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James King

Picture of James King.

13.10.1929. – 19.4.2010.
This is dedicated to my dad. He was known affectionately by many as Jim, Jimmy,cockle Jim, Jimbo, Tufty, Pops, James and even signor King. Quite a few names and quite a big character to carry them off.
He like many didn’t have the easiest of beginnings, being one of thirteen and born in the East End of London he had to make his own way in life. During his lifetime he had a varied career that took him in many directions. On leaving school he began his working life on the tugs and barges of the Thames. At eighteen he did his national service with the merchant navy, he learned the trade of welding and plumbing and became a heating engineer and ran his own business he then had a change of direction and trained to be a publican, which suited his friendly outgoing personality. My daughter Mandy said to me she remembers that when she stayed with him at Greatstone, everywhere they went people would stop and talk to him, everyone seemed to know him, he loved to talk and socialise with everyone, with his warm, welcoming, sense of humour and it was in Greatstone by the sea he got to know members and supported the RNLI.
Dad was very athletic and sporty, when he was younger, a keen footballer and taught boxing for a while and in later years he love a game of golf. Dad had a zest for life and living life to the full, he loved to travel and had visited many parts of the world. Shortly after we moved to Spain Dad came over and lived around the corner to us for while before he became ill and had to return to England. We have very happy memories of all the places in England, Scotland and Wales that he showed us and of the times we all sat in the sunshine, chatting and sipping cool drinks on his sun terrace in Spain. Happy times and wonderful memories to cherish, dear Dad you will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

Added by: Jenni Finch on 27 April 2010.

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