A Note on the Passing of Jeff Dickinson

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we let all of you know that our GSIL Director of Advocacy, Jeff Dickinson, passed away unexpectedly early this morning (Tuesday, December 5). It seems like yesterday we were all gathered at our awards and recognition dinner where Jeff was a guest speaker and presenter. His smile, his warmth, and his eloquence will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.
Above all, Jeff epitomized ability. Despite battling Muscular Dystrophy, every single day, Jeff rose to every single challenge. He represented our organization with strength and capability during his many years representing GSIL at the legislature in Concord. He built deep relationships with state leaders that allowed GSIL consumers and the entire disabled community to have a voice of a true advocate. Jeff was a shining example of grace and had a knack for persuasion with lawmakers… just ask them!
Jeff’s disease started in early adulthood, which meant he knew life with full physical faculties… and he enjoyed his activities to the fullest. Anyone who knew him knew of his absolute love of fast cars. His model car collection was spread throughout his home and memories of driving his BMW on the road course at NH Motor Speedway were among his favorites. Jeff loved the adrenaline rush of life. And he appreciated the ride along the way.
Never to be full of self-pity, Jeff greeted his disease with gusto and a sense of never letting it get the best of his spirit or his day. Embracing the mantra of being able to accomplish everything he wanted with help from others, Jeff set his focus on giving back to the disabled community. His mind, ever razor sharp, was focused on how to advance the causes of GSIL and help others in New Hampshire.
To his last moments, Jeff was focused on what’s next. He was working hard to prepare for the upcoming legislative session in Concord, and was looking forward to holidays with family. Jeff, we will miss you dearly. Thank you for making us your life’s mission. Thank you for the legacy of good deeds and kindness you leave with all of us. Rest in peace.
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