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William Kingsley Colton

Hanover, N.H. — William Kingsley Colton, 89, of Hanover, died peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, with his wife of 62 years, Amanda (nee Eggert) by his side. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind three children, Peter B. (Laura) of Burnsville, Minn., Catherine C. Drake (Jonathan) of St. Davids, Pa., and Anne Colton Sapp (Daniel) of Mill Valley, Calif. and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers the Reverend Harold Bradford Colton and Michael Olcott Colton.

Known as Kingsley, he attended McBurney School in New York City and worked as a child model and radio actor to support his family during the Depression, appearing regularly on such shows as “My Son and I” and “Let’s Pretend.” In Orson Welles’ and John Houseman’s 1938 production of “A Christmas Carol” on The Campbell Playhouse, Kingsley played the role of Tiny Tim, and in Welles’ Mercury Theater production of “Oliver Twist” he played the role of Oliver.

After serving in the Army he entered Columbia University on the GI Bill, receiving his BA and later an MA in American History. He spent his adult career at Young & Rubicam holding various administrative positions and was named a vice president. He and his family resided in Lloyd Harbor, Long Island before he retired with his wife to Kendal at Hanover in 1991.

A Burial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 at St. Denis Church, in Hanover. No memorials please.