday in July last year.

His community spirit was recognised during the Gazette’s Pride in Dacorum awards in September.

13/1/12 Herts Chess Champion Charile Heaphy , eight, at Little Gaddesden School, with chess coach Ken Dickson.
13/1/12 Herts Chess Champion Charile Heaphy , eight, at Little Gaddesden School, with chess coach Ken Dickson.
 

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