Obituary: Bruce Anthony King, (Tony)

Bruce Anthony King, (Tony), born in Toronto, Canada, February 23, 1934, passed away May 13th from cancer. His father, Bruce Barnes King, born in Canada, and his mother, born in Worcester, MA., Eloise Washburn King, had two Children, Tony and his sister Diana Hore, who lives in Toronto. King has two passports and considered himself a North American.

King attended the Crescent School, in Toronto and St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario, Canada. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. in 1956. He spent his junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Judith Stoddard and King married in 1958 and had four children: Jennifer Paradee of Westborough, MA., William King of Belgrade, Montana, Wendy Pickering of Parkton, Maryland, and Bruce King of Kennebunkport, ME. They have five grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren. His sister Diana and brother-in-law John Hore reside in Toronto and have three children, Edward, Celia and Tim and nine grand children. 

When still a boy, King worked during summers for his grandfather, John Washburn, at Washburn Garfield Co., eventually becoming that company’s President up until 1987. During that time he purchased the George H. Clark Co. and Waites Industriul Supply Co.

King was a Trustee of the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Hahnemann Hospital, and Cardigan Mountain School. He was a director of Wyman Gordon Co., the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Kinefac Corporation, Worcester Controls Corp., and Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. He was a MacDowell Colony Fellow and an honorary member of the Garden Club of America.

At age eleven, with his brownie camera given to him by his mother, King began developing his powers of observation. With unquenchable energy and enthusiasm he sought to connect with us and to share his discoveries. With keen and loving eyes, King captured grace and dignity he saw all around him and which profoundly influenced and shaped the life he lived and shared.

Focused on nature and fascinated by human potential, King photographed and wrote extensively about the world around him. We need not look far and wide for meaning and purpose – this is his principal of “pioneering in place”. The most important learning, he felt, comes from understanding one’s own experience in one’s own environment. King believed the word “becoming” rather than the word “education” best describes how a person matures. He liked to express that a child interested in nature holds the keys to our world.

A few institutions that hold King’s photographs are: The Worcester Art Museum, The Canadian National Film Board, The Museum of Modern Art and the Boston Museum of Fine Art. Both King’s and his wife’s art are represented at the Pucker Gallery in Boston. King founded Black Ice Publishers eventually changed to Time and Quiet Press, which represents his photographs and books.

A celebration of Tony’s life will be held at Buttonwood, June 24th from 11-2pm and in Kennebunkport in August at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Greater Worcester Land Trust: 101 Water Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604 or Kennebunkport Conservation Trust: PO Box 7004, Cape Porpoise, Me 04014

(Obituary and photo via Worcester Telegram & Gazette and

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Deborah Costine
5 years ago

Tony King was a stellar person. He was quiet, thoughtful and gentle. In recent years he kept a somewhat low profile in town but many knew him from his beautiful, thought-provoking photographs of nature, people and everyday images that made us look again. He was kind and generous and a very good listener. I think he had that rare ability to bring out the best in people. He loved the natural world and wanted to share it through his stunning photography. I am sad that he is gone but glad that his beautiful pictures live on.

Patricia Philbrick
5 years ago

I had the pleasure of meeting Tony and Judy
when they would travel to Gloucester for their anniversary. I will miss his kind smile and picking a card from his deck. You both
always made me feel loved. I will miss you Tony. Love to you and your family. God a bless.

Juliet Robinson
5 years ago

Our cousin, Tony King will be greatly missed. He was a wonderful man and my sister Sarah and I so enjoyed staying with him and Judy in 1988 during our summer in the US. Our mum, Pamela Robinson (nee Mathews) is still alive and lives here in Scotland. We would love to be in touch with Tony’s family to discuss the King family. I am going to Canada next year and plan to visit Laura Hannah King’s grave in Penticton. I would love to know more about her family tree as she was Mum’s grandmother. With much love, Juliet Robinson, born in Dublin, now living in Inverness Scotland.

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