Obituary for Robert D. ""Big Hick"" Hickerson Jr.
Robert D. Hickerson Jr. “Big Hick”, age 72, of Branford and formerly of West Haven, passed away suddenly on Sunday Jan. 7, 2018 at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was born on Dec. 9, 1945 in New Haven, son of the late Robert and Joan Griffing Hickerson Sr. He retired from Chevron USA, Concord, CA, he started at Tad Jones, New Haven, then transferred to Gulf Oil Houston, TX. He is survived by his wife of 48 yrs. Alexis Sampara Hickerson of Branford and daughter Kirsten (Rob) Hickerson Weisz of Meriden. His three beloved grandsons, Zack Weisz, Jake Weisz and Eli Weisz all of Meriden. He also leaves behind a sister Penelope (Tim) Sweet of Radford, VA. and his brother Christopher (Teresa) Hickerson of Ocean Isle, N.C. He was predeceased by his brothers Peter and James Hickerson. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews all of which will miss his endless supply of jokes.
The love for his wife spanned 48 yrs. Their names were one connected Hick and Alexis never one without the other you got the two of them package deal. That is how it was in the beginning and till the end both together thru thick and thin. Then they had their child and we became a family of 3. Three points always connected and always will be. He was so very proud of his 3 grandsons and was very active in their lives whether it be attending a track meet for Zack or watching Jake’s “nail biter” hockey game “Go Whalers”, or simply building LEGOS with Eli. He was an avid fan of sports his favorite teams were NY Giants, Boston Red Sox, and NY Rangers if any of those were ever on T.V. you would find him on the recliner watching. He was an avid fisherman who was always on the banks opening day telling all his friends that one story of the “big rainbow” that got away. Hick’s greatest passion would have to be his love of Cabernet Sauvignon Wine, which started at the wineries in Napa Valley, Ca. with his brother Pete. He would always have a glass or if you are lucky his special bottle that he would pull out from the back of his wine cabinet. He would sit down at the table with that special bottle ready to share a story and not just any kind of story but the longest story which never seemed to end. He was loved by so many lifelong friends that spanned from coast to coast.
Hick’s love of Rock and Roll music transcended time when he heard the first few lines of a good song he would automatically name the band or singer and then tell you about the time he saw them in concert. You could always see him in his Mustang “Rolling Thunder” with the music up high. Hicks favorite quote goes something like this, “I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands” and we the family will always remember him. “Rock on old man, Rock on.”
The family would like to send a thank you to all of the doctors and nurses that worked so hard on Hick to try to save him in the Cardiac ICU at Yale New Haven Hospital.
The hours for visitation will be Thursday from 4-8pm at the West Haven Funeral Home at the Green. A Funeral Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday morning at 11 o’clock. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial donation may be made in Roberts name to the American Cancer Society Centralized Memorial Processing Center 30 Speen Street Framingham, MA. 01701.