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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Former Goderich Police Chief Dies

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Patrick King served as Deputy Chief and Chief before retiring in 1993.

Former Goderich Police Chief Patrick King is dead at the age of 87 after a lifetime of community involvement.

King arrived in Goderich in the early 1970s to serve as Deputy Police Chief, and retired in 1993 as Chief, shortly before OPP took over policing duties in the town.

One of his first challenges was to quell a Halloween disturbance by young people in The Square in 1972, a year after the downtown area was witness to a full-blown riot.

King immigrated to Canada from the UK in 1953, and spent much of his career in policing.

He served on the Metropolitan Police force in London, England prior to his arrival, and at one time guarded the residence of then-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In his military career, King was a member of the British Army's elite Grenadier Guards regiment.

A memorial service for Patrick King will be held at the Columbus Centre on Parsons Court in Goderich on Sunday, January 10th from 1 PM to 4 PM



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