Robert King

Robert “Bob” Woodward King, age 94, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2020. Bob was the third of six children, born to the late Christian and Helen King on February 5, 1926 in Glenville, NY. He grew up in Ballston Spa on his family farm and attended Ballston Spa Central Schools.

Drafted into the US Army in 1944 and trained as an infantryman, Bob received an honorable discharge and subsequently became employed by General Electric where he worked as a machinist for 33 years until his retirement in 1990. During this time, he was also the proprietor of The Gateway and King’s Taverns in Scotia for 14 years, serving his loyal patrons and hosting banquets, which fed his desire to throw a good party.

He had a deep and abiding love for his wife of 67 years, Angeline (Curtiss) King. He was extremely proud of the home they built together on Hop City Road. He unconditionally loved and unfailingly supported his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His only disappointment in them was that they didn’t live right next door.

Fond memories recalled by Bob’s family and friends include camping on Schroon River, gardening in his gigantic garden, bowling (forever in pursuit of that perfect 300) and golfing with his buddies, playing and sometimes winning Lotto, landing cannon balls in the backyard pool with his children and grandchildren (a very fun papa!), listening to country music, and faithfully cheering for RPI football, Syracuse basketball, the Mets, and the Yankees. Nothing made him happier than eating a Stewart’s ice cream cone while reminiscing about days gone by, as well as participating in King family sing-alongs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his three daughters, Eileen Rickard (Patrick) of Rochester, Marylou Sarraf (Todd) of Ballston Spa, and Bonnie Comella of Ithaca; one son, Dale King (Jami Labshere) of Ballston Spa; two sisters, Elizabeth Byrnes of Ballston Spa and Carol (Frank) Williams of Newbury, New Hampshire; eleven grandchildren, Todd Rickard (Holly), Keith Rickard (Jamie Canfield), Briana Ranes (Jason), Heather Darling (Jared), Linda Anderson (Ryan), Susan Rago (Jordan), Charlie Campbell, Megan Sarraf, Sean Sarraf (Emily), Isabel Comella, and Ingrid Comella. Additionally, he is survived by fourteen great-grandchildren: Krista and Justin Rickard; Keenan, Callen, and Brielle Rickard; Alana, Josiah, Margaret, and Jameson Ranes; Anson, Loralie, Grady, and Killian Darling; and Emma Anderson. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Mabel King, many nieces and nephews, and Curtiss family brothers and sisters-in-law, all of whom he greatly adored.

He is predeceased by his brothers, Albert King and Gerry (Laura) King; sister Mildred (Lacy) King; brother-in-law Leo Byrnes; and sweet great-granddaughter, Meredith Anderson. The family of Bob King would like to thank the staffs of Ellis Hospital, Glendale Rehabilitation Center, Brookdale Assisted Living Community, and neighbors Sean and Linda Wood for the kindness and compassion they demonstrated over the last few years.

A closed, in-person memorial service will be held on December 30th at 11am; however, friends and family are invited to watch via live stream link at

A burial and celebration of Bob’s life will be held in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 15 W. High Street in Ballston Spa, where Bob was a long-time member and church service usher. Gifts will be directed to the church’s food pantry.

Guest Book

Kelsey Ruiz

I will miss Uncle Bob so much, but I know he is in a better place now with no pain, smiling down on all of us. He always made me laugh with the stories that he told. Whenever he walked into a room, Uncle Bob had the biggest smile on his face. I will never forget that smile. To all of the King family, you are in my prayers.

Diane St. Onge

So sorry for your loss!
What a wonderful man Bob was!
He was so gentle and kind!
I know he will be missed by all!
God Bless you all!

Carol and Frank Williams

My dear brother as you use to call me when I was a young girl "Caroline". Making cream puffs for you and did with your last visit to our home. Good times and family fun. Tease is what you did best. Oh Lord help me, if I missed church when visiting. Frankie who you thought was Italian when dating him. Frank will miss your talks on the phone as well as I. "Brother Bob here", is how you announced yourself. Frank and I loved your stories and family history. It is with great sorrow you have left us. Love to many, Angie, Eileen Dale, Marylou and Bonnie. With mixed emotions and teary eyed we say good bye for now. As you would go upstairs to bed when we were young "forgive me Mom. Love you, Brother in law and sister, Frank and Carol

Desiree Bray Bernert

Dear Dale and Marylou, I'm so very sorry to hear of your fathers passing, he was an amazing father and fun dad. Keeping you all in my prayers for comfort and peace. I'm so very sorry...sending our love to you all. God bless you and the family.

Donna Shorkey

Uncle Bob, I will always have my countless memories of a kind, fun and loving uncle. So glad I was able to visit your home and spend so much time with you over the years, for as long as I can remember! Loved our many talks about family, friends and gardening among other things. Thank you for happily sharing your bountiful garden produce with us, too! You are very special and I will miss you. Love, Donna

Paul St. Onge

Truly sorry to lose a great man. Known Bob for about 50 years. He was my friend, mentor and teacher. We played golf together, bowled for many years, planned and attended many banquets for golf and bowling leagues.
Most of all his love for Angie and family was ever present. He will be missed by many for sure.

Kathy Robertson

I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing, Marylou. Your special memories of him will always be with you, and you will see him again one day. Prayers of comfort and peace for all of you.

Mary Williams

Marylou I am so very sorry for your loss. He lived a long, wonderful life. Praying for God’s comfort and peace for your Mom and you, and your family.

Joan Pott

Such a long life, well lived! Good neighbors, always a helping hand and encouraging word. So sorry for your loss. Praying that GOD will heal the hole Bob's passing leaves in your hearts with all the wonderful memories until you meet again.

Lori Barnes

Dale and Marylou- My condolences to you and yours on the loss of your Father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Lynn Sorrentino

Hannah and I are deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a fantastic story teller and genuinely kind man who made others feel at home. He raised a beautiful family with his loving bride. May he rest peacefully in the arms of Jesus alongside his dear great granddaughter Meredith ❤❤

Phillip Santangelo

Sorry to her of your loss in Bob's passing. I worked with Bob at GE & enjoyed his friendship. We had some great times at work!

Lois Tyler/ Deb Mull

Abundant Condolences to the King family. When we moved into the neighborhood many years ago, Bob and Angie made us feel so welcome. Bob always had a big wave and smile for us as we walked by.
We are so sorry for your loss .

Steve Byrnes

I will miss you Uncle Bob. Great memories deer hunting in Copake. Thank you for helping me with a burial lot for my son Josh at the family grave sites. You are a good man. Good to your word.



Robert and Sheila Monks

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I will always remember him for the good times we had at G.E. and at King's. May he RIP

Lisa Doty

My heart aches over the loss of the man I thought of as my second dad in the first and second decade of my life! So many good times at their house! Country music (I never promised you a rose garden, Happiest Girl in the whole USA!) Summer days in the pool, sleep overs for me and Marylou! He always gave me a one armed hug and called me Liza most of my life! And to mom, his second cousin, he would say "Hey Bet, want a highball?" Many more memories like that have been, and will continue to be, the tapestry of my life! Love you Bob and Angie!! I will hold you both in my heart forever!!

Lori Ortoleva-Agnew

Marylou and Family my thoughts and prayers to you at this time of sorrow. Sweet in our Memory.