Robert Kent

Robert Erik Tyler Kent

Tuesday, April 21st, 1964 - Tuesday, April 21st, 2020
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Robert Erik Tyler Kent, born April 21, 1964 in Toronto, Ontario passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on his birthday April 21, 2020 at 56 years of age near his home in Vancouver BC – in the city and near the ocean he loved.

Growing up in the small village of Kleinburg, Ontario with his younger sister, Kari who admired him so much; Rob spent much of his youth developing a love of sports from his father who coached his softball teams and taught him how to play tennis and golf; and from his mother who acted as cheerleader and chauffeur to his many tennis tournaments, skating competitions, skiing lessons and baseball games. Along with his drive and competitive spirit; Rob was a natural “ham” – and performed magic tricks at birthday parties before he landed his first summer job at Canada’s Wonderland – where he performed and sold magic tricks.

A physical education graduate of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario; Rob was a sports fanatic all of his life enjoying softball and golf until his last days. Music was also a great love of Rob’s as he was known for his “mixed tapes” of 70’s and 80’s groups, the celebration of Phil Collins’ Birthday, and also his own “tinkling of the ivories” and his dabbling in songwriting.

The performance skills he learned as a child magician were put to use as he worked as a software trainer for much of his career. Providing training was his “stage” and he enjoyed teaching and engaging students while providing a little entertainment via his quick wit and charming sense of humour. While Rob grew up in a small family; he kept close friendships throughout his life; maintaining friends from high school, university; an adult beginner hockey league in Toronto (Senators), through various jobs in both Ontario and BC, as well as the WECSL softball league in Vancouver BC. His countless friendships were an extension of his family; and he was a compassionate and caring friend and colleague who supported everyone’s small triumphs and provided his support in difficult times.

Rob is reunited with his father Pentti (Eric) Kent and will be joining him on the fairways above. He was a loving son of both Pentti and Joyce Kent (Patterson); a beloved brother of Kari and brother-in law Michael McKenna, and cherished uncle of Adrianna and Kiara-Lynn. He will also be greatly missed by brother-like friends, Jim and Nelson, the WECSL family and a huge assortment of friends across the country.
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Karen Beaupre Rack

Posted at 07:58am
Karen (Beaupre) Rack
Ottawa, On
It melts my heart to hear of Robbie's passing. His laugh, his quirky jokes. To this day I think of him any time I hear Phil on the radio with old tunes. We would get together for a date when ever I would make it to Vancouver and I looked forward to our chats and hear what he was up to. It was like the years stood still and we were back at Huntington as kids enjoying residence life. Condolences to his family and friends. He was a wonderfully caring and lovely man. Deepest sympathies

Margaret Dornai

Posted at 04:49pm
I wish to send my condolences to every member of Robert's family. Certainly, Robert died way too young. I remember the figure skating and the magic, in addition to the tennis that he played with my Dad. I think I recall Robbie being the star of the show one year when I was part of a figure skating event. Robbie was always a leader in the social groups. I have good memories of having known him. I am sure Robert lived a good life, even though it was a short one. My sympathies to all of you.

Richard Perron

Posted at 02:20pm
I had the chance to meet Rob during my first year at Laurentian University as we both stayed at Huntington Residence. We were both pretty sarcastic people and I think that's why we became good friends from the get go and stayed friends until this tragic event. I will always remember Rob for his healthy meals at the residence (coke and chips, the odd burger and of course pizza from the Pizza Joint)! He was a great person who always took the time to ask how my wife and my daughter were doing whenever we would be talking to each other. I will miss having our conversations about sports and music. May you rest in peace my friend.

Richard Perron

Vincenzo Paparo

Posted at 08:26pm
I have spent days and days mulling over my favourite Rob memories,
His menu ( Coca Cola Classic, ritz crackers and cheese slices, Pizza Joint Pizza and of course “ The Bun and Run”),
His love of music, yes his and Phil Collins’.
To his family I say this, you should be very proud, he was a friend and a mentor to everyone he met.
Vince Paparo

Carolyn Butterworth

Posted at 11:02pm
I will truly miss a dear friend. We met at university and have been friends ever since. He was always so thoughtful, calling on birthdays and holidays. So tragic that we will never speak again. You will be greatly missed.

Carolyn (Kearns) Butterworth

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