Remembering a veteran and father
Richard King given military funeral in Alberta last month
A war veteran from Clarenville was honoured with a military funeral last month in Alberta—a gesture which has left a lasting effect of respect on the family of Richard Everett Allison King.
Mansley King, son of Richard King—also a military veteran— told The Packet how special it was, after a special request to the federal Department of Defence to provide a military funeral after his dad passed away last month in Calgary at the age of 92.
“I couldn’t believe that they were actually doing it,” said Mansley. “You wouldn’t believe how much it meant to me and the rest of my family. Because my father was a very, very proud war veteran.” War veteran Richard King died last month.
On Oct. 2, the day of a terrible snowstorm in Alberta, the military funeral included a pallbearer honour guard by the 4 Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry from Edmonton.
Richard Everett Allison King served in the Second World War, underage at the time, in the infantry. He also re-enlisted to fight as a Canadian in the Korean War for three years as a gunner with 4 Royal Canadian Horse Artillery.
During his service, King was presented with many medals for his accomplishments, including the military funeral in October.
Mansley, who now lives in Random Island, told The Packet his father had injuries from the war that stayed with him until the day he died, including shrapnel which would work its way out of his skin—even so many years later.
He says his dad was not the reason he went into the military as a medic—from 1977 to 1999— as he knew what that type of life did to a person.
“Dad never talked very much about it because he saw a lot of really bad stuff,” remembers Mansley. “It was just very atrocious what he had to see over there.”
However, Mansley is proud of his father and how he was honoured during his funeral.
He was exceedingly glad to see this recognition in a time in which he believes it’s more important than ever to honour those who made the sacrifice for the freedoms of those who live today.
Richard Everett Allison King