Robert Dickstein, 89


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Robert Alan Dickstein  died Sept. 16.  He was born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late Solomon and Lenore (Felcher) Dickstein. After moving frequently as a child, he settled in Roslyn Heights, New York. He moved to Providence 15 years ago, most recently residing at the Highlands on the East Side and Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he received compassionate care.

Bob had a successful career as a commercial photographer, and was rarely seen without a camera in his hand. He traveled all over the world with his cameras. A favorite project took him across the country to capture a slice of America through a history of clocks, which was produced into a book, “Horology Americana.” He believed that the art of photography was about using light to create goodness and meaning, and to push back against darkness.

He cared deeply about supporting others who were struggling to express themselves through art, and was considered to be a mentor by many.  In the end, he did “rage against the dying of the light.”

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; children Marc (Deborah) and Susan (Tony Saccone) Dickstein; sister Joan Goldberger; sister-in-law Alice; grandchildren Matthew, Eric and Lila Dickstein and Max, Alexander and Benjamin Saccone; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends and creative souls.  He was the brother of the late George Dickstein.

Contributions in his memory to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.