Bill King

bill king

February 5, 1954 ~ May 15, 2024

Born in: Flushing, NY
Resided in: Shoreham, NY

This is a celebration of Bill’s life. Formal attire is not required. Please wear something cheerful.

  • In lieu of flowers; Please consider making a donation in memory of Bill to:  the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (link Available at bottom of page)



Visitation: May 17, 2024 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Celebration of Life: May 18, 2024 10:00 am

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A


Washington Memorial Park
855 Canal Road
Mt. Sinai, NY 11766

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Bill King 's name.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Memories Timeline


  1. Coach King,
    You were my role model. You believed in me after all my surgeries and taught me how to believe in myself. From your coaching, helped develop my love for the game and to become a coach. Not working at shoreham was a hard choice for me, partly because you were not there. When it came to any help or reports on the season you were my go to. You always had a positive comment follow what I should do next time. Your slogans are what I use everyday with my team. I will forever hold the memories you gave me and the conversation we have had. I will miss our phone calls about softball.
    You are a real legend Coach King.

  2. To the King Family,
    Although I never worked closely with John I did know him as a colleague here in Middle Country. He was dedicated to helping his students and he was an extremely dedicated family man. He loved his family more than anything! His love of sport and the way he knew how it could create strong character was evident in his teaching, coaching and philosophy.
    Know that although his voice may be quiet now, his spirit and love will be with you always.
    My deepest sympathy to you all.

  3. Our quiet leader in the wrestling room he spoke softly and led by example . God Bless you , Sue and your family . Love & Respect – Peter McCabe

  4. candleMay you forever be at peace. We shared many years and made many memories ! I can’t remember a time that you weren’t in my life. Always felt more like a brother never an in-law! You will be missed 💕

  5. Coach,
    You always believed in me & you inspired me to be the person & softball player I became. I even remember you supporting me through college & even showed up to games to cheer me on. You were a great coach & person . You will be missed! Love & prayers to the family & friends of Bill King.

  6. Coach King
    Thank you for always being so encouraging. You always had something positive to say and pushed me to rise to the occasion. You always gave me great advice and believed in me. I will never forget our friendship and time together out on the field. I will always remember you bringing Gatorade to each game for the team. You always had my favorite flavor. It was an honor playing for you. Rest in Peace Coach King. You will be missed 💔🥎💪🏻

  7. Words alone cannot express what I am feeling hearing of Billy’s death. My heart goes out to Sue and the kids and grandkids. I knew Billy from 8th grade at Dawnwood through High School at Centereach, teaching and coaching him. Billy was my right arm during my last few years at Newfield as the wrestling coach and mentor for so many young men. His quiet strength and gentle demeanor acted as a magnet for so many. Sue and her family will be in my prayers. As once your coach, your teacher and your close friend. I will always have you in my fondest memories. Rest in Peace and The Lord’s Love Billy. God Bless you.
    Your friend,
    Tony Perna

  8. Sue
    My deepest condolences. You and your family are in my prayers.
    May Billy’s memory be everlasting.

  9. Coach King,
    Thank you for taking a chance on timid little 8th grade me. My career would’ve had an extremely different trajectory if it weren’t for your confidence in me and I’ll never be able to express how thankful I am for that. Despite the ups and downs I (and the team) experienced throughout my 5 years under your coaching, your positivity and words of encouragement are what I’ve chosen to remember since leaving the program. Rest in peace, Coach King. 💛🥎

  10. Coach King, Thank you for always believing in me and working so hard with our team everyday. The amount of effort and determination you showed never went unnoticed. Thank you for believing in me and making me a better person and player. Rest in peace coach.

  11. Sue – your memories will keep you filled up forever! You guys were a beautiful love story . The comments here say it all / he was loved and respected by many! Much love, Debbie G ♥️♥️

  12. Bill King,
    You were without a doubt one of the most amazing human beings to walk on this planet. My heart is broken over your passing and the pain you and your family have been thru these past months.. I always admired your devotion to your family and the great forever love story of
    Bill and Sue. Your quiet demeanor and herculean strength got me thru all the crazy tag sales Mary, Sue and Bill did together. All I had to say was ‘Bill help’ and you were there. It seems like yesterday you lowered with bungee cord a loveseat from a second story balcony while Sue and I covered our eyes. Yesterday while walking around Washington DC just a few hours after hearing of your passing , I was thinking of how I can honor my friend Bill and I could hear you say,
    Mary help with a Cystic Fibrosis cure and increase your weights and breath.
    You will be greatly missed Bill King!

  13. candleMy thoughts and prayers are with the King family. I worked with Mr. King my first 2 years of being a Teaching Asst. at SMS. 🙏🏼

  14. candleRemember Billy’s life well lived
    Not this sad day at his life’s end.
    Remember all the love and happiness
    Not the rough times
    Remember him always in your heart

  15. candleSending our deepest condolences to the King Family. We are heartbroken to hear of Billy’s Passing. May God Bless him and The King Family during this time. Keeping you all in our daily prayers. We have the best memories of him! A true Champion!

    Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

  16. Sue I’m so sorry for your loss.He was a good man. Football wrestling baseball we go back to 7th grade.A humble man I had a lot of respect for him God bless you guys be well sue

  17. Sending deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family Sue. Billy was an amazing man. He will be missed by all who knew him and the lives he touched. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. May all the sweet memories of Billy live in your hearts forever. May God give you strength and courage through this difficult time.

  18. Always saw him as the big man on the mat @ Glenn’s wrestling meets. As an opposing coach he was still that big man across the mat with a heart of gold, compliments and words of encouragement to my wrestlers. It was always a pleasure to get his invite for a joint practice to enjoy the tough workout and share laughs and history. God bless you Billy.

  19. Dearest John and family, We are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. We pray that God surrounds you all with his love and peace. Love, Jerry & Mary Ann Woods. (Christian’s mom & dad)

  20. candleDearest John and family, We are so very sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. We pray that God surrounds you all with his love and peace. Love, Jerry & Mary Ann Woods. (Christian’s mom & dad)

  21. candleBe at peace Uncle Bill. Thank you for the talks we shared. Thank you for being there for my dad when you were able. Aunt Sue, cousins Ashley and Jonathan, my condolences.

  22. Rest in peace my friend, my condolences to Sue and the entire King family. I first met Billy when I refereed a wrestling match at SMS. From the first time we met, I realized that he was a special type a person, you always had a smile on your face, you always had a positive out look about life, you always saw the good things about people, you never complained about the world. The last time we met, just a few months ago we spoke for qiute a time. I’ll miss you now, but we will meet again. Rest in peace my friend

  23. candleTo anyone who sees this,

    I was very saddened to hear this week about the passing of Coach King. Over 10 years ago, I met Coach King when I joined my High School Wrestling team at Centereach, wrestling for him for all four years, and I don’t think I ever had a coach in all my years of youth sports who was as understanding, fair, and committed as he was. In an age where some coaches would berate, curse at and treat their student-athletes in an unprofessional and disrespectful manner, thinking it will somehow get the best out of them, Coach King was the exception. He never once had to scream at you to make you work hard; you did so because you didn’t want to disappoint him. He could make you want to march into battle for him without ever raising his voice at you. It’s telling that in the years prior to and after his tenure as Head Coach, the program struggled to fill even a 15 man starting roster like it consistently did during my 4 years.

    I went into wrestling as a scrawny, unconfident freshman who under less understanding coaching, one that was more concerned about only the top talent that had already spent a lifetime in the sport, may not have felt motivated or to continue onward. But Coach King and his son John cared about getting every single athlete in their program the focus and mentorship they deserved, and for that I will be forever grateful. He may not have known it, but the life lessons and dedication I learned participating in Coach King’s program had an immense impact on my life that I feel to this day., as I’m sure can be said for many who worked under him The world is lesser without him to serve as a positive role model for future generations of students.

  24. I am so sorry for your loss. I first met Billy in 1960. (1st grade at Unity Drive Elementary School) I pray that God will give comfort your souls in this time of loss.

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