Reuben Laurence "Larry" King
Obituary for Reuben Laurence "Larry" King
Reuben Laurence “Larry” King died peacefully in the Dartmouth General Hospital on July 17th, 2020 at the age of 87.
Dad was an amazing father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend. His smile lit up the room, his laugh was contagious, and his dance card was always full. He was truly one of kind, touched so many people, and was loved by all. He was put on this earth to make it a better place, and he certainly did that.
Born on February 4th, 1933, in Woodside, Nova Scotia to the late Lyle and Loris (Hynes) King, Dad left home in 1952 to embark on a 30 year career with the Canadian Armed Forces. A logistics officer by trade, he rose to the rank of Warrant Officer, before retiring in Moncton.
Restless in retirement, Dad was a strong believer in the value of being an active volunteer in the community. To that end, while in Moncton, he devoted countless hours to both Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 6, where he served for several years on the executive and is a Past President. Upon relocating to Mineville, Nova Scotia in 1998, he was an active volunteer at the Lake Echo Food Bank for 20 years.
An avid sportsman, Dad enjoyed playing various sports, but his true passions were softball and curling, both of which he played into his 80s. In softball, he played and umpired at the highest levels, leading his team to the 1960 Alberta Senior “A” Championship, and umpiring at several National Championships throughout the ‘70s. As a curler, he was a long time member of both the Beaver and Dartmouth Curling Clubs and competed in 3 Canadian Legion Senior Curling Championships, while winning the Canadian Forces Small Base Championship in 1981.
He will be deeply missed by his sons, Dennis, Bruce, Tony (Brenda); daughter, Erin (Mike Arnold); grandsons, Jacob, Matthew, and Sam; brothers Lyle (Anne), Donnie (Brenda), and Allan; sisters, Sandra MacDonald, and Charmaine (Arthur) Barnhardt; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Denise (Quinn); brothers, Eugene, Dudley; and sister Nancy (Lahey).
The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nursing staff of 4th Floor West, Dartmouth General Hospital for the wonderful and attentive care given Dad during his stay.
Due to COVID-19, a private family interment will take place, with a celebration of life for extended family and friends held at St. David’s Church, Lake Echo at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, or the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia.
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