John R. KingSeptember 16, 1946 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 70)
John (Jack) Russell King passed away unexpectedly of a broken heart on May 13th, 2017 at the age of 70. Jack, a lifelong resident of East Hampton was pre-deceased by his loving wife of 47 years Maureen “Mo” King, his father Kenneth, his mother Virgina (Sage) and his step-mother Alice. Jack is survived by his three sons, Matthew and his wife Sheileen of West Hartford, CT, Joshua and his wife Dena of Middletown, RI and US Navy Commander Zachary and his wife Tiffany stationed in Yokosuka, Japan; four cherished grandchildren; Lily, Delaney, John and Patrick; his Sister Virginia “Binni” Galgano and her husband Peter and Sister Jean Thetreault and her Husband Gil. Jack was a devoted husband and father who always worked hard to provide for his family and was always there when someone needed him. He loved to teach and coach, an avid woodworker you could say he was a “Jack of all trades”. He started his teaching career at Hartford Public High School, moved on to Xavier High School in Middletown and eventually retired from the New Haven school system. In addition to teaching, Coach King or “Kinger" as he was known, was a well respected coach of many different sports. Whether it was Little League, CYO at St. Patrick’s, High School sports at Xavier, Mercy and Hamden Hall Preparatory School you could always ﬁnd him on a ﬁeld or court. In addition to teaching and coaching, Jack could always be found during the summer months at his favorite place in East Hampton, Sears Park. Jack’s happiest moments were spending time with his best friend and high school sweetheart and now they are together again. The King’s would like to thank the many friends and family that have been there for Jack and Maureen. Your love, support and compassion has been wonderful and will never be forgotten. A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 am on Thursday, May 18th at Spencer Funeral Home, 112 Main Street, East Hampton, CT 06424. Calling hours will be held at Spencer Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 17th from 6pm-8pm. Burial will be private at the request of the family. Online condolences may be made at www.spencerfuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of ﬂowers, donations may be made to Godspeed Opera House (www.goodspeed.org) in East Haddam, CT or to Hartford HealthCare at Home (www.hartfordhealthcare.org).