Obituary: Bill King, a former resident of Ridgefield
Bill King, a former resident of Ridgefield, CT, passed away on December 16, 2018 of complications related to ALS, surrounded by his family. Bill was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who treasured time with his family and enjoyed a long career in the investments field.
He adored his wife, Rhonda, and two daughters, Erica (Ippoliti) and Julie, as well as his three grandchildren, Aiden (6), Emma (5), and Anna (2). Bill and his wife, Rhonda, spent 42 years of marriage together and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Hawaii in 2016.
Bill was an active family man who spent many years coaching his daughters’ soccer teams. He was also an avid golfer and Texas Longhorns fan, and enjoyed biking, running, and playing tennis. Bill completed several competitive races in cycling and running, including the 100 mile long Seagull Century Ride. Bill and his daughter, Erica, ran a half marathon together in Fort Myers in 2009 and the Marine Corps 10k in 2015. After Bill was diagnosed with ALS, Erica ran the full Hartford Marathon in his honor, raising over $15,000 for the Les Turner ALS Foundation in the process.
Bill made countless trips to Austin, Texas to visit his daughter, Julie, a graduate of The University of Texas, to whom he passed on his acumen with numbers. Julie’s time at The University of Texas turned them both into rabid Longhorns football fans, a shared passion through which they spent much time together.
Bill and Rhonda enjoyed traveling together and visited several countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. They visited Amman, Jordan four times and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia five times to see their daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren while they were living overseas. On one occasion, Bill flew to Malaysia and directly back again solely to provide Rhonda with a travel companion.
Bill’s professional career spanned 42 years in the investments field, where he focused on the bond market. He worked mainly for investment banks, including UBS Financial and Merrill Lynch, where he advised institutional clients on bond trading strategies. He spent the final years of his career with Genworth Financial, where he managed teams of analysts making trading decisions for the company’s investment portfolio.
Bill was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be sorely missed, but always warmly remembered in the hearts of those who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held by his family in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
A funeral service will be held Saturday January 19, 2019 at 10:15AM at Saint Mary’s in Ridgefield, CT.
Contributions may be made to the ALS Association Florida Chapter (www.alsafl.org).