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John W. King

May 1, 2020


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KING, John W. of Dorchester, formerly of Stuart, FL, Plainville, Ma. and Natick, Ma. May 1, 2020. He was born in Saugus, Mass. On Christmas day Dec. 25, 1924 the beloved son of the late Joseph E. and Alice V. (Rennie) King. John was predeceased by his loving brother Joseph C. and his wife Frances and loving sister Marie Madison and her husband Woodrow Madison, also by her first husband, Sam Cole.

John was a World War II Veteran who enlisted in 1942 in the United States Navy. During the War John’s ship, the USS Pioneer was responsible for the rescue of over 600 US servicemen, survivors of the sinking of the troop transport HTM Rohna in the Mediterranean in 1943. After the war John studied music at the Arlington Academy of Music and graduated in 1949 with a degree in Advanced Saxophone. His love of Jazz was a lifelong pursuit. Later He was employed at Sears Roebuck where he enjoyed an extremely successful sales career. John eventually found himself working for Baker Industries and running the Brindlehof Ski Lodge in Killington where he was a member of the ski school. As well as skiing John also had a passion for tennis and was involved in many local leagues. John also cherished his trips to visit his aunts, uncles and cousins and their families in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Members of his family include many nieces and nephews. The late Joseph C. King II, Denise M. King of Dorchester, William P. King and his wife Helen of Salem, James P. King of Dorchester, Regina M. King and her partner Robert of Rockland, Christine M. (King) Thompson and her husband John of Dorchester, John F. King and his wife Jane of San Antonio, TX, Robert D. King and his wife Sheila of Braintree. Janette Villemaire of Merrimack, N.H., and Sandy Cole-Brown and Kevin Brown of Sanford, N.C. Also many great nieces and nephews including Heidi, Heather, Holly, Lisa, Dan, Tina, Nicole, Alicia, Samantha, Jessica, Lauren, Michael, Richard, Rachael, Caroline, Joseph, Katie, Brian, Christopher, Maria and the late Kevin. John is also survived by several great nieces and great nephews. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in John's name to the USO, www.uso.org/donate. Retired Navy Veteran of WWII. Due to the current health crisis, a graveside service with full military honors will take place in Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at a later date.

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