Richard “Dick” A. Nickey, a longtime resident of Playa del Rey, has died. He was 76.

Nickey passed away Oct. 29 in Hua Hin, Thailand after a battle with leukemia with his family by his side.

Born on Aug. 23, 1935, Nickey was raised in Chicago and he attended St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. and Purdue University.

Nickey,who served in the U.S. Army, studied and graduated from the University of Arizona, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

After earning a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in 1982, Nickey worked as an industrial engineer and later as a management consultant.

He moved to the “Jungle” area of Playa del Rey in the 1970s and shortly thereafter he purchased his home.

Nickey was a member and past president of the West Beach Playa del Rey Property Owners Association. He took great pride in living in Playa del Rey and was very involved with the annual “Jungle Clean-up.”

Nickey was one of the originalcommittee members to note the need for a clean-up at the end of each summer, and although he was very weak, he insisted on attending the 34th annual clean-up on Sept. 10.

Nickey loved to travel and was meticulous in making a scrap book about each trip, taking pleasure in regaling friends with pictures and comments.

Nickey was also proud to serve on the Los Angeles City Master Plan Committee from 1980 to 1983.

On a trip to Thailand, he met and later married his beloved and devoted wife, Sunan. He maintained homes in Playa del Rey and in Hua Hin.

Nickey is survived by his wife Sunan; three adult children, Michael, David and Susan Nickey Newton; and three grandchildren.

A celebration of his life is being planned in Playa del Rey. Additionally, neighbors said the 35th Annual Jungle Clean-up will be dedicated to Nickey.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Nickey’s name be made to the Leukemia Foundation.

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