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.