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KENT, Terence John (Terry)

September 27, 1941 – Woking, County Surrey, England
April 8, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Terence (Terry) John Kent passed away on April 8, 2019 in Calgary, AB.

Terry came to Canada at the age of six with his mother, a war bride, settled in Moose Jaw and attended William Greyson Elementary School and Technical High School. His career job with Kraft Foods moved him and Joan around the province—Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and finally Calgary where he retired after twenty nine years with the company. Terry had many interests and poured himself into his hobbies. He had a gift and passion for meeting people and building friendships all over the world. He loved sports and was an avid hockey fan, especially the Saskatoon Blades and the Calgary Flames. He also coached hockey and ringette while Kevin and Brenda were playing.

Terry’s love of trains provided the perfect retirement job as conductor on the Heritage Park Railway, which he held for ten years, meeting and greeting visitors as ’Conductor Terry’. He also belonged to the Calgary Model Railway Society. Although he did not have a train lay-out of his own, he enjoyed everyone’s efforts and volunteered at their annual event, Supertrain.

Terry enjoyed all things military and was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion 285 for many years. He also joined the Calgary Naval Veterans Association and spent many Saturday mornings at the Corvette Club visiting with his Shipmates. He was also a volunteer Watchkeeper at the Calgary Navy Museum. He loved music, especially Celtic and folk. He had a natural talent and a beautiful singing voice. Terry was a member and soloist with the Irish Cultural Society Choir for many years, and he even learned to sing in Irish. A highlight was performing in a musical theatre tribute to Percy French, Gortnamona, which was performed several times in Calgary and Vancouver. Terry also belonged to the Men Folk Singing group which meets once a month to sit around in a circle and just sing, bringing out wonderful voices and harmonies for the joy of it.

Terry and Joan loved to travel and they collected many new friends from various countries—Denmark, Belgium, Germany, England, the US, Australia and other parts of Canada. When Terry was diagnosed with terminal cancer last September, our Aussie friends, Gail and David, warmed our hearts with a surprise visit while Terry was still feeling well.

Terry is survived by his loving wife of fifty three years, Joan (Gierl); his son Kevin Kent, daughter-in-law Candace Ayres, and grandchildren Elliot and Neko of Calgary; his daughter Brenda Kent, son-in-law Inderjit (Ich) Diocee, and grandchildren Quinn and Nova, of Cobble Hill, BC; sister-in-law Rosemarie Barilla of Regina, brothers-in-law Frank Gierl (Charlotte) of Moose Jaw and John Gierl (Anne) of Spruce Grove.

A Celebration of Terry’s Life will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building, 3625-4 Street SW, Calgary, AB. There will be an open mic – it would be a gift to the family if you bring your stories, songs and memories of Terry to share. If friends so desire, our family would welcome memorial tributes made directly to Samaritan’s Purse – Canada, 20 Hopewell Way N.E., Calgary, AB T3J 5H5 Telephone 1 (800) 663-6500 www.samaritanspurse.ca, or to the Salvation Army, 1731 29th Street SW Calgary, AB, T3C 1M6, on line at www.salvationarmy.ca, or by phone 403-410-1112.

In living memory of Terry Kent, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Terry was a friend and a valued contributor to all of Calgary Naval Veterans Association (“CNVA”), Naval Museum of Alberta Society (“NMAS”) and
    Centennial 285 Calgary Branch, Royal Canadian Legion (RCL285)
    and we will miss him. I am sending donation in his memory
    to Salvation Army.
    Ed Brown, member, CNVA, NMAS and RCL 285

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  2. Hi Kevin and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find some peace over the next while. I now know after seeing the photo and reading about him that I met Terry at Heritage Park a few times and I believe at the Naval Museum as a close family friend (Gord Rowan) was also active over there. Imagine the lives he touched at Heritage Park bringing those train experiences to the public. I’m Kevins friend, Bob Sumner.

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  3. Eileen and Fern Bourassa

    Joan,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Terry’s death. We met you both years ago when Brenda was an Irish Dancer. My daughter Elaine Flanagan danced at that time also. I remember we were at a party at your home around Christmas with Shirley and Don and had a lovely evening of music and singing. We moved to Vancouver Island shortly after that and lost touch. We are now back in Calgary and I was told very recently that Terry was ill.
    We are very sad for you and your family in the loss of this great man.
    Eileen and Fern

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