Michael Cameron “Cam” King, a longtime resident of the Venice and Marina del Rey area, passed away Dec. 27 from complications of a tragic motorcycle accident in Manhattan Beach. He was 62.
King was well known in the Venice-Marina del Rey community for his friendly demeanor and his warm personality, friends said.
Always quick with a smile and a laugh, he also had a talent for music and wrote hundreds of original songs, friends said. His great enthusiasm for history and English were reflected in his enlightened conversations, which were known to go on for hours, they added.
Music was his love and Harley-Davidson motorcycles were his passion. King owned and collected many bikes over the years and knew the back roads of California very well.
King was born in Chicago to a loving mother who taught English. He had a great affection for Beatles icon John Lennon, with whom King shared an Oct. 9 birthday.
King eventually settled in Southern California for its “unique quirkiness” which fit his lifestyle well, friends said. He frequented many local businesses in Venice and Marina del Rey and was always welcomed with a smile.
King, who contributed to many lives with his sweet spirit and his love and zest for life, was always grateful for the gift of life and the opportunity to contribute to others’ lives, friends noted. He had a great ability to speak on many topics with a vast understanding of the importance of peace and love.
King possessed a true entrepreneurial spirit with his oil and gold investment businesses, and enjoyed the simple life as a free-spirited person, friends said.