Mr. Kingsley was born in Brattleboro, on July 7, 1957, to Evelyn B. and Orrin M. Kingsley. He attended school in Whitingham and graduated with the class of 1975.
On September 6, 1980, Mr. Kingsley married Patricia M. Corey, of Halifax. They were blessed with two children, Jared and Leslie. He was extremely proud of both of his children and instilled many valuable traits in them, especially his extraordinary work ethic. He not only was blessed with his children, but was equally blessed with two granddaughters, Marissa and Caroline. His life was focused around his family. He enjoyed puttering around the house, camping when the kids were younger, working in his vegetable garden, cutting bushes (which he said was a never ending job), and most importantly he enjoyed talking with family and friends about current events, family genealogy, and local happenings. He especially enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters talking to them about his garden, flowers, birds, animals, and the outdoors in hopes of providing them with the knowledge and importance of nature, which he had a true passion for.
Mr. Kingsley spent much of his younger years working on a local farm, logging, and at sawmills. His true love was with the lumber industry. In December 1988 he began working at Cersosimo Lumber Company in Brattleboro as an equipment operator and later transitioned to a log scaler. When asked by his granddaughter what he did for a job he would tell her that “he counted logs.”
Mr. Kingsley was also well known for the family cider business. Many long and cold hours were spent pressing the cider so that it was fresh each day for their customers. In 1975 he started out as a one-man operation, but realized that his quick success would require the help of other family members. The family cider business came to an end in 1996 when his mother died and could no longer deliver cider to their customers.
Mr. Kingsley was a member of Unity Lodge #89 F. & A.M. in Jacksonville and was one of its past masters; an organization he enjoyed and was proud to be a member of.
Mr. Kingsley is survived by his wife, Pat, of 36 years; his son Jared and wife Lia, and granddaughters, Marissa and Caroline, of Jacksonville; his daughter, Leslie and husband Noah Blakney, of Lebanon, NH; his uncle Howard (Bud) and aunt Edna Bemis, of Jacksonville; his mother-in-law Lavern Corey, of Halifax; several brother-and sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He also leaves behind his beloved cats Greta, Tipper, and Copper; and grandpups Maya, Nova, and Macy. Mr. Kingsley was preceded in death by his mother, who died in 1996, and his father who died in 1999.
Mr. Kingsley’s family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Corey and Bemis families for their love and support. The family would like to also express immense gratitude to Cersosimo Lumber Company and Corum Mabie Cook Prodan Angell & Secrest, PLC, for their ongoing support and understanding throughout Mr. Kingsley’s illness. Lastly, they would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses at Brattleboro Oncology for their extreme compassion and care, and especially to Agnes Mikijaniec, who was there every step of the way through his journey. She is truly an amazing person.
A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Kingsley’s life will take place at the Jacksonville Community Church on Saturday, April 8, at 10 am. A time for fellowship and refreshments will follow the service at the Jacksonville Municipal Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Kingsley’s memory can be made to Unity Lodge #89, c/o David Allen, PO Box 21, Jacksonville, VT 05342 or the Brattleboro Oncology Unit, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, 17 Belmont Avenue, Brattleboro, VT 05301.