(Sept. 14, 1915 – June 3, 2009)
It is with great sorrow that the family of George F. Kent, 93 years, announces his peaceful passing on June 3, 2009 while in the tender and loving care of two of his children, Karen and Jack.
George leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Beatrice Phyllis (Kobierski). Together they created a family who will sorely miss him.
He leaves behind children: Karen McGourty (Jack) of Kitimat; Bob Kent (Susan Breeze) of Ontario; predeceased by his dearly beloved son David. Also missing him are his grandchildren: Stephanie Jeffrey (Steven); Tanya Pinto (Mario); Erin Lapointe (Shayne); Summer Breeze-Kent (Cam); Chelsea Breeze-Kent (Jesse); Tristan Breeze-Kent (Katrina).
George was the very proud and loved great grandfather of Parker, Alexandra, Evan, Declan, Tyrell and Russell, all of whom will miss his presence in their lives. Also mourning his passing are sisters Irene Wrigley and Dolly Galloway (Gordon) and dearest friends Bob and Margie Kern. He was predeceased by his parents Fred and Eliza Kent (Gamble); his sisters Katherine, Vera and Phyllis and brother Douglas.
George was a man with a deep and noble sense of duty and commitment to community service. Born during the Depression Era, he left home as a young man and moved to BC to work as a cowboy on the Douglas Lake Cattle Ranch. He was a veteran of WWII during which he served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment, during and after D-Day until the Armistice, appointed Sergeant-Major, the ranking officer of his regiment. George was wounded several times, medaled and recognized for bravery and service. Upon his return to Canada he joined the BC Police and remained with the force when it joined with the RCMP. He served, in total, over 37 years, retiring with the rank of Staff-Sergeant Major. From 1975-1980 George served as a BC Deputy Sheriff and then went on to serve in the BC Corps Commissionaires. He was also well known in his role as a Marriage Commissioner who officiated over more than two hundred nuptials.
George believed in and dedicated his life to the service of his community. He spent many years involved in the Guiding and Scouting movement for more than 50 years; District Scoutmaster for Chilliwack and recipient of the prestigious Silver Acorn award. He loved sports and coaching in soccer and baseball, leading the Sidney minor league team to the BC provincial championship in 1955. George was a proud and active member of the Rotary Club, Masonic Lodge and other service organizations over many years and in many communities.
George will be missed deeply by family and friends and acquaintances whose lives were enriched through his help and his friendship over the years. The family expresses deep gratitude for the exemplary care and kindness of his home support workers, home care nurses, DVA, our dear friend Jennifer and the staff at Locke’s Pharmacy, and Dr. Ron Bull, friend and physician, and all who made George’s final days more comfortable.
A memorial service celebrating the life of George F. Kent will be held July 2, 2009, 1:00 pm, at St. Thomas Anglican Church, 46048 Gore Ave., Chilliwack. All arrangements handled by Henderson Funeral Home, Chilliwack.
May he find peace and comfort in the knowledge that he will be forever loved.
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