Karl Michael Dickerson, 44, of Albany, passed away suddenly at his home on September 4, 2017. Karl was born in Troy and was the son of the late Darlene Miles. Karl spent his childhood in Troy, and attended Troy Schools.
After graduating, Karl began working as a child care worker. He was employed by a variety of agencies in the Capital Region including Vanderhyden, Berkshire Farms, St. Anne's, and Northeast Parent and Child Center.
During his time as a child care worker, Karl discovered his passion and mission in life to help, advise, mentor, guide and rescue as many youth as possible. He took his personal experiences and used them to connect with other children overcome whatever obstacles they may have had.
Karl was the founder and instructor of Kadoshin Karate School. He provided free Karate lessons to neighborhood children in an attempt to foster self-discipline and structure. He also volunteered at Trinity Alliance and Arbor Hill C.O.G.I.C. in Albany. Karl was involved in a number of political campaigns, and was active in the PTA.
Karl's desire to make a difference in the lives of children, led him and his wife to become foster parents. They eventually adopted two of the boys they fostered, providing them with a loving family and home.
Karl also enjoyed cooking, and learned Italian cuisine from Michael LoPorto, over the years. He enjoyed visiting those he loved, but you could never expect him to stay too long. Karl had a special way of brightening up a room. Whether he was playing "Dominick the Donkey" to a room full of Italians on Christmas Eve, or walking down the hallways of a school building, during the Spring, singing "Silver Bells," Karl was always trying to bring joy to others.
His quirkiness and sense of humor was only surpassed by his giving, compassionate, and loving nature.
Karl is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Maysline (Portious), his children; Taevon Jones, Taviana Kemp, Javier Dickerson, Donovan Dickerson, foster-child Kyle, and five grandchildren; Alaya, Aaliyah, Julian, Saige and Mei Mei.
In addition, Karl leaves behind his siblings, Kelley Miles, Davies (Jack), Gay Miles, Mellissa Dickerson, Gina Dickerson, Izel Dickerson, Jr., Allen Rivers Jr. (Jesenia) and Rebecca Thompsons (Kendo).
He is also survived by his grandmother, Gertrude Miles (James Miles deceased) and several nieces, nephews and great-nephews.
Karl had several adults who he appreciated and loved who played an invaluable role in his life. Among them were his devoted mentor, father figure, and friend Mike Blair and his former teacher and "mom", Toni Garcia.
Also influential in his life high school teacher, Rita Cao-Garcia, social worker Bobbie Siegel and "Big brother" Peter.
The love was reciprocal. Their bond of mutual love will never be broken, not even by death.
Calling hours will be held at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 343 New Karner Rd., Colonie, on Sunday, September 10th from 2-5 p.m.
The funeral service will take place at Arbor Hill C.O.G.I.C., 40 Lark St, Albany, on Monday, September 11th at 12 Noon. A calling hour will precede the service from 11 am- 12 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region, 15 Trinity Pl, Albany, NY 12202.
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