Kenneth A. King Jr., born in Springfield and raised in Enfield, died suddenly on Sunday, March 30, 2014, in England, where he had lived with his family since 1983. He was 64.
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King lived in the village of Denton, Northamptonshire, England, about an hour north of London, and retired last year after a long career as an analyst with Whitbread, a multinational hotel, hospitality, and restaurant company. He graduated from Enfield High School in 1967 near the top of his class, and matriculated at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., graduating in 1971. While at William & Mary, King earned a post-graduate scholarship to Cambridge University in England, a fortuitous event because it enabled him to meet his future wife, Jane Tozer. They were married in England in 1977, and moved there six years later to stay.
King is survived by his wife, Jane; a daughter, Charlotte Walters of Litchfield, England; a son, Adam King of Valencia, Spain; son-in-law, Jonny Walters; his grandson, Thomas Walters; a sister, Pam Whiteley of Somers; a brother, Peter of New York City; brother-in-law, Bob Whiteley of Somers; sisters-in-law, Ann King of New York City and Caroline King of South Windsor; nieces, Katie Cormier, Elizabeth Whiteley, Laura King, Mary Beth King, and Laila King; and a nephew, Evan King. He was predeceased by his daughter, Sally; a brother, Robert; and his parents, Kenneth (Lefty) and Phyllis (Crombie) King.
Private services will be held in Kingsclere, Hampshire, England.
His family has suggested that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of memorial donations to WaterAid
an international agency that provides access in underprivileged areas to safe water, hygiene, and sanitation.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 2 to Apr. 6, 2014