Harold Edwin Kingston, 90, of Ocean View, Del., formerly of Wilmington, Del., passed away Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at the Renaissance Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Millsboro, Del. A naval veteran of World War II, he was a “plank owner” (original member of the ship’s crew) of the U.S.S. Waller (DD-466), a 2,100-ton Fletcher class destroyer. He served as a radioman on that ship from 1942 to 1944, as she participated in some of the most famous battles of the Pacific Theatre, including Rennel Island (where the Waller rescued survivors from the cruiser U.S.S. Chicago after that ship was torpedoed and sunk), Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Kula Gulf, Vella Lavella, Solomon Islands and others. The Waller did not suffer a single fatality in any of its battles while Kingston was aboard. He faithfully attended Waller ship reunions every two years and most recently proudly attended the dedication of the Waller plaque at the Naval Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He served as an accountant for the federal government at the Defense Support Supply Center for 28 years and also was a comptroller for an auto agency. Kingston was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Del. He was a real “family guy” who truly loved his wife, children and grandkids. A social creature, he loved people and attending the Navy ship reunions.
Kingston was preceded in death by his parents, Perley and Flora Kuregur Kingston; his wife of 45 years, Carolyn Tate Kingston; his brother, Jack; and his sisters, Thelma and Barbara. He is survived by a son, Bruce Kingston of Ocean View; a daughter, Sharon Meconi and her husband, Vince, of Wilmington; a sister-in-law, Arlene Kingston of Charlton, Mass.; a brother-in-law, Alex Tate and his wife, Mary, of Wilmington; three grandchildren, Heather Kingston, Lindsay Meconi and Jamie Meconi; a great-grandson, Eric Kingston; and many special friends and neighbors in Woodland Park.
A graveside service was scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, at the Gracelawn Memorial Park, 2220 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.
The family thanked the excellent staff at Renaissance Center in Millsboro.