Obituary for Richard King Jr.,
Richard Glendale King, Jr. was born January 20, 1962 in Sanford, North Carolina to Senorita and Richard King, Sr. (deceased). He spent his early elementary years in Spring Lake, NC. The family moved to New York City in the early 1970’s. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York and later in life completed his GED.
Richard was a fun-loving and affectionate child. He easily won friends, hanging out with his brother Anthony and being protective over his sister Florita, who he called “baby.” He loved his sister Nicole Long and enjoyed visits to her home in Harlem. He was playful and all his life would be known for his joking and his unique laughter. Nicknamed “Cootie” and later known as “King”, he was intelligent, generous, loyal, kind-hearted, hard-working and family was the center of his world. Many of his best friends were his numerous cousins.
He worked many jobs, everything from short-order cook to handyman. He hustled for many years on the streets of NYC. But by far the profession he was most proud of was becoming an Operator Engineer for Local 15 Operator Engineer Union. He loved working his “machine.” He worked hard, pushing past any demands on his time and body to do a good job. He saw everything he did as an Operator Engineer as a path to taking care of his ultimate pride and joy, his kids.
With every breath in his body he loved his kids. He constantly talked about his beautiful eldest daughter Lakeima Walker (Mother Simone Walker) and his baby girls Hannah and Bella and his son Richie (Mother Marshall Dalencourt). He said one of the reason’s he’d always wanted to have a son was so there would be a 3rd generation Richard named after his beloved father Richard, Sr. He loved his step-children Taylor, Bailey and Josiah Dalencourt. He enjoyed time with all of his kids, sometimes taking over their toys and playing with them to everybody’s laughing exasperation. He enjoyed watching his kids play and having the best he could provide.
Richard never forgot anybody. If he won the lottery, you won the lottery. There wasn’t a selfish bone in his body. If he prospered, rest assured his family and friends would be blessed by his prosperity. He delighted in making people happy and was a complete giver. His family and friends can remember a few times that he came into money, and would go broke celebrating that he’d come into money. He didn’t know how to be anything else but “King.”
He was proud of becoming a home owner. He remembered during his early youth how he had slept on subways when he fell on hard times. He never wanted his family to experience his period of hardship and homelessness. To have risen to own a large beautiful home in Middletown NY and become an Operator Engineer were his crowning achievements and provided for his greatest gift to his family.
On February, 20, 2018 he passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack while at work. He was 56 years old. He will always be remembered for his laughter and playfulness, his determination to take care of his family, his hard work ethic, his loving and generous ways and his many acts of kindness.
Richard leaves to remember him his mother, Senorita McNeill King, his life-long love Marshall Dalencourt, his daughters Lakeima, Hannah and Bella, his son Richie, step-children Taylor, Bailey, Josiah, his brother Anthony King (wife: Karen), his sisters Florita King and Nicole Long and a host of nieces, nephews, a sea of loving cousins and an ocean of friends and many other loved ones too numerous to mention.