E. Harlan King Jr. of Falmouth, who spent most of his retirement years living in Pocasset, died at home on September 12. He was 83.

He was the husband of Janet E. King for 55 years.

Known as Hal, he was the son of Edwin H. King and Lucille King.

He graduated from Melrose High School, and then spent a year at Vermont Academy; he went on to earn a bachelor of arts degree from St. Lawrence University and a master’s degree in education from State College at Boston.

Mr. King spent time teaching in Walpole, for the Air Force School in Germany, and returned to Walpole before becoming a school principal in Holderness, New Hampshire.

In 1974, he moved to Keene, New Hampshire, to become principal of Jonathan Daniels School until his retirement in 1998. He was awarded National Distinguished Principal for the State of New Hampshire in 1991, in recognition of his leadership to assure quality education for children during their early years in school.

An avid hockey player, that activity was carried on by his grandsons. Mr. King was fascinated by genealogy and spent countless hours researching his family tree, even taking road trips from Maine to Arkansas and points between. He loved to sail as much as possible, made easier after retiring to the Cape.

Mr. King also played tennis, volunteered for the Bourne Council on Aging and lobstered. In years past he had served as a volunteer water quality sampler as part of the Bay Watchers program of the Coalition for Buzzards Bay and public seminar organizer as a member of Pocasset Heights Improvement Association to offer information on the ecological health of Hen Cove in Pocasset, close to where he lived.

He belonged to North Falmouth Congregational Church, where he served on the outreach committee.

In addition to his wife, he leaves his two daughters and their husbands; four grandchildren; and extended family.

An outdoor memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 9, at 11 AM at North Falmouth Congregational Church, 155 Old Main Road in North Falmouth.

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