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John Stewart King

John Stewart King, 89, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at his home.

Born in Cincinnatus, NY on June 11, 1922, John was a son of the late John D. and Esther Jerlean Gillum King. A lifelong resident, he was veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corp from 1942 to 1946. While in the military, he was a bass violin and bass horn player for the 548 Army Air Corp Band in the South Pacific. After the service, he was a bass player and drum major for the Cincinnatus Civic Band. He was a member of the American Legion Post #1, Albany and member and Past Master of the Otselic Valley #659 F&AM. He was also a member of the Cincinnatus Fire Department and was active as a Little League coach and scout master. He served on the Cincinnatus Youth Commission which was instrumental in the installation of the Cincinnatus swimming pool and helped to build the original nativity scene which can still be found outside of Heritage Hall each Christmas. He retired from Tioga Auto Parts, Tioga Center, in 1986 where he worked as the inventory control manager.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley King, of Cincinnatus, and his children, Eric (Susan) King of Tallahassee, FL, Jan (Larry) Pudney of Mesa, AZ, and Brad King of Gloversville; and his stepchildren, Jeffrey (Lauri) Smith, Zachary (Connie) Smith, Jacqueline (Randy) Closson, and Melanie (Tim) Campbell, all of Cincinnatus, and Mandy (Gary) Astles of Trumansburg. He also leaves behind a sister, Dorothy McNally of Cincinnatus; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 12 step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara, in 2003; a son, Adam, in 2008; a sister, Margaret Klumpp in 2008; and a brother, Gordon King, in 2011.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 31, 2011, at 11:00 a.m., at Heritage Hall with Fred M.S. Downs officiating. The family will be present to receive friends at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with a Masonic Service to be held at 7:00 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of John may be directed to the Cincinnatus Emergency Squad, c/o Elaine Oros, 5771 McFarlane Road, Cincinnatus, NY 13040 or the family has requested that, if possible, a donation of blood be made to the American Red Cross to help save a life.


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This is such sad news- Uncle Johnny was a very dear man, always kind and smiling with a song to be sung!
Our deepest sympathy to all~ Greg and Josette Potter

Greg and Josette Potter Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Aunt Shirley, Jan and Lary and the rest of the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless

John and Wanita Brooker Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of John's death. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. I am "still" that neighbor if you need anything.

Lynne Jack Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND
FAMILY AT THIS TIME OF YOUR
LOSS.

WILLIAM & BARBARA GREENE Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

OUR SYMPATHIES TO YOU AT THIS
TIME OF YOUR LOSS

KEN & RUTH BLANCHARD Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

Though he had wanted to live until he was 90, John Stewart King passed away peacefully in his home in Cincinnatus, NY at 89 years young. Grandpa was a very talented wood carver who truly enjoyed life and his family.

I fondly remember as a child, Grandma and Grandpa living in the Adirondack Mountains with their Scottish Terriers, (in the home we called "camp"), working on his wood crafts, going to craft fairs and antique shows.

Grandpa loved his Manhattans and whistled a merry tune as he worked. Occasionally he would wiggle his nose and sniffle, (due to a childhood accident where he rode through his mother's clothesline). He hummed as he ate, especially when the meal was delicious. He had lost part of two fingers in a saw accident. (His craft was somewhat dangerous.)

Though we didn't see him and Grandma as often as we would have liked, the memories are wonderful. He truly loved his grandchildren and made us feel special.

Today the world lost another World War II vet and I lost one of the most important men in my life. RIP Grandpa, I know you are comfortable. I'm looking forward to another Guardian Angel watching over me. Grandpa died on my Grandmother's birthday and that was HIS plan.

Emily King Brinkman Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO SHIRLEY AND DUSSY IN THE LOSS OF THEIR BELOVED JOHN.
HE IS AT PEACE WITH HIS PARENTS, SON ADAM, SISTER PEG AND MY BEST FRIEND GORDY.

MY LOVE TO YOU ALL. TOM

Thomas C. Jones, Jr. Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for you loss. It is never easy loosing someone.

Emma Keator Scott Aug 7 2012 12:00 AM

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