John King

John King, 88, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 3 after a long illness.

John was born on March 19, 1929 in Manhattan, NYC to John and May Memory King and raised in the Bronx. After graduation from Harren High School in Manhattan, John enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1946-1949 and was stationed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. During the summer cadet training cruise, John sailed on the famed tall ship “Eagle.” After graduation from the Univ. of Miami law school on the GI Bill, John practiced law in the private sector in Florida before moving to Washington, DC where he began his career in contract law.

In Washington he met his future wife, Marie, and they were married on March 23, 1956. In the early years of their marriage, John and Marie lived in Silver Spring, MD. In 1968 the family moved to Rochester, NY where John took a position at the Univ. of Rochester. It was in upstate NY that the family enjoyed skiing, sailing on Canandaigua Lake, and camping in the Adirondacks.

John was an excellent chess player, having learned the game as a youngster. He could often be found re-playing the games of the masters from the many chess books he owned, and loved teaching his children, grandchildren and neighborhood youngsters how to play.

Although he earned a living as a lawyer/administrator, John’s true passion was photography. This passion began in 1961 when he received a 35mm camera as a birthday gift. Wherever he lived, John always had a darkroom and, over the years, he exhibited his photographs at various art shows and galleries in upstate NY. In 1986, John along with other photographers contributed their photos of 19th and 20th Century buildings in Genesee County for publication in the book, The Architectural Heritage of Genesee County, New York. John was truly a “creative spirit”.

John was a member of the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church. He was a “born in the pews Presbyterian;” wherever he lived, he joined a Presbyterian church. He was an ordained deacon and elder, sang in the choir and taught adult Sunday School classes at the various churches where he was a member. While living in Oneonta, NY, John trained as a lay preacher and conducted Sunday services at several of the churches in that area.

John was predeceased by his sister, Gladys Williams and brother-in-law, Lawrence Williams. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, the Rev. Marie King; children John W. King (Peggy) of Berea, OH; Jennifer Rossetti of Wellesley, MA; Christopher King of Hunlock Creek, PA, and Lisa Grenier of Philadelphia, PA; grandchildren Peter Rossetti (Kate), Charlie Rossetti, Courtney King (Chase), Caitlin King, Madeline King, and Jordan Rossetti, brother-in-law, William Kucher, and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the Staff at Saratoga Community Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of John during his illness, especially Arlene, Alice and Rosalie.

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Friday, July 7 from 4pm to 7pm at Armer Funeral Home., Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 8 at the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the West Charlton United Presbyterian Church memorial fund, 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton, NY 12010 or Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Guest Book


So sorry for your loss, John. My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Clayton Walters

There is nothing I can say so I will share a few tears with you Chris.

Rosemarie and Augusto Sarmiento

Marie and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. No words can make your pain go away. At least we know John is at peace and with the Lord. Hopefully, time will help to heal your hearts and thoughts.

Joe Marchesani

John, I continue to treasure the time I was able to share with you and your family while I was in Rochester in the late sixties and early seventies. You lived with a most expressive passion, a zest for life that was truly inspirational. I remember conversations about Van Gogh's letters and photographers whom you admired, conversations that opened up my understanding about living life more directly, more fully, and deeply -- especially when life might feel less comfortable. Those are truths that will be with me for as long as I live. Thank you for your enduring example of a life well-lived.

Roger and Liz (Garner) Erricker

Marie, Johnny, Jennifer, Christopher and families, we are so saddened to hear of John's passing. The Garners have very dear long-rooted memories of the Kings from Silver Spring to Rochester, and we hold those memories close. We will pray for peace in your hearts, knowing that John has now found His peace. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives, and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Judith Sweet

So sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful, personable and kind gentleman who will be sorely missed. May your fond memories of him help you get through this difficult time.

Jeanne & Bob Rice

May God's blessings be with you, Marie, and your family as you remember John. You will be in our prayers this week and especially on Saturday as we all celebrate John's life. He will forever be a loving and heartfelt memory in our lives. God bless!!