ALBANY – Thomas W. King, Jr. of Albany, New York, 76, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018, just over a month after losing his childhood sweetheart, Carol.
Born July 2, 1941 in Albany, New York to the late Tom and Katherine (nee VanKampen) King. Tom graduated from Guilderland Central High School in 1958, received an associate’s degree from the Sage Colleges of Albany; a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was a member of the McKownville Water Advisory Board, the McKownville Improvement Association and a civil and line officer of the McKownville Fire Department.
While living in Altamont, Tom was a member of the Altamont Fire Department, president of the Dunnsville Improvement Corporation and a board member of the Center for Environmental Options. He was treasurer of the Albany Neighborhood Resource Center; president of the Sunset Bay Campers Association on the Great Sacandaga Lake, Whitehall Station Homeowners Association, and of Albany Civic Theater for several years.
Tom was an engineer with the NYS Conservation Department, and director of the Bureau of Energy. He worked for the State Energy Office, the State Division of the Budget, the Governor’s Office of Management and Productivity, and was appointed as Executive Secretary for the State Boards of Engineering and Land Surveying, Interior Design and Optometry where he served until his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the NYS Board for Professional Medical Conduct.
Tom was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Carol (Guilbault). He is survived by his sister, Janet Sand, his son Thomas King IV (Shelly), his daughters Amy King Hoffman (Joseph) and Juliet King (Frank), and granddaughters, Jessica and Bella. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in Tom’s name to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands, NY 12204.
Arrangements are pending, and have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
My deepest condolences for your loss
John Edgar King
My heartfelt thoughts to Tom’s family and close friends, for our loss, in his passing.
He was quite accomplished professionally and a community entrenched volunteer for so many organizations.
Tom was just a few months older than me……………….and as first cousins we shared a deep interest and love of our King heritage.
Tom,may you rest in peace , back in that nearness to Carol that nurtured you both
To Tom & Carols family and friends: I am so sorry to hear of their deaths. We all had wonderful times together in our teenage years. Tom and Carol had an endless love and will now be together forever. My sincere sympathy to all of you.
Mark & Nancy Plaat
Both Nancy & I extend our deepest symphony and sadness upon learning of the passing of Tom.
I had first met him circa early 70’s when he worked for DEC evaluating environmental impacts statements and I was a graduate student in environmental studies at RPI.
As fate would have it ours paths crossed many times, either through mutual friends., attending ACT or family. More than a few years after marrying my wife Nancy’s , we discovered that her great aunt Clara was married to Fred Van Kampen. Tom’s uncle. They and her parents lived at 3 King Street. for many years. Certainly, it is a small world.
We hope to be able to see you soon. and share a story or two.
Mark & Nancy Plaat
Thomas, Amy, and Juliet,
I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. (Rev 21:4)