MANCHESTER - John Anthony King, 87, moved on to his afterlife on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, surrounded by his entire family, whom he loved so dearly.
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He was born and raised in Manchester, the fourth of seven children of Thomas and Bridget?(O'Malley)?King. He attended Manchester Central High School, where he later was inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame. After graduating from high school he served his country with distinction as a radioman, along with his three brothers, in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon his return to New Hampshire, John A. graduated summa cum laude from Saint Anselm College, and thereafter graduated with his master's degree from Boston University and was a few credits shy of his doctorate degree from B.U.
Prior to retiring John A. taught school, first in the Hooksett School System and then for many years in the Manchester City Schools. He also served as principal of Youngsville & Weston Schools, touching many young lives and making a difference. He also taught at the college level as an adjunct professor at Saint Anselm College. He went on to honorably serve the State of New Hampshire as director of probation for over 20 years and then held elected office for 10 years as a four-term state senator, serving as vice president of the New Hampshire Senate, and one term as state representative.
John A. was a spiritual man of strong faith who practiced his beliefs in his everyday life. His generosity was always displayed in quiet, humble ways, which oftentimes went unnoticed, but nonetheless made heartfelt effects on the receiver. He instilled in his children and grandchildren the importance of family loyalty and truly being there for each other with unconditional love.
John was a strong Democrat who was very active in local and federal politics, was a self-professed news junkie and was known to enjoy a good political discussion. He was a member of the American Legion Sweeney Post of Manchester, the Knights of Columbus, League of 1000 Men of the Precious Blood and was very proud of his Irish heritage, belonging to the Manchester chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America.
John A. King will always be remembered as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and more recently great-grandfather. He was predeceased by his only infant son and his beloved wife, Mary (Roberge) King. He was also predeceased by his three younger sisters, Irene (King) Smestad, Esther (King) Amsden and Patsy (King) Demers; as well as his older brothers, Frank King and Tom King. John leaves behind his only surviving brother, Peter J. King of Manchester; and his five loving daughters, Patty Ann Kraus and husband James, of Newburyport, Mass., Mary Ann Clogston and husband Dennis, of Pearland, Texas, Carol Ann Lafleur and husband Dan, Bridget Ann Flynn and husband Tom, and Evey Ann King, all of Manchester. John has nine grandchildren, James Anthony Kraus, Caitlin Bridget Kraus, Patrick Thomas Kraus, Jonathan Clogston, Kyle Anthony Lafleur, Meghan Mary Lafleur, Thomas Patrick Flynn, Casey Patrick Flynn, Nolan Patrick Flynn; and two great-grandchildren, Henley Clogston and Marshall James Long; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and lifelong friends.
services: A celebration of John A. King's life will begin with calling hours on Thursday, Jan. 10, at Lambert Funeral Home, 1799 Elm St., Manchester, at the corner of North and Elm streets from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, 14 Elm St., Manchester. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Bedford.
Donations may be made in memory of John A. King to the Precious Blood Monastery, at 700 Bridge St., Manchester, 03104. To send a message of condolence to the family, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Jan. 7, 2013