Re­mem­ber­ing a vet­eran and fa­ther

Richard King given mil­i­tary fu­neral in Al­berta last month

The Packet (Clarenville) - - Front page - BY JONATHAN PAR­SONS Jonathan.par­[email protected]­acket.ca Twit­ter: @je­j­par­sons

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.

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