Charlie Dick, the widower of Patsy Cline and lifelong champion of her music, died in his sleep on Sunday, Nov. 8 at the age of 81.
After a year-long courtship, the two married on Sept. 15, 1957. The couple had two children, Julie and Randy, before Cline’s tragic death in a plane crash on March 5, 1963. After his wife’s passing, Dick immersed himself in the music industry and began working as a record promoter.
Although he remarried just two years after Cline’s passing, Dick stayed dedicated to keeping Patsy’s legacy alive. He helped spark a new interest in Patsy’s music by assisting Beverly D’Angelo with her portrayal of the singer in the 1980 film Coal Miner’s Daughter, and the subsequent reissue of Cline’s 1967 Greatest Hits album.
In the 1990s, Dick helped to develop two popular documentaries, The Real Patsy Cline and Remembering Patsy. He also championed the 1997 release of Patsy Cline: Live at the Cimarron Ballroom, an album that featured previously-lost live recordings.
Dick remembered his wife as a “She was what you’d call a career gal today,” Dick told People in a 1985 interview. “Patsy said to me before we got married, ‘Someday I’m gonna be a famous singer, and if you want to be beside me, then let’s do it.’”
Funeral arrangements for Charlie Dick are currently pending.