Dr. Thomas J. Kent Dds
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Dimbleby Funeral Home
40 Main Street
Whitesboro, NY
Dr. Thomas J. Kent, DDS 1942 - 2021
WHITESBORO - Dr. Thomas James Kent, DDS, of Whitesboro, passed away on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, after a brief illness at age 78. He was just a week shy of being able to watch his favorite sporting event, the playing of the Masters Golf tournament. Instead, he is strolling the fairways of Heaven.
He was born on September 28, 1942, in Utica, NY, to his late parents, Howard and Louise (Unser) Kent.
He attended St. Michael's College and University, Toronto, earning a Doctorate in Dental Science (DDS). He maintained a busy dental practice in Utica, NY, for two decades before retiring from practice and working for MetLife Dental Insurance. He also served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve, providing dental care to military personnel.
He married Eileen Vebber in 1970, in Whitesboro, NY. Though they later divorced, they always remained close over the years.
He was very active with his kids' sporting events and served on the board of the Whitestown Youth Hockey Association. Tom was an avid golf fan and player and shared countless hours with his friends, Mike Dyer, Jim Varieur, Jim Dunn and Glenn Reaves.
He is survived by, Eileen Kent; two sons, Geoffrey Kent (Delmar, NY), wife, Laurie, daughter, Haley, son, Ryan and Mathew Kent (Gladstone, NJ), wife, Kellen, son, Tayt, daughter, Madigan.
He was predeceased by his mother, Louise; his father, Howard; and his stepfather, Belmont Hodkinson.
The family wishes to thank the Whitesboro Fire Department EMS personnel, Dr Najam ud Din, the staff of Unit 3C and the palliative care team at St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the Sitrin Rehabilitation Center, who all played important roles in his healthcare throughout the last year.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Whitesboro, NY, with the Rev. Thomas Durant officiating on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:30 AM. There will be no public calling hours. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the Memorial Mass. Facial masks must be worn, social distancing and contact tracing will be implemented.
Arrangements are with the Dimbleby Funeral Homes, Inc., 40 Main St., Whitesboro.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Whitesboro Volunteer Fire Department in his memory. Envelopes will be available at the Memorial Mass.
For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com.


Published by The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 6 to Apr. 7, 2021.
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I am very sorry to hear about Tom's passing. Tom and I were very close friends from Lourdes grammar school through High School at UCA. We played basketball and baseball together through these years and travelled around with each other frequently when not playing sports.
Last year Mike Dyer informed me about Tom's health status and I have been in phone contact with Tom during the past year. Whenever I talked to Tom, he was always upbeat despite the health challenges he was facing. Tom was a real fighter.
I wish to express my sincere condolences to the Kent family for their loss.

Dick Vaeth
Webster NY
Dick Vaeth
Friend
April 8, 2021
Dear Eileen, Jeff Matt and Family:
I was so very sorry to read of Tom's passing today.
Know my prayers are with you at this difficult time.
He and Bob can watch the Masters together. It is sad, both so young.. God bless you,
Michele Simmen
Michele A Simmen
Friend
April 7, 2021
I first met Tom when I was on the Whitesboro School Board back in the 80’s. He and Steve Gerling were the driving force behind the creation of the Whitesboro Hockey Program. Whitesboro didn’t have a hockey program at the time, but Tom was able to convince the board to create the program. We were successful and started the hockey program, and look at it now ! His family should be proud, my condolences to them. RIP TOM.
Steve Madrak
Acquaintance
April 7, 2021
Tom and I went to grammar and high schoolntogether. So many memories. So very orry to lose another classmate. He will be missed. Condolences to his whole family.


Anne Owen Mikalajunas
anne owen mikalajunas
Classmate
April 7, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ted McCarthy
April 7, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I had the pleasure of growing up with Tom as part of the Melrose/ Cornwall South Utica bunch who played every ball game imaginable in the street, yards and at Wankel. In high school we were friends on one hand and opponents on the other, particularly on the basketball court. Tom was a key member of the great UCA teams that included Mike Dyer, Dick Vaeth, Pete Le Clair,Jerry Stys and others. Our UFA team had memorable games against them. I was recently reminising with Ed Macner who playes for Saint Francis. He told me that he still could not forget not fouling Tom Kent as Tom drove the basket to make a winning shot. There are many memories of high school sports in Utica in the late 50's and early 60's and Tom will always be a part of them. Later in life I was fortunate to know son, Matt, who like his Dad hit a great golf ball! God bless Tom and his family.
Rodger Potocki
Friend
April 7, 2021
Tom rest in peace.
Kathryn
Classmate
April 6, 2021
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