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Northside icon, Bill 'Mr. Hardware' Dickhaus dead at 88

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CINCINNATI – A local icon of Cincinnati’s Northside neighborhood passed away Friday evening.

William “Bill” Dickhaus, owner of Ace Hardware and Electric Co. for over 60 years, died at the age of 88.

“That’s all he knew was that store front,” said Mike Arrequin, a long time friend of the man known as “Mr. Hardware. “And everyone knew him.”

The news broke of Dickhaus’ passing on the Facebook page  . . . only in Northside! Saturday. Longtime customers began to memorialize the man with a photographic memory of all the supplies stuffed inside his Hamilton Avenue store.

I went there with my mom in the 70's, started shopping there for my own home in the mid 80's and my sons worked there in the 90's. Bill and his store are Northside legends,” wrote Erin Phillips.

According to online reports, Dickhaus had a stroke in August.

Arrequine said he spent years buying supplies from Dickhaus for houses he owned and repaired.

“He had four generations of people shopping at his business,” Arrequin said. “He was just a good friend. Bill was an icon to Northside.”

Arrequin said Dickhaus’ daughter and bookkeeper were finalizing the arrangements for Dickhaus’ funeral Saturday morning.

Those arrangement were to be posted on the Northside facebook page.

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