FORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Edward Joseph King Sr. passed away on Feb. 14, 2022, in Florida. Born on June 28, 1923, in Whitefield, to Omar and Obeline (St. Piere) King from Quebec, Edward’s parents worked at the logging mill at the time.

Edward grew up in a large family, and they moved frequently between towns supporting the logging industry at the time. His siblings include Jannet Gertrude, Mary Rebecca, Pauline, Evaline, Louis, Madeline, Arlene, Charles, Arthur “Finny,” and Philip.

His home before going to World War 2 in East Union was known as “Cow Path #11,” as the government at the time couldn’t figure out exactly where he lived due to a lack of street names and Edward simply gave them an address to use.

He attended schools wherever his parents’ work took him. He remembered going to school in Jefferson, walking barefoot with his siblings to school and the County Fairgrounds. Edward received a GED and went to Knox County General Business College with an associate in business.

Edward was always proud of himself for never being without a job. As a kid, he weeded gardens and picked berries, and later worked throughout Maine with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Edward served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific and China during World War 2. He was proud of helping his brothers and sisters in combat. The military was very important to him, and he was proud to have served his country.

After the war, Edward worked at the Thomaston cement plant, and worked as a cook in various restaurants and on chartered ships. Later he worked as a TV repairman, and was the owner of King’s Pizza and Catering and Vending. He also ran a taxi service, worked for the State of Maine DOT, did construction work, and bell hopped in Palm Beach, Fla.

Edward married June Philips in 1946, after the war, and they were married for 52 years. Edward became a family man, and was stepfather to Katherine (husband Arnold,) grandfather to Janice and Jannie and great-grandfather to Sarrah.

He lived with his son Edward and his wife Carlene for many years, going back and forth between Maine and Florida for over 50 years.

Edward and his wife semi-retired to West Palm Beach, Fla., and upon June’s death he moved to Avon Park, Fla., a place he loved and where he made many friends.

Besides his son and daughter-in-law, Edward is survived by his daughter Kathleen, granddaughters Jolene (husband Chad), Nadine, Kristen and Haley; grandsons Seth, Garrett, Nathan, Kevin and Connor; and his siblings Charlene Wallace and Philip King. He was predeceased by his daughter Karen.

Edward was a fourth-degree member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion, spending oodles of time there in both Rockland and Avon Park.

Edward had many nieces and nephews who remember him as a great uncle and a great man.

His family would like to extend a special “thank you,” to Linda and Stan for allowing him to stay in his Avon Park home for as long as he could. It was all team work. They would also like to thank his dear friends Fenton and Jerrie, “Tommy Tin Can,” and neighbors up and down Elvis Boulevard.

Edward will be greatly missed by his close family, and all the gatherings and great times with him will be remembered – he loved them all.

A burial service will be held at the Coughlin Cemetery in Rockland on Oct. 29 at noon.