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King, John  young pic 2 22-09-2013



(Retired Almonte doctor passes away)

Our dear father passed away on September 22, 2013, at the age of 84 on the Rosamond Wing of the Almonte General Hospital following complications due to a stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Born in Moncton, N.B., April 8, 1929, son of the late John and Pearl King, twin brother to Barry, Jean and the late Dorothy King.  He was the beloved husband to Alma (nee Cooley) for 58 years and the father to John (Marilyn), Tim (Pam) and Heather (David).  Dad graduated from UNB in 1950 with his BSc in Biology and from McGill in 1954 where he obtained his medical degree.

John interned (general surgery) for five years in Montreal and Saint John New Brunswick.  A request for a locum from Dr. R. Bach brought Dad to Almonte, in 1959.  A one year locum turned into 47 years of medical practice and devotion to the people of Almonte.  We are convinced that if Dad were not faced by the challenges of Alzheimer’s that he would still be practicing medicine today.

Dad was an accomplished athlete in many sports, excelling in track and rugby and was inducted into the Fredericton Sports Wall of Fame in 1999 along with his relay team that won the Canadian Championship in 1947.  Even when Dad was not working directly with his patients he was involved in charity work through the Masons (Mississippi Lodge No. 147) and the Knights Templar in Alymer for 40 years.  Dad’s intellectual mind, sense of humour, his caring and compassionate manner impacted many lives over the span of his life.

Family and Friends will be Celebrating Dad’s Life at


(127 Church St., Almonte, Ontario. 613-256-3313)

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from  11am to 1pm.  Celebration of Life will occur the same day in the Chapel at 1pm.  Reception to follow in the Comba Suite of Gamble Funeral Home.  Private family inurnment.  A special thanks goes out to all the staff at the Rosamond Wing in Almonte who made Dad’s last days peaceful and who were an incredible support to our family.  Thank-you to Dr. H. Abramenko for her  medical attention over the years and to a special care-giver, Nancy Munro who has been a tremendous help to our family.  If desired, John’s family would appreciate memorial  donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.

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