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NAPLES, FL: R. Kingman Webster, “King,” 82, passed away unexpectedly on November 12, 2015. He was born to Walter N. and Florence B. Webster. He graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1954 with a B.S. in Physics. After being discharged from the Army, he became the Executive Vice President and Treasurer for the H. K. Webster Company, a fourth generation family-owned business. He worked there until his retirement in 1989.

King served as President of the New England Feed and Grain Council and chaired several other professional boards. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Lawrence Red Cross, President of the Lawrence YMCA, and was a 33rd degree Mason.

Upon retirement, King and his wife, Dee, stared the I Have a Dream Project, which promised 62 children from Lawrence a college education. King was also instrumental in encouraging the formation two charter schools in Lawrence.

After moving to Naples, Fla. in 1996, King became involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collier County. A hands-on philanthropist, he implemented an afterschool enrichment program at the Manatee Elementary and Junior High Schools.

King is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dee, his three daughters Allison Matlack (Dan), Kristen Webster, Susan Adams (David), and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Collier County, or the Community Day Charter School and Family Development Charter School, in Lawrence.

A memorial service will be held on December 28, at 2 p.m. at South Church, Central Street, Andover.
Published on  November 26, 2015
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