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Thomas W. King, IV

Posted By Stephen On July 11, 2020 @ 5:59 pm In Obituary | 14 Comments


ALBANY – Thomas W. King, IV, 55, of Albany, passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020. Tommy was born in Albany, the son of the late Thomas W. King, Jr., and Carol Guilbault King. He was a graduate of Albany High School, the College of St. Rose, and SUNY Albany. Tommy was a social worker and a talented musician. He loved kayaking and was an amateur magician.

Tommy is survived by his wife Michele Hill King; his sisters Amy King (Hoffman) (Joseph Pasko) and Juliet King (Frank Novko); his nieces Jessica Hoffman and Bella “Finn” Carhart and his in-laws Richard and Jacqueline Hill and brother-in-law Christopher Hill.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. The family suggests memorial contributions to Peppertree Rescue or Grafton Peace Pagoda. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

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Condolence from A. Friend on July 11th, 2020 7:44 pm

Fare thee well, Tommy. Sure, now I have to face coconut head alone. I don’t really know what to say. I figure you would say,”I’ve passed to the other side, not that there’s anything wrong with that.” But seriously, miss you, ese. See you in the next life.

Condolence from Chris Hill on July 11th, 2020 8:02 pm

Sorry to lose him. Always had a good time hanging out with him.
Around the vase of Life at your slow pace
He has not crept, but turned it with his hands,
And all its sides already understands.
There, girt, one breathes alert for some great race;
Whose road runs far by sands and fruitful space;
Who laughs, yet through the jolly throng has pass’d;
Who weeps, nor stays for weeping; who at last,
A youth, stands somewhere crowned, with silent face.
And he has filled this vase with wine for blood,
With blood for tears, with spice for burning vow,
With watered flowers for buried love most fit;
And would have cast it shattered to the flood,
Yet in Fate’ s name has kept it whole; which now
Stands empty till his ashes fall in it. – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The House of Life, sonnet XCV, The Vase of Life

Condolence from MJ Muir on July 11th, 2020 10:22 pm

I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my dear friend.

Condolence from mary kelle on July 12th, 2020 6:27 am

I’ll always remember Tom for his sweetness, humor, and caring character. My strongest memory of him is carrying a cooler of goodies to our back yard BBQs, big smile on his face. Also sharing his magic tricks and chatting with him at my grand daughter’s Little League games – of which he was one of the biggest fans!

Condolence from Janice Verrastro on July 13th, 2020 4:16 am

We were heartbroken to hear of Tom’s sudden passing. We will really miss seeing him at family gatherings. He had such a nice smile and a sincere and caring attutude. Always so interesting to talk to. We will miss our chats about kayaking. Rest in peace & love, Tom.

Janice & Joe Verrastro

Condolence from Vanessa Mellom Williams on July 13th, 2020 8:56 am

I am so sad to her he is no longer with us.
He taught me how to play, her was a gifted instructor and had such a loving and caring demeanor.

Condolence from Marietta Angelotti on July 15th, 2020 9:46 am

So sad to hear the world has lost such a kind and caring person. I will always remember what a great Scarecrow he made in our elementary school performance of The Wizard of Oz! I’m not surprised he became a social worker, musician, magician, and kayaker. My deepest condolences to his wife and family.

Condolence from Joe Yakel on July 15th, 2020 6:25 pm

Tommy, my friend and band mate, the world is a lesser place in your absence. You gave me wonderful insights about music. You were an accomplished instrumentalist (your mando playing has always been unique), and had a great perspective on so many things. It was fun to be around you, playing gigs, going to shows, making recordings, and enjoying life, and along the way, learning from you as well. It is very sad that you are gone form us. Condolences to your family. Rest well my friend.

Condolence from Margaret Lamar King on July 16th, 2020 4:24 am

Shelly, Amy, Juliet and families-

Please accept my loving condolences at this time of such loss. I was so fond of Tommy, and will remember him always with love.

Please know you are in my thoughts.

Condolence from Donna Rickard on July 16th, 2020 1:25 pm

This is heartbreaking. I went to high school with Tommy. What a great guy. My sincere condolences to his family.

Condolence from Megan (Armstrong) Connolly on July 16th, 2020 4:29 pm

I am so sorry to hear Tommy has moved on. Although we had lost touch since the family moved away from Altamont many years ago, I remember him fondly. Not at all surprised he kept up with his magician skills.

My sincere condolences to the family.

Condolence from Joe Francisconi on July 17th, 2020 5:52 am

Condolences to those left behind . I had the honor of working with Tom at the nsg home. A true, caring, loving man.

Condolence from Joyce and Mike on July 22nd, 2020 9:03 am

We are sorry to hear this sad news Shelly and are thinking of you during this very difficult time. We hope you can reflect on all of the good times you both had together. Our thoughts are with you.

Condolence from Daniel GRIESAU on July 23rd, 2020 9:09 am

Tom and I met thru family connections. We graduated, together, from Albany High School in 1982, but never knew one another. But we finally met at a family gathering, when Shelly brought Tom home for family to meet. And I must say, what a nice friendship I shared with Tom. I will miss him very much. But I know we will meet up again, during the Milennial Reign of Christ Jesus !!!

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