John W. Kent Sr., 66, of Lakeshore Road, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 3, 2017, at the CVPH Medical Center.
He was born in Vermontville, N.Y., on April 22, 1951, the son of Claude and Helen (Tyler) Kent.
John grew up in Vermontville and graduated from Saranac Lake Central School. He then went to work for the Town of Saranac Lake first as a snowplow driver, and after many years of working for the town, he retired as manager of the Water and Sewer Plant. During these many years in Saranac Lake, John also volunteered as an EMT for the Saranac Lake Fire and Rescue Squad, and he also built and ran the E & M Market in Saranac Lake.
Following his retirement from the town, John sold insurance for the Combined Life Insurance Company of New York. He retired from this company as the District Manager after 20 years. He then began selling insurance for the Woodman of the World Insurance Company. He married the former Lynne E. Lombard on Dec. 11, 2008, at their home on the lake and together they spent many years caring for many foster children. He was a wonderful dad to many children.
He loved to play football while in high school and was an avid sports fan, including the New York Yankees (which he listened to every night with his father on the radio) and New York Giants. He was also an avid NASCAR Fan and loved watching and attending races with his son Johnny.
John was a man who spent his life caring for others. Not only his family, but anyone in need. He was always willing to sacrifice something of his own to help someone else. He was always "on the go" and never took one day for granted. John's life could be summed up as "He Loved To Live & Lived To Love"
He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and who he helped.
Survivors include his loving wife, Lynne E. Kent of Chazy; his children, Angela Yorkey and her husband Richard of Bloomingdale, Bryant Watson and his wife Kellylynn of Schuyler Falls, Kara Carter and her husband Chad of Champlain, and Travis K. Fisher and his wife Amy of Merrill; his first wife, Barbara Kent of Saranac Lake; grandchildren, Cole, Samantha and Mason Watson, Lilliana, Scott, and Alivia Carter, and Logan and Evan Fisher; foster children, Maggy, Peter, Alysia, AJ, Ariel, Keegan, Taimaria, Jemeika, Alaysia, Demtria, and Marvin and her sisters; and two sisters, Linda and Julie. John is also survived by his in-laws, Clay and Charlene Lombard of Plattsburgh; grandmother-in-law, Albina St. Germain; sisters-in-law, Lisa Escher of Las Vegas and Lu-Ann (Gordon) Santor of Plattsburgh; and brother-in-law, Gregory (Nicole) Lombard of Peru.
John was predeceased by his parents and one son, John W. Kent, Jr. on May 27, 2003.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7, at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, in Sacred Heart Church in Chazy.
Donations in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the Clinton County Foster Care Unit.
To share a photo, story, or condolence with John's family, please visit www.rwwalkerfh.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the R.W. Walker Funeral Home, 69 Court Street, Plattsburgh, NY 12901. (518) 563-1760.
Published on June 5, 2017