It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of a great man. David M. King, owner of C.E. King and Sons, current NECPA board member and past President, passed away February 11, 2017, after a brave battle with leukemia. He was 62.
Born on September 21, 1954, in Southampton, NY, he grew up in Springs, NY, graduating from East Hampton High School in 1973.
After graduating from Herkimer County Community College, David joined his family’s awning business, C.E. King and Sons, of which he eventually became a partner and owner. Active in the industry, he served as President of the Northeast Canvas Products Association (NECPA) from 2006 to 2007.
In addition to his professional pursuits, he also enjoyed hunting, photography and exploring local history. However, the Springs Fire Department was his lifelong passion. Following in the footsteps of his father, he rose through the ranks to chief in 2015, and was known for putting the safety of the members first and providing the best service possible. He led by example, his colleagues said, participating in as many training exercises as he could to keep up with the latest techniques and promoting the importance of upgrading equipment.
David’s family, friends, and fellow Springs firefighters remembered him as being “fiercely loyal, dedicated, committed, and generous.” Friend and professional colleague, IFAI Chairman of the Board, Katie Bradford had this to say:
“Passion is an understatement for how he felt about his home, his fire department, and the NECPA. We collaborated on several jobs in his area, and the way he spoke about the South Fork, where his family has been for twelve generations, was truly heartfelt.
As president of the NECPA, he was tireless in promoting the group and its programs. He lobbied so hard for the IFAI to hold the annual Expo in New England, that the president of IFAI was forced to acquiesce. The resulting show in Boston in 2012 remains the best attended Expo ever — despite being only weeks behind Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out numerous vendors who couldn't show. David was just the type of person who never gave up. He will be greatly missed."
Memorial contributions in David’s honor can be made to the Springs Fire Department Scholarship Fund, 179 Fort Pond Boulevard, East Hampton, NY 11937.