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Obituary: William A. (Bee) Hickson Jr.

Bee Hickson, a longtime resident of Port Washington, quietly passed away at his home on Nov. 9, 2011 after a long illness. Bee was born Sept. 3, 1919 in Roslyn and graduated from Roslyn High in 1937. He served with the U.S. Army during WWII in the China-Burma-India Theater. During the war he married the late Eileen Hassett Hickson of Port Washington. After the war Bee and Eileen settled in Port Washington and raised their two sons, the late Geoffrey and Kevin. Bee graduated from Hofstra College in 1954 under the G.I. Bill and worked for the Long Island Lighting Company for 35 years.

Locally he was involved in the Community Chest, the Knights of Columbus and was the first president of the Greater Port Washington Civic Council in the 1960s, the precursor of the current Homeowners Council. Bee, along with his wife Eileen, appeared in and worked on productions by the Play Troupe of Port Washington for many years. In the late 1960s, Bee and Eileen were involved with the bringing of Worldwide Marriage Encounter to the U.S. Together with other teams, they crisscrossed the country many times to bring that weekend experience of renewal to many married couples. Bee was an active member of St. Peter of Alcantara Parish here. He served as a lector, extraordinary minister, and as a volunteer in parish social ministry and the bereavement group. He was always ready to help people in need. Bee is survived by his son, Kevin and daughter-in- law Regina; their two children, Tracy and Matthew; and granddaughter Gillian Pollock and her children of Washington, NC. Funeral arrangements were handled by Knowles Funeral Home, Port Washington. A Mass of Christian Burial was on Nov. 14 at St. Peter of Alcantara RC Church. Interment was at the Cemetery of the Holy Rood in Westbury.