He was one of the giants of civic and political life in Sandwell in recent decades, and many, many people in the borough – and further afield – will miss him greatly.
I know that I for one will.
The details of Lord King’s public service are a testament in themselves to the influence he had.
He was a councillor from 1979 to 2007, leader from 1997 to 2001 and mayor in 2001/02.
He became the first Sikh member of the House of Lords in 1999.
Back home he became an Honorary Alderman in Sandwell in 2008 and an Honorary Freeman the following year.
His contribution to Sandwell was immense. He tirelessly served the whole community.
He deepened that contribution on the national stage when he was made a life peer, an honour he greatly deserved.
I will always remember him as, literally, a gentle man, one of the most courteous and thoughtful of people I have ever met.
My thoughts at this time are with his family.