David Kingsbury

BERLIN - David Hotaling Kingsbury, beloved husband of June Troup Kingsbury, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the age of 91, after a long life well lived.

He was born on Jan. 29, 1923, in Constantinople, Turkey, where his parents were teaching missionaries. He lived in Berlin for most of his life and graduated from Westminster School and Dartmouth College. He was a member of the Berlin Congregational Church. David was employed by Prentice Manufacturing Company in Kensington, and as an engineer at New Departure-Hyatt in Bristol. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and was on his way to take part in the invasion of Japan when World War II ended. After serving in Occupied Japan he returned home, and was later called up as a reservist during the Korean War. Together David and June raised five children in Berlin. He instilled in them the importance of family, a good education, and hard work. In his later years he spent summers at his favorite place, his family home on Lake Champlain in North Hero, Vt. There he could be found tending his flower gardens, puttering around the shoreline, boating or sitting on the porch. It was a place that brought him great joy and peace as he spent time with his extended family. David loved bicycling, skiing, and tennis, and he played tennis three times a week into his eighties. David was predeceased by his parents, John Howard Kingsbury and Ruth Kingsbury; his siblings, Wallace Kingsbury and Joyce Dickie; and an infant son, John Howard Kingsbury II.

He will be forever missed by his wife and by his surviving children, Fred Kingsbury, of Nova Scotia, Lois Kingsbury, of Berlin, Alice and Albert McCurdy, of California, David Kingsbury, of California, and Molly and Francis Onofrio, of Berlin. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, David Kingsbury and his wife, Jaimi, Zoe Kingsbury, Emily and Madeline Onofrio, and Jessie and Hannah McCurdy; as well as his nieces and nephews.

His children are forever thankful for the love and tender care that Junie provided to David in his later years.

A celebration of David's life will be held in North Hero, Vt., in the summer. The family suggests that a good way to remember David would be to do a kind act for someone.

Published in Berlin Citizen on May 1, 2014