OBITUARY

CDR Paul G. Dix, USN (Ret.)

August 4, 1933June 6, 2021
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CDR Paul G. Dix, USN (Ret.) -- Paul Grover Dix, of Annapolis, MD, passed away on June 6, 2021 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center following complications from surgery.

Born in Norwich, CT in 1933, to E. Pauline and Leon Elder Dix, Paul spent 30 years of his life in service to his country in the United States Navy. Enlisting at age 17, Paul began his time in the Navy as a sailor aboard the USS Midway, but spent the majority of his naval career in submarines, completing Submarine School in 1952, Naval Nuclear Power Training in 1955, and serving while enlisted aboard the USS Grouper and USS Seawolf.

Following his commissioning in 1961, Paul completed Naval School Diving and Salvage in 1965. Paul served as the Officer in Charge aboard the U.S.S. X-1 research submarine out of Naval Station Annapolis from 1968 to 1971. Paul also served aboard the USS Irex, the USS Sirago, and the USS Ortolan, in addition to several postings throughout the country, including serving as the Executive Officer of Submarine Base San Diego, CA from 1976 to 1978, and Commanding Officer of the Naval Damage Control Training Center in Philadelphia, PA from 1978 to 1980. Having served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars and throughout the Cold War, Paul retired as a Commander in 1980.

Paul was an active member of the Fleet Reserve Association for over 50 years, serving in many roles including President of Branch 24 in Annapolis in 1991, and as Regional President – East Coast in 1994/1995. Paul was also a member of American Legion Post 7 in Crownsville, MD, as well as a charter member and life member of Elks Lodge 2163 in Groton, Ct.

Following his naval career, Paul entered the civilian nuclear power industry in 1983 as the Material Manager at Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Forked River, NJ. Paul spent five years at Oyster Creek before settling down in Annapolis and starting his own marine services company, Dolphin Marine Enterprises, in 1988, and later receiving his 100 ton US Coast Guard Captain’s License in 1993. After 15 years of yacht deliveries, professional captaining, and consulting with new or prospective yacht owners, Paul retired in 2003 to travel and spend more time with family and friends. A dedicated Ravens fan, Paul enjoyed barbecuing, meticulously maintaining his yard, and spending time on the water whenever possible, especially during his time as owner of the sailing vessel Mustang, long an institution at the City Dock in Annapolis. He also greatly enjoyed time spent traveling up and down the East Coast with his wife of 22 years, Helen Ann Dix, nee Lewnes, to visit his children and grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert. He is survived by his wife; sister-in-law Anita Dix of Lindenwold, NJ; daughter Karen Alvey (Christopher) of Lusby, MD; daughter Pamela Chirico of Jacksonville Beach, FL; son Kevin Dix of Greenfield, MA; step-daughter Anita McPherson (Robert) of San Rafael, CA; step-son David Ryker of Annapolis, MD; granddaughter Lindsay Alvey; and grandsons Zachary Chirico, Jason Alvey, and Benjamin Knight. In addition to his immediate family, Paul will be missed by his extended family members, as well as his many friends and shipmates. Visitation will be on June 14th from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 8pm at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis, with a memorial service to follow at the funeral home on June 15th at 10:00am and burial with military honors to follow at 11:30am at the Crownsville Veterans’ Cemetery. (Those that are attending, the family requests that you please wear a mask). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Paul’s memory to the American Heart Association.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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CDR Paul G. Dix, USN (Ret.)

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Debbie Dix-Chirico

June 12, 2021

Our heartfelt condolences to you Ann and all of the family. We are so sorry to hear of Uncle Paul's passing. He will be missed so much and will forever be in our hearts thru memories. He will watch over you and all of us and guide you thru all of this sadness. We had such good memories of celebrating some of his milestones in life. Special birthdays that were such fun to be included on. Rest in peace Uncle Paul , We Love and will miss you. Please give Dad a hug for all of us in heaven. Love your Niece Debbie, Mark and Mom

Jaunell Cloud

June 12, 2021

Although I didn’t know Mr. Dix my condolences goes out to the entire family, especially Pam. I met Pam a year or so ago and during this time I listen to her talk at times about her family. It was plain to see she was a Daddy’s girl. Hopefully she and his family can find peace and comfort by all the great memories shared with him. RIP Mr. Dix.

William Maxey

June 10, 2021

Shipmate Paul was our FRA Branch 24 Historian and sharp memory of times and events brought the past to life. He will never be replaced, we were all fortunate to have him in our Veteran lives. We miss you Shipmate.

Mary Calhoun

June 9, 2021

I send my sincere condolences to Paul’s family and especially to his wife Ann. Paul loved his family and his country. He took pride in his yard, he was loyal to the Ravens and above all he was always there to help anyone that needed him. I am honored to have known him and to have experienced his kind heart.
May you Rest In Peace, my friend, Mary

Lew Bearden

June 7, 2021

Paul Dix was a Shipmate, a Fellow FRA member, a fellow submariner and a friend. My condolences and prayers go out to the family. Paul was a great leader and a mentor to a lot of new FRA members. We will greatly miss his friendship. RIP Shipmate, we have the watch, you stand relieved.

Brian Jones

June 7, 2021

My deepest condolences on your loss. Shipmate Paul will be missed by his fellow shipmates.
In Loyalty, Protection and Service,
Brian Jones, Branch 093
Regional President East Coast
Fleet Reserve Association

Penny Collins

June 7, 2021

Shipmate PRPEC Paul G. Dix was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. Annapolis Branch 24. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history of Branch 24. Shipmate Paul was the former Chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee for the Branch. He provided consultation on changes in the Bylaws. As a very senior member of Branch 24, Shipmate Dix joined the FRA in 1964. He had 57 years of dedicated volunteer service to the Sea Service veterans of the FRA. He will be sorely missed...Penny Collins