2017-04-08 / Obituaries

Allan King


Allan King Allan King Allan E. King, 69, of Mackinac Island, passed away peacefully at home Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2017, after a three-year illness with cancer.

He was born December 27, 1947, to Ernest and Lillian (nee Soucy) King in Lewiston, Maine.

Mr. King enjoyed a lifetime career in the culinary field, allowing him to travel throughout the world. He was employed at five star restaurants, the Princess Cruise Line, internationally known ski resorts, and the Caribbean Islands. For the last 21 years he had been employed at the French Outpost and Grand Hotel. His quiet wit and wonderful work ethic endeared him to all his fellow employees and Island residents.

His love for Mackinac Island deepened with every passing year. Being a year-around resident, he experienced the beauty of all the seasons. Mr. King loved the palpable excitement of another approaching summer season, of preparing the shops and restaurants for the visitors, and his after-work bike rides to British Landing to enjoy the birds and water and silence, but he also rejoiced in the quiet serenity of the winter Island, the ice bridge, and snowmobile trips into town to make the rounds of the library, post office, and Doud’s grocery store.

He is survived by his partner of 21 years, Patty Prendergast; his mother, Lillian, who lives in Maine; a sister and her family, Mary Jane and David Collins; two nephews and their families, Michael and Brian, and special aunts and uncles, Rita and Bob Richards and Roland and Patricia Soucy.

Mr. King was preceded in death by his father, Ernest, and a brother, James.

In accordance with his wishes, no services will be held at this time. A private family gathering will be held later in the summer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mackinac Animal Aid Association, P.O. Box 71, St. Ignace, MI 49781. Envelopes will also be available at Dodson Funeral Home in St. Ignace, who assisted the family with arrangements.

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