Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


Richard William Stocks

August 22, 1944November 20, 2019

BREWSTER – Richard W. (Dick) Stocks, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He was the husband to the love of his life, Sharon C. (Sheri) Stocks and the son of the late William and Adele Stocks. He was born in Hartford, CT and graduated from Manchester High School in 1962. He studied at Hartt College of Music and Morse Business College, where he majored in composition, theory, and business management. He was a member of the 102nd Army Band and spent six years in the army reserves. He was married to his high school sweetheart for 52 years and they have resided on the Cape since 1976. Dick and Sheri owned and operated a charming store in Orleans – The Wood’N Nickel - for nine years. Dick was a music teacher, arranger, composer and performer. He was the Director of Music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Orleans and played in many bands, theaters and at countless functions throughout the years. He was multi-talented and extremely passionate with everything he did. He cared about making a difference in the lives of his students and everyone he met. He loved to golf, woodworking projects, playing softball, his “prize” rhody’s and spending time with his family and friends. He was kind, sweet, selfless, and smart and led his life always with a great sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Sheri, and his two daughters: Kerry (Stocks) Vye and her husband Jim of Portsmouth, RI; Jennifer (Stocks) Schwartz and her husband Ken of Middletown, RI; his three grandchildren: Connor Vye, Kylie and Ryan Schwartz; and his sister-in-law Susan Coe O’Brien. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am at Brewster Baptist Church on Thursday, December 12, 2019 followed by a celebration of life at The Captain Linnell House in Orleans. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Fresenius Kidney Care Cape Cod, 241 Willow St, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675. For online condolences please visit: http://www.nickersonfunerals.com


  • Sharon "Sheri" Stocks, wife
  • Kerry Vye, Daughter
  • Jennifer Schwartz, Daughter
  • Richard also leaves his three beloved grandchildren: Connor Vye, Kylie and Ryan Schwartz.


11 December

Visiting Hours

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way
Orleans, MA

12 December

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Brewster Baptist Church

1848 Main St.
Brewster, MA


Richard William Stocks

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December 8, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Richard's passing. Our families were friends since my early childhood. I still remember Richard playing the accordion every Christmas Eve at there home in Manchester. His band played at our wedding in 1967. He was so talented and a great guy. It was nice to see him at all our class reunions, doing what he loved. He will be missed.

Bob Edelson

Karen Bryden-Gangemi

December 4, 2019

To my dearest Sherri and girls....
Just finding out of my long time friend and mentors passing. My heart aches for you all as I know how much he loved his family, friends and life!
I have reached out to many of his music family and they are in absolute disbelief of his passing. Dick was a dear friend to me and so supportive of my musical journey on the Cape. I will never forget him and he will always hold a Special place in my heart. Keep playing your music in heaven Dick, and hug my Jen while your there .........now I get to miss you both.

Cathy Croce

December 4, 2019

Dear Sheri, Jen, Kerry & family,
Been thinking a lot lately of all the good times the four and three of us have shared over the years. Sheri’s parents actually introduced Arthur & I to Dick and Sheri. Inez worked at Mid Cape and so did Arthur. We four had great chemistry.

I am writing this with such sadness in my heart. Dick was such a force. Great wit, sense of humor and empathy for others. He adored Sheri, the girls, and their grandchildren. You all carry his heart and his legacy. Know it won’t be an easy road ahead. The grief and missing him will be so overwhelming at times. Just go to all the memories and love for each other you shared. It will soften your grief.

I’m so sorry I can’t make the service, but know as soon as I get back up there Sheri and I will get together and reminisce our dear husbands.
May your grief be gentle. Rest In Peace, dear friend.
All my love, Cathy, Cara & Peter Croce

Nathan Nickerson III

December 4, 2019

I was shocked and saddened with the news of my friends passing. What a great upbeat and extremely talented guy. He and Tom Tracey played at my wedding some 40 years ago. He was way to young for me to be writing this. So we have lost another artist who made our world much more beautiful.
Rest in PEACE my friend
Nate Nickerson

Ricky Larson

December 3, 2019

Remembering all the good times and fun we had back in school. So sorry to hear about Dick.

Thomas Petruso

December 3, 2019

I had the pleasure of playing in some shows with Dick at HJT in recent years, where he always kept me entertained backstage with tales from his long career and lessons learned from musicians both famous and obscure. His dedication to his art and family was admirable. My condolences to his loved ones.

Robin Walker

December 2, 2019

Sheri, Kerry, Jennifer and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. What a wonderful man he was. I can still see his smiling face each time Kerry or Jennifer went out to cheer at Nauset. He loved his family and it showed in his smile. Please think of the wonderful memories that you had with him and let those memories get you through the sorrow. With Deepest Sympathy, Robin Walker

Jim Kezer

December 2, 2019

Sheri so sad to hear about Dick's crossing over you both have been great friends and people close to me. I will always cherish our times together. Any time I go dancing I will always be seeing Dick in the back round. I can still hear that sax. God bless and take care

Chloe G

December 1, 2019

Mr. Stocks always made our lessons fun and you could tell he truly wanted his students to enjoy music, not just go through the motions. He would always tell me funny and interesting stories about his life, and even when he would repeat one to me I could never tell him I already knew it! I’ll think of him whenever I pick up my guitar.

Daniel Martin

December 1, 2019

his musical inspiration for many he was my guitar teacher and every Wednesday I would get lessons from this wonderful soul. Full of love and I always felt like one his sons,