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Geoffrey KENT

1942 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Geoffrey KENT Obituary
KENT, Geoffrey John James Geoffrey John James Kent died suddenly on Monday, September 18th. He was 75. He is survived by his wife (Patricia Kent), his former wife (Jan Kent), their children (Ian Kent and Mara Davis) and grandchildren (Xander Davis and Adalyn Davis), his sister (Jean Staveley) of Chesham England, his step-children (Geoff Hall, Tom Hall, and Patricia Campbell) and their children (Ellise Hall, Burrich Hall, Greyson Hall, and Autumn Hall). Geoff was born in Mitcham England in 1942 during the blitz. Like many children of the war, he and his sister were evacuated to the countryside for relative safety. Growing up, he enjoyed many days boating the Thames and English canals with friends, had many international friendships and married a visiting "Yank" in 1970. Always a creative mind, he earned a degree in Interior Design from the Manchester College of Art and Design. He welcomed his son (Ian) into the world in 1979, and his daughter (Mara) in 1982. After relocating the family to the United States in 1983, he worked in Atlanta as an interior designer with Idea-Span (a branch of Stevens & Wilkinson Interiors), then transferred departments to work as an architectural draftsman and systems administrator. He retired from the architecture firm of Stevens & Wilkinson Stang & Newdow in 2008. Geoff mastered skills that are largely lost in our world, some of which disappeared a century ago. These were his hobbies! He could shape any piece of wood or metal, whether to design and build custom furniture, replace a part on an antique British car, craft a calibrated sundial, invent modern toys and curiosities for his grandchildren and friends, or fashion a piece of contemporary jewelry. He did it all with ease and artistry. Despite his relocation to the US, Geoff retained his British citizenship, ascerbic wit and sense of humour. The twinkle in his eye belied his sarcasm. A memorial service will be held at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. Reception to follow service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the .
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 23, 2017
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