George Calvin King, Jr., one of the last captains for the now-defunct Old Lyme football team and the father of Valley Regional/Old Lyme championship coach Tim King, died Sept. 29 at Hartford Hospital. He was 92-years old.
A Middletown native who served in the European theater of World War II, King was the father of Valley Regional/Old Lyme coach Tim King. He attended Old Lyme High School, where he was a captain on the football team before it folded during World War II.
King, who graduated from Old Lyme in 1943, spent three months at the University of North Carolina and studied Physical Education until he was drafted into the Army. He arrived in Normandy, France, seven days after D-Day and served as an MP at Bastogne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. There he met General George S. Patton.
After the war, King settled on Rogers Lake in Old Lyme and worked for Pfizer and, after retiring, ran George King & Sons Propane and the Mount Holly Country Store in Vermont.
His son Tim King helped bring football back to Lyme/Old Lyme when they began a co-op with Valley Regional High School in 2006. Last season, the VR/LOL football team played at Old Lyme High School for the first time in 72 years. George King and Tim Keenan, Tim King’s uncle, were present for the festivities and took part in the coin toss.
Valley Regional won its first state championship in December. George King was in Florida, where he lived in winter, getting phone updates from Tim King’s wife, Ginny.
King died two days before Valley Regional/Old Lyme’s 27-21 overtime victory over North Branford on Thursday. The game and the result was dedicated to his memory by the Warriors.
King is predeceased by his wife, Doris (nee Kotzan) King in 1989 and his son, Jerry King. He is survived by his two sons, George King III and his wife Bonnie of Old Lyme and Timothy King and his wife Ginny of Old Lyme, two grand chidren, Jesse King and Shannon (King) Tyropolis and her husband, ben, two great grandchildren, Jagger George and Erzra Jesse Tyropolis and his companion, Ms. Barbara Johnson of Old Lyme.
A funeral Service will be held at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 1 McCurdy Rd., Old Lyme on Tuesday, October 6 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the The Lymes’ Senior Center.