John D.W. Kingston, 85, of Stockbridge, teacher of design at Simon’s Rock  

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By Friday, Dec 8 Obituaries

Stockbridge – John D.W. Kingston, 85, died of natural causes Tuesday, December 5th 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John was born in Wanganui, New Zealand on February 6, 1932 to the late Jack and Doreen Tunnicliffe Kingston. He was in the Army Corps in New Zealand and attended schools in New Zealand, France and the United States where he earned his Master’s degree in Art.
John was a teacher at Simon’s Rock College where he taught 3-dimensional design in drawing and ceramics. He was a communicant of Stockbridge Congregational Church.
He and his wife, Marjorie “Gege” Wilson were married on February 11, 1967 in Woodside, Calif., and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.
He died at home with his family around him. We held him and loved him to the last moments.
He was handsome, funny, witty, tender, unassuming, and big hearted. He was the most talented and accomplished artist we have ever known. He was an artist to his last days, painting and drawing to the end.
John left us with a treasure of journals, sculpture, drawings, paintings and countless other arts, crafts and projects for us to learn from in his absence.
He is survived by his wife Gege Kingston of Stockbridge. His children; Manu Z. Kingston of Lee, Palu B. Kingston of Seattle, Wash., and his brother Robert Kingston and his wife Helen of Christchurch, New Zealand.
A memorial service for Mr. John D.W. Kingston will be held on Thursday December 14th at the Stockbridge Congregational Church at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s memories can be made to Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the Roche Funeral Home, 120 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240.
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