Richard Watts King, Sr. was born on November 12, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Watts and Ursula Earl King. After a brief illness, Richard passed from this life into the arms of His Heavenly Father on November 21, 2017. His siblings precede him in death: Walter and Earline King of Barbados, Everton, Earl, Muriel, Florence and Vernon King of Boston.
He leaves to mourn his wife Edith E. King, one daughter, Karen E. King of Boston and two sons Kenneth C. King of Boston and Richard W. King Jr. of Brockton; granddaughters Angela King of San Francisco, CA, Nia and Imani King of Brockton and Khalia King of Bridgewater, his brothers Melvin (Joyce), Lloyd (Kaicee) King of Boston and sister Olga King of Stoughton and sister-in-law, Naomi Jones of Boston. He also leaves to mourn a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
Richard spent his formative years attending the Church of all Nations and participating in numerous activities and events. For fun, Richard and his friends could be seen diving off the Dover Street Bridge into the Fort Point Channel, which they used as their swimming pool.
He attended the Boston Public Schools and played basketball while attending Boston Technical High School from which he graduated in 1949. Upon graduation, he served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Aberdeen, Maryland, where his duties were to repair ammunitions as well as instruct others in repairing ammunitions.
After he was honorably discharged from the service, he worked as a mail carrier, a machinist at both the Charlestown Navy Yard and Watertown Arsenal as well as completing a refrigeration school program in the North End. He also, became an instructor for the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and was known to be the “favorite instructor” by all the students.
Richard was a hard worker and was always seeking out opportunities to enhance his skills in order to provide a better life for his family. He did not live his life in vain. He epitomized humility, kindness, and generosity towards everyone. Working with youth brought Richard great joy. He was instrumental in developing and coaching the Roxbury Torrents, which was a team in the Boston Neighborhood Hockey League. Additionally, Richard was a manager and coach of the Black Yankees Baseball Team for the Upper Roxbury North Dorchester Little League for several years.
Richard loved and enjoyed many hobbies; daily walks; listening to jazz and R&B “oldies but goodies” as evidenced in his extensive music collection. He was an avid and skilled bowler for the Sportsman, Mattapan and Queensman Bowling Leagues, which he remained active in for many years. Through these associations, he developed great friendships that lasted until his death.
He was also, an active member of the Oasis XI Club for many years. This group of eleven men socialized together, but they also worked with the youth of the community by sponsoring the Black Yankees Baseball Team. The Oasis XI Club hosted numerous fundraisers, but many supporters, friends and family always enjoyed the popular Annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Fundraiser event the most. Consequently, the money raised was used to purchase much needed equipment for the team. In addition to being a member of the Oasis XI, Richard was also a member of the William E. Carter American Legion Post #16 in Mattapan Massachusetts.
In his retirement, Richard delivered the Bay State Banner around the community he so much loved and provided consistent childcare for his infant and toddler granddaughters while their parents maintained their work schedules. He also helped to care for his beloved sister Florence in her golden years.
Richard loved to have a good time. Family and friends knew him as the “Energizer Bunny”, because he loved being on the dance floor. Many referred to him as the “dancing machine”. Whether one addressed him as Richard, Dad, Grandpa, Dick, Richie, Uncle Richie, “Dr. King” or Mr. King, he will be sorely missed. His acts of kindness and selflessness will forever be embedded in our hearts!
There will be a Viewing on Friday December 1, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by Funeral Service at 11:00 O’clock at Bethel A.M.E Church, 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130.
Final disposition: St. Michael Crematory, Boston, MA
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home