Samuel Howes King

Samuel Howes King

April 24th 1953 – May 17th 2019 


Sam succumbed to advanced throat cancer near his home in Crystal River, Fla. in May. He had been living in Florida for the past five years after calling Chatham home for most of his life. He was 66.


            The 2nd of nine children born to Wendy Howes and Ted King, Sam spent his earliest years summering in Chatham amongst a vast extended family of grand parents, aunts, uncles and cousins who descend from one of Chatham’s founding families. A life long sailor and wood worker Sam had an eye for beauty in yacht design and sailing craft and took great joy in tinkering with his various sailing vessels through out his life.


            Following high school in Mendham, New Jersey Sam ventured out to the Pacific Northwest and on to Alaska where he held positions in marine construction, commercial fishing and once sailed as a deckhand on a commercial tow boat that hauled freight up the Yukon River from the Bering Sea.


            After more than 20 years of living and working in the west Sam returned to his roots on Cape Cod and settled in Chatham. He spent his time restoring older sail boats and helping friends with construction and maintenance projects. He loved to sail in Nantucket Sound and often could be found anchored up inside Harding’s Beach or puttering in his beloved tender Unga just to get away from it all.


            Sam had a style all his own. A true original. He loved women, vintage Saabs and listening to music. He was well known for strong opinions on everything and was never shy about letting his view on a topic be known. Whether it was about how a certain task should be performed or on the State of the Union, nothing was off limits. However his kind heart and generous spirit ruled the day making him a character loved and cherished by his family and many friends. He is dearly missed but his spirit lives on in the waters off Alaska and Chatham.


            A Celebration of Sam’s life is planned for Saturday October 12, (4 – 7 PM) at the Bluff House on Sears Point in Chatham. Donations may be made in Sam’s name to the Chatham Historical Society or a charity of your choice.