HOWLAND – Ben King, 44, passed away Nov. 24, 2012, in Bangor. He was born Feb. 11, 1968, in Lincoln, the son of Ethel King Plante and George King Jr.
Ben passed away doing what he loved best, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army in Bangor. He took great pride in knowing that with his every “Thank you” and “Happy Holidays,” he was bringing joy and much needed help to someone. No matter how cold the weather or how bad the driving conditions, Ben had to be ringing the bell wherever he was needed. He was proud to work for the Salvation Army, outside of bell season as well, picking up donations. Those who were lucky enough to know Ben knew he had a heart of gold and would go out of his way to help someone else. This included donating to the American Red Cross Blood Drive every time he was eligible. Ben loved the New England Patriots and would spend game time yelling at the TV when they weren’t playing as well as he thought they should. He also loved watching “Wheel of Fortune,” playing “The Legend of Zelda” video game and doing puzzles with his mom. A perpetual kid, he loved to share his love of trains and other toys with two special little girls, his nieces, Charlotte and Scarlet, and any other niece or nephew willing.
In addition to his mother, Ethel King Plante of Howland, he is survived by his siblings, Christine Rollins of Howland, George King III and Rain of Bradford, Mary Wilkerson and Tim Sr. of West Enfield, Elizabeth Yates and Alton of Springfield, Rosa King of West Enfield, Sunset Simpson and Patrick Sr. of West Enfield and Moses King of Gray; 18 nieces and nephews, nine great-nieces and great-nephews; a special aunt, Doreen; and uncles, Herbert and Claude Skidgell. He was predeceased by his father, George Jr.; and his brother, Bert King.
Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Road, Lincoln, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Alan Porter and Salvation Army Chaplain, Capt. Tim Clark officiating. Interment will be in West Enfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salvation Army, Bangor. Donations may be left at the funeral home. To sign an online guest register and to leave written condolences, please visit www.clayfuneralhome.com.