David C. King, 86, of Anthony Street in Hillsdale, New York passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Fairview Commons Nursing Center in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where he had been a resident since November 2019. David was an amazing man and an award-winning author of more than 80 history, biography, and culture studies books for children and young adults.
Born July 30, 1933 in Hamburg, New York, David was the son of the late Harry and Marjorie (Frost) King. He attended SUNY-Buffalo, receiving Master’s Degrees in Political Science and History. David married Delores (Cecula) King in 1960. He taught at Buffalo Seminary High School and managed a summer campground in Gowanda, NY. After divorcing in 1967, David moved to California and, while living in Berkeley, met and married Sharon Flitterman, thus beginning 48 wonderful years of devotion to each other. In the late 70’s David and Sharon moved to Hillsdale, NY while working for Global Perspectives in Education and as a free-lance writer of textbooks and educational material. His most notable books include First People, Children’s Encyclopedia of American History, biographies of Benedict Arnold and Charles Darwin, and his historical fiction novel The Incredible Voyage of the Columbia.
David contracted Polio as a teenager and lived most of his life with the disease’s crippling aftereffects. He never complained or let his disability interfere with his way of life, traveling across the country 7 times and taking multiple trips to England. He especially enjoyed visiting historical sites. David’s most recent travel highlight was a trip to Columbus, Ohio for his grandson Eric’s wedding because he was able to reconnect and spend quality time with many family members. David also had many interests including sitting in the garden, woodworking, antiques, baseball (especially the Red Sox), golf, and attending cultural events.
David will be remembered as a true gentleman. He was a handsome, kind, caring, and compassionate man with a great sense of humor. Strong and intelligent, he loved life and remained ever cheerful, always a joy to be around.
David is survived by his wife, Sharon Flitterman-King, his daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Bergantino, son-in-law Robert (Bob) Bergantino, grandsons Eric Bergantino (wife Lauren), Adam Bergantino and Ross Bergantino and his great-grandson Noah Bergantino. He also leaves his sisters-in-law, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis (husband Joel), Ellen Stein (husband Rick), Carole Manchon (husband Mike) and Mary King as well as many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Harry and Marjorie King, David was predeceased by his sister Chris King (husband Winfield) and his brother Harry King.
SERVICES: A Celebration of David’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Donations in memory of David C. King may be made to Hevreh of Southern Berkshire (https://hevreh.org/) c/o Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to his family please go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
“Now that he is out of his pain, let’s celebrate all the joy he brought us.”