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Friday, March 04, 2005

Edwin K. Dimes, Prominent Westporter, Dies at 81

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Ned Dimes: Stressed “give something back to the community.” Contributed photo
Edwin K. “Ned” Dimes, a longtime prominent Westport attorney and former chairman of the Board of Finance, died today after a lengthy illness, friends said. He was 81.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East, Westport.

He was the husband of S. Antoinette Morton Dimes.

Ira Bloom, one of Dimes’ partners, said,“Our law firm has lost a friend and colleague. But the community has lost one of its most prominent citizens.

“Ned always believed and stressed to all of us that we should give something back to the community. That is why he was always such an active volunteer in the government and in other organizations.

“This is a loss not only for his wife, children and grandchildren, but for the town as well.”

Born in Hartford, Conn., in 1923, Dimes grew up in Wethersfield, Conn. Upon graduation from high school, he was recruited by Wesleyan University to play soccer and was named to the All New England Soccer Team.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the early 1940s and served as a B-24 pilot in World War II based in Italy. Upon completing his service, he re-entered Wesleyan University where he was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. in 1947, with High Honors and Distinction in Economics.

After receiving his degree from Wesleyan, he attended Yale Law School, earning a L.L.B. in 1950.

After graduating from Yale, Dimes joined what is now the law firm of Wake, See, Dimes and Bryniczka where he spent his entire legal profession.

He was a member of the Connecticut, Fairfield County/Regional and American Bar Associations and was admitted to practice in all courts, including the Tax Court and Supreme Court of the United States.

He recently served on the Board of Delegates and Board of Governors of the Connecticut Bar Association and was a State Trial Referee for over 20 years.

During his 55 years in Westport, Dimes was active in town government, community activities, and his church.

He served on Westports Board of Finance for 18 years, 14 as chairman and president of the Westport Pension Board.

He served on the WestportҒs Representative Town Meeting, Recreation Commission, Public Site and Building Commission, an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission, and a Trustee of the YMCA.

At Saugatuck Congregational Church, he served several terms as chairman of the board of trustees and as a Deacon.

For the past 50 years, Dimes was a member of Saugatuck Hose Co. No. 4 and served as the group’s attorney and trustee. He also belonged to the Minuteman and South Norwalk Boat Clubs.

Surviving family members in addition to his wife are his three daughters: Martha Dimes of Durham, N.C.; Deborah and her husband Robert Cameron of Germantown, Tenn., and Kimberley and her husband, Owen McDonald of Billerica, Mass. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Susan and Robert Cameron.

Posted 03/04/05 at 02:22 PM

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Ned was a Town treasure for all of us. He worked long and hard for positive effect in Westport. It should also be known that his wisdom and thinking on State and National matters was widely sought, respected and applied.

Early in my public service career I often sought his advice- regularly challenging my thinking, Ned would always get me going in the right direction.

ron

Posted by Ron Malone on March 04, 2005 at 09:46 PM | #
 

Edwin Kinsley Dimes (Ned). What can be said for someone who touched so many lives in so many ways. He was devoted, generous, fair, fun, a hard worker, family man, pillar of the community, fisherman, skiier, gold miner, traveler, animal lover,sports fan, Sox fan, businessman, friend, church goer, dancer, practical, frugal, father-in-law, and like we say in New England a wicked good guy. But most of all he was my Dad. You were the best Dad a girl could have. Thanks for everthing. I was your “baby”. And even as I approach 50, you always called me “your little girl”. And as I got older, somehow, you got younger and stronger. Our weekends together were special, not doing much, just going to lunch and hanging out watching the game, but they were ours alone. We shared memories every weekend, the days when we were much younger - the simple days. I will cherish those days and memories. I will miss you and love you forever. Kim

Posted by Kim Dimes McDonald on March 05, 2005 at 12:52 PM | #
 

My mother (ned’s sister in law) just called to tell me of the passing of my Uncle Ned. My family (the Ellis’ of Wethersfield) loved and cherished Ned Dimes…he was the man! My earliest memories of my uncle had to be his crew cut, his absolute flair around people, and those PANTS! He took golfing fashions and went public, this guy had style. Our family thanksgiving treks are famous to all us and Uncle Ned was clearly the leader of his family.

I thought long and hard about my education and it was Uncle Ned who told me to get a degree, and join him in Westport. I traveled another road, but his belief in me, and I knew he was quite successful, has always been one of my defining moments.

81 is a long and great life. Ned will be missed here on earth, but I will look forward to when it is my time and Ned is there to greet his nephew.

Pete Ellis

Posted by peter ellis on March 07, 2005 at 08:37 PM | #
 

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