Michael King, 61
PAXTON - Michael King, 61, passed away suddenly while hiking on Sunday, November 13, 2016. He was predeceased by his father Herman (Roger) King, his mother Mary (McGrail) King, and his brother Thomas King.
Michael was a Probation Officer for the Worcester Family and Probate Court before his retirement last August. He graduated from North Adams State College, and went on to earn his MBA at Clark University, a history degree from Worcester State College and a master's degree in theology from Weston School of Theology in Boston. Michael lived in Rhodesia for several years in the late 1970's, traveled through most of the United States, and hiked through Europe several times, as well as several attempts at the Appalachian Mountain Trail. Being a man of Christen beliefs, he was proud to have recently completed hiking the St. James Pilgrimage (El Camino Santiago) through Spain. Michael enjoyed reading, hiking, driving long distances, and watching his five children play hockey and lacrosse.
Michael is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Harrity), his sons Dominick and Sean, his daughters Bridget, Molly and Katherine, two grandchildren Reagan and Jameson, his sister Sheila and her husband William, his cousin Maureen Selen, his in-laws James Harrity, Maureen Patterson, Joanne Deschenes, Jean Conway and their spouses, and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, and dear friends.
Although Michael was a man of few words, he spoke volumes and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Church, Worcester, MA. Calling hours will take place in the Athy Memorial Home on Thursday, November 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. Burial will take place in Mooreland Cemetery in Paxton.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 14 to Nov. 17, 2016.