Published on July 31st, 2020 | by Staples Soccer


Staples Soccer Mourns Victor King ’73

Victor King — a defender on Staples’ 1972 state and FCIAC champion team, a nationally known bridge player, and son of longtime Staples science teacher and department chair Dick King — was murdered on Sunday in his Hartford home.

Suspect Jerry David Thompson — now in custody — wielded a Samurai sword. He had recently moved into a vacant room in King’s Asylum Avenue house.


The day before, King had called police after being threatened with the sword by Thompson over a rent dispute. The next day, when friends could not contact King, they called police.

Thompson — who has previous convictions for assault and robbery — has refused to talk to his public defender. He claims he is a “sovereign citizen,” not subject to law.

King was remembered by former teammates. Peter Dickstein called him “soft-spoken, highly intelligent, always ready to laugh, and tenacious.” George Barrett said he was “a terrific teammate … not one to claim the limelight, but gritty and indispensable to our team.” Mark Goldrosen added, “Victor was a very talented, yet humble and unassuming, teammate, and a very formidable participant in our weekend poker games. Victor always had a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face.”

King worked at Travelers Insurance for more than 20 years. He retired from his IT job in 2018. He was a Grant Life Master bridge player, and won a national championship in 2016.

His cousin, Jim Banks, told the Hartford Courant: “He was one of the good guys. One that would never hurt a soul. One that would always reach out and help others. He was pleasant as can be. Always seemed to be happy. He was just a joy to be around.”

King is the 4th loss for the ’72 team. Paul Herrault died at a young age from cancer; Dennis Murphy succumbed to esophogeal cancer 4 years ago, while Jeff Williamson died after a long illness earlier this year.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the family’s expenses.

Victor King (Photo courtesy of Hartford Courant, from Jim Banks)




2 Responses to Staples Soccer Mourns Victor King ’73

  1. Jeff Lea says:

    Very sad news, indeed! In the autumn of 2018, I was very happy to renew acquaintance with Victor at the Reunion of former players celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Staples Soccer. 47 years after he graduated from Staples, I still well remember his play as a strong tackling defender, also noteworthy for his modesty, quick wit and great team spirit. RIP Victor

  2. James Bacharach says:

    Yes, very sad. A really good teammate and quietly funny guy. You could count on him to win the ball. And one of my Union teammates can attest to his hard tackles after a game with Middlebury.