- Local Guide
Timothy Huntley King (also known as Timothy MacIsaac), 63, died of cancer Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at his home in Creekside.
He was born Feb. 11, 1948, in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of the late Hamilton and Bettye King, both of whom were trained as teachers at Oswego State College. Mr. King's mother taught in the North Syracuse School System until she and her two sons moved to Rochester Mills in 1960, with her second husband, Don MacIsaac, who survives, of Rochester Mills.
Mr. King attended Keith Junior High School in Indiana, graduated from Punxsutawney Area High School in 1967 and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
He was always concerned with social justice issues and was employed in a number of community-based action programs. In 1968, he volunteered as a social worker in Harlem and later held positions at both Indiana County Head Start and the Indiana County Community Action programs. He was a consummate woodworker and builder, and a skilled mechanic who worked for several local motorcycle and automotive firms, making his way up to service manager positions.
In 1991, Mr. King moved to Woodstock, N.Y., to work and study at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Buddhist monastery, and he later opened a shop specializing in spiritual books and featuring his own meticulously hand-crafted Buddhist shrines and other hand-carved pieces. During his years in Woodstock, he also worked for a specialty company, building custom bass guitars for recording artists. He later moved to Vermont, where he worked as a restoration carpenter and for a firm building high-end custom boardroom tables for large corporations.
When Mr. King came home to Pennsylvania in 2004, he worked as a carpenter with local contractors and then for the Jefferson County Community Action Weatherization Program. Most recently, he was employed by the IUP Art Department to maintain the precision, sophisticated wood-working machinery used in the Graduate Furniture Design Program and to instruct, monitor and assist students in the proper use of the equipment.
Of great importance to him was the spiritual side of his life, particularly Buddhism. He loved his family and friends, lakes and rivers, watching wildlife and storms. He was an excellent hunter and avid fisherman. He enjoyed writing and was a masterful guitar player.
Music was an extremely important component of his life â€” he sang, wrote songs and performed in public with other local musicians. He loved motorcycles and cool cars and could fix almost anything mechanical.
In addition to his step-father and step-mother, Joyce Eppler MacIsaac, surviving relatives include his beloved partner, Barbara Block of Creekside; a half-sister, Jennifer L. MacIsaac; a half-brother, Bruce M. MacIsaac and wife Beth, all of Rochester Mills; a sister-in-law, Heidi C. King and niece Francesca King, of Gaithersburg, Md.; a nephew, Justin Wilkinson of State College; and a niece, Olivia MacIsaac of Hilton Head Island, S.C.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an elder brother, Jeffrey H. King; two uncles, Harold Huntley and Cecil Huntley; two aunts, Evelyn Huntley and Ruth Huntley Greenleaf; and a cousin, Peggy Humphrey.
Loved ones and friends are invited to attend a memorial service and a social gathering at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2011, at the First Unitarian-Universalist Chuch, 285 Two-Lick Dr., Indiana. Friends are asked to bring covered dishes and beverages for the gathering.
While he was alive, Mr. King said he hoped there would be flowers "everywhere" at his service, so flowers are very welcome.
Arrangements are under the direction of the John A. Lefdahl Funeral Home, Indiana.