Philip David Dixon Jr. (Dave), age 62, died on Monday, August 31, 2020 with his beloved wife, Doreen (Sullivan) Dixon, stepdaughter Jill Waters and family by his side in Lowell, MA. Dave was born in Lynn, MA to Philip David Dixon Sr. and Lorraine (Trapula) Dixon, grew up in Saugus, MA and resided in Lowell, MA for many years with his wife. He is the Nephew of Helen Torphy and Stanley Trapula. Dave was a 1976 graduate of Saugus High School.
Dave is survived by his sister Paula Sams, and brothers George Dixon, Neil Dixon and wife Mary, Eric Dixon and wife Kerri, and Godfather and brother to Craig Dixon and wife Jessica. Uncle and Godfather to Sarah McFarland and Hana Dixon. Uncle to Justin Sams, Thomas Dixon, Emily Dixon, Hailey Dixon, Ian Dixon, Luke Dixon and Great Uncle to Daniel Dixon & Oliver McFarland. He is also survived by his in-laws, Russell and Marilyn Sullivan of Tewksbury, MA and sister in-law Karen Maciejewksi and husband Jon Dolance, Kerry Carlini and husband Steven Carlini, and brother in-law Russell Sullivan Jr. and wife Stacie and many loved cousins, nieces and nephews.
During his career, for many years Dave worked at golf courses in various roles and as an assistant superintendent caring for the grounds. He also worked as an executive chef at the Hilltop restaurant in Nashua, NH, after spending many years at their Saugus location. He also worked as a pest control sales representative, truck driver and in livery services.
Dave enjoyed spending his summers with his loving wife of 15 years and their two cats Faith and Joy at their seasonal camp in Hampton, NH. His summers were spent enjoying the beach, grilling, listening to Jimmy Buffet music, summer concerts and relaxing by a campfire with friends and family. While he would not admit it, Dave loved to cook holiday dinners for his family and slicing his father in-law’s holiday roast extra thin for him. Dave was an avid golfer and enjoyed golfing with friends, watching golf and coordinating annual golf trips. Although he would never brag, he accomplished what many could never do in a lifetime, a hole-in-one witnessed by his best friend John Loughlin. Dave, like most true New England sports fans, had a strong love/hate relationship with his beloved New England Patriots. While living in southwest Florida he helped start the “New England Patriots Fan Club of Southwest Florida” which has provided a place for local Patriots fans to gather in both glee and sorrow for 25+ years. Dave also enjoyed yelling at the TV while watching Patriots, Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox games.
Dave was the best, a true gentleman. He was a balanced, guiding, and loving father figure to multiple generations of his family. Dave was also active in the AA community with 18 years of sobriety. He was a great friend, sponsor, and mentor to many and respected by all who met him. He would do anything to help those in need so they could experience a life of sobriety.
Dave will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him. He leaves us with many fond memories that will be forever in our hearts.
There will be no services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In honor of his memory, donations can be made to New England Donor Services, 60 1st Ave, Waltham, MA 02451 or www.neds.org/give. Philip lived 20 years as a kidney transplant recipient with a kidney donated from his brother Neil.