Walther E. King

Walther E. King

04-26-1932 - 09-01-2022

Biography: Walter Edward King, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor departed this life September 1, 2022. 

Walter Edward King was born April 26, 1932 in New York, NY, to Walter Edward King, Sr­and Bertha Murch King Walter graduated from James Monroe High School Bronx, NY, completed one year of college, and received an Honorable Discharge in 1955 from the United States Air Force. 

In 1965, Walter attended a dinner theater with his lifelong friend Bill Burns and across a crowd­ed room, as Walter would say he saw a beautiful woman, Gwendolyn Robinson.Walter and Gwendolyn married September 16, 1967. Of this union were born two daughters Adrienne Robin and Kinda Louise. 

Providing for his family was very important to Walter who often simultaneously worked multiple jobs. Adrienne and Kinda could hardly miss him because he attended every recital, parent teacher conference, and alwa)'o made time to inquire about school and what was on their minds. In 2003, he and Gwendolyn proudly attended two graduations in one week with Adrienne earning a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration and Kinda a Masters in Public Health. 
An avid reader, over the years Walter was pleased to receive gifts of books especially by James Baldwin from Gwendolyn and their daughters. Adrienne and Kinda have cherished memories of Walter reading poems by Langston Hughes and Paul Lawrence Dunbar after he tucked them tightly in bed. 

Walter liked people, liked to talk, and knew something about many subjects. Having served in the US. Air Force during the Korean War 1951-1955, worked at Brinks Armored Car, The Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Transit Authority, real estate agent at Douglas Elliman, and after thirty years retired from the US. Postal Service. Prior to the pandemic, Walter loved sitting on the front steps of his home where he would talk with both neighbors and visitors about any subject He often took the time to speak to the young men in the block and give them sage advice about marriage, fatherhood, and the importance of a good work ethic 

Walter was determined; once he decided what he wanted there was no stopping him He learned about it and pursued a successful outcome with unequivocal determination - and expected the same of everyone else. When at the age of sixty-one, he decided to pursue an opportunity to become a security guard at CUNY He increased his physical fitness and agility by walking up and down the stairs in his apartment building- he was hired as a Sergeant 

In later years, Walter fulfilled his dream to traveL Walter and Gwendolyn visited Rome; Greece; London, England; Venice; Florence, Italy, Turkey, Savannah, GA; Las Vegas; Cape Cod, Maine. On one such trip, Walter and Gwendolyn met their daughters in Geneva, Switzerland. The family rode a gondola up to see the Swiss Alps. Walter felt things deeply, often sharing his experience seeing the broken chair sculpture in front of the UN. headquarters in Geneva that symbolized the struggle to remove land mines. 

Walter Edward King was not just a father, he was a Dad. As adults appreciating Walter as a wonderful father, Adrienne and Kinda offered thanks. Walter would simply say I'm your father­Dad, thank you for being our father. We will cherish the memories we made forever. 

Dad was a force of nature and an ever-present force in my life. The life lessons that he gave me will never be forgotten. Daddy was everything to me. There are many things that I will miss but the number one thing is hearing him be proud and calling me "Suppa Duppa'. Love, Adrienne. 

One of my earliest memories of my Dad is of him taking me to the park to teach me how to ride a bike. He held my hand as we crossed the street guiding the bike with his other hand. When we arrived, Dad noticed that there was broken glass on the ground. He proceeded to pick-up each piece just in case I felL Dad, thank you for always trying to warn me of and remove any sharp edges in my path. Love, Kinda. 

Walter leaves to celebrate his life, wife Gwendolyn, daughters; Adrienne Robin, and Kinda Louise, granddaughter; Anaiah Gwendolyn, sister; Celia Hazzard, brother Murch King, sister-in -law; Grace King, nieces Sabrina, Zenobia, Stephanie (Michael), nephews; Murch, David, Don­nie (Kathy), and a host of family, friends, and neighbors.

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