WALLINGFORD - The Rev. John E. Kingsbury, 88, of Wallingford, departed this life on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at the Masonic Healthcare Center. He was the loving husband of Phyllis (Coffin) Kingsbury and the late Martha (Tomlinson) Kingsbury.
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John was born on Sept. 21, 1924, in Coventry, to the late John and Laura (Maskiell) Kingsbury. The Rev. Kingsbury received a bachelor's from Marietta College (Ohio) and a master's of Divinity from the Yale Divinity School. Over 40 years of ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ he served at: Student Summer Ser-vices N.D. early 1950's Alexis Congregational Church in Toledo, Ohio from 1952-1955, Pilgrim United in Cin-cinnati, Ohio from 1955-1959, Highlands Community Church in Springfield, Ohio from 1959-1966, First Con-gregational Church, new church start, in Streamwood, Ill., from 1966-1970, Grace UCC in Lancaster, Ohio from 1970-1986, and Sixteen St. John's UCC from 1986-1989. After retiring, he served as interim pastor for: First Congregational of Lyme of Hamburg Cove, First Congregational Church of Bethany, Woodmont UCC in Mil-ford, First Congregational of Waterbury, and served as Minister of Visitation to Ashlar Village for the First Con-gregational Church of Wallingford. He was an avid flower gardener and enjoyed weaving. His cooking carried on a family tradition of providing hospitality for many strangers turning them into friends.
He will be sadly missed by his children, John Aeschbury (Ann,) of Ohio, Barbara Morris (Gary,) of Torrington, David Kingsbury (Cynthia,) of Monroe, Peter Hodgins, of California; grandchildren, Alex, Greer and Madeline, of Ohio, and Andrea and Olivia, of Monroe.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Walling-ford, 23 South Main St., Wallingford. Burial at the Center Cemetery in Coventry will be private. It is suggested that memorial contributions may be directed to Masonic Charity Foundation, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492, the Connecticut Conference United Church of Christ, 125 Sherman St., Hartford, CT 06105 or the First Congregational Church of Wallingford for Camp Scholarships. To leave a message of hope and remembrance or for directions please visit www.BCBailey.com.
Published in The Record-Journal on Sept. 15, 2013