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FRANKLIN — Cecil St. Clair King III, 68, of Franklin, went to his reward in heaven on May 16, 2015, at the Vermont Respite House in Williston, after a long and valiant battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil St. Clair King, Jr. and Emily Westall King, and his brother Forrest Coile, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; son Robert St. Clair Carroll, of Quantico, Va.; granddaughter Emily; brother, William H. H. King, of New Market, Va.; sister Carolyn Quadrio of St. Paul’s, Australia; niece Caroline Coile of California; nephew Forrest Coile of Tallahassee, Fla.; uncle Jimmy King of Louisiana; cousin Doris Booth of California and her daughter Marjorie Bernoudy and husband, Scott, and family of Lincoln, Vt.; cousin Billie Booth of California; and cousin Angel Stork of California.

Cecil was born July 23, 1946, at Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Fla.; his Father having been a career Naval Officer and a hero of the war in the Pacific (1942 to 1945). He lived in Hawaii and then Ashville, N.C., while his father was at sea. After his father retired, the family settled in Arlington, Va. Growing up in the Episcopal Church, he was an acolyte and sang in the choir.

Cecil was a 1972 graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Architecture.  Following his college years, he joined the U. S. Navy, where he served as a Line Officer.  After leaving the Navy, he practiced architecture in Tallahassee, Fla., and with several firms in the Washington, DC area.  In 1988, he was received into the Catholic Church by Father Benedict Wolf at Candlemas at St. Stephen’s Church in McConnellsburg, Pa.

He devoted his life to the pro-life rescue movement along the eastern seaboard. This led him to Vermont and eventually to Franklin, where he established King’s Taste, a market gardening business.  He was a vendor at the Enosburg Farmers’ Market for 20 years.  Cecil and Jacquie also sold religious goods throughout New England for Shomali Inc. for many years.  Cecil was a lister for many years for the Town of Franklin, and was also the Franklin Republican Party Chair for many years. He was on the St. Mary’s Parish Council, and he had been in charge of the cemetery for the past ten years.  He was an active member of the Franklin County Right to Life group.  Cecil was very fond of birds, and saved many of them.  He could often be seen out walking his beloved dog, Hallie; and he had a lifelong passion for fishing and canoeing.

The Liturgy of Christian Burial will celebrated Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 11 a.m. from Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 145 Square Round, Franklin. Father Roger L. Charbonneau will be the celebrant and homilist. Assisting as Deacon will be The Reverend Mr. Gabriel Gagne. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow in Saint Mary’s Cemetery.

Friends may call at Saint Mary’s Church on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the hour of the funeral. Gifts in Cecil’s memory may be made to Hope Lodge, 237 East Avenue, Burlington 05401 or to Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic, Church, in care of, P.O. Box 563-222 Missisquoi Street, Enosburgh Falls 05450.

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