The gifts keep arriving at Walter “Wally” King’s apple tree in Bothell.
And the apples keep growing and falling. A sign is still tacked near the tree: “Free apples from Wally. Help yourself.”
King died July 18 at the age of 79.
He lived in Bothell for 30 years near the corner of 103rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 185th Street.
“I miss him, he was my friend,” said Jeremiah Cunningham, who admired King’s expansive yard that he groomed with his trusty Snapper lawn mower. He enjoyed fishing and the music of Patsy Cline, Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and the Beatles.
Cunningham was not alone in his praise for King.
One note placed at the tree read: “Thank you, Wally. You were the first person that made me feel welcome in the neighborhood. You waved from your porch with that great smile. I hope to pass that gift on to others wherever I make my home.”
Another note added: “I never met you, neighbor, but I would walk by many times and always enjoyed seeing you out in the yard. Your presence will be missed.”