Joseph Lacey King, 88, of Princeton and Point Pleasant Beach, passed on October 29, 2021 with his wife at his side.
Born in Dobbs Ferry, NY on October 16, 1933, he was the eldest son of Joseph and Celestine King. Joe grew up in Hopewell, NJ and attended Princeton High School, where he met his future wife and dance partner of 68 years, Kathryn (Cuomo). Joe enlisted in the Navy during the Korean War. He subsequently attended Rider College. Joe was employed by the D. Van Nostrand Publishing Company. When the D. Van Nostrand Company was purchased by Litton Industries, Joe became Litton’s Eastern Distribution Manager. His interests in woodworking, carving and building eventually led him to pursue a full-time career as a carpenter. In 1975 he renovated the historic Grover's Mill, marking the start of his long-held small business.
Joe is survived by wife Kathryn King of Princeton, sister Celestine Long of Lawrenceville, and his three children; Cheri-Ellen (David) Crowl of Farmingdale, NJ, Patrick (Lindsay) King of Belle Mead, NJ, and Michael (Joanna) King of Rochester, MN; Grandchildren Caitlin (James) Rumbaugh, Lacey (Mychal) Jensen-Lida and Katie King; Great-grandchildren, Jordan Rumbaugh, Cameron Rumbaugh and Scarlett Jensen-Lida.
Joe was creative, curious, gregarious and individualistic. He enjoyed fishing, boating and golf, and simply being in the company of good friends. he was especially devoted to his family.
A Memorial Visitation will be held from 9:30AM to 10:30AM on Saturday November 6, 2021 at Mather Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00AM on Saturday November 6, 2021 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church 216 Nassau Street, Princeton. Burial will follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad.