Michael Kent - Cumberland

Michael Kent - Cumberland

Michael Kent, 52, of Southbury Road lost his brave battle with cancer on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center in Providence.

He passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family. The beloved husband of Wendy (Noyes) Kent, he was born in Waterbury, Conn., the loving son of Frances (Chmura) Kent of Hamden, Conn., and the late Dr. Leonard Kent.

Michael has been the director of Product Design & Innovation at Staples, Inc. in Framingham, Mass., for the past nine years.

He also was an adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art where he served on the advisory board. As well, he also was a mentor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a guest lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Prior to Staples, Inc., he worked for BIC Pens, Mattel Toys and Hasbro, Inc., where he designed Tonka trucks. A graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., he was a gifted artist, receiving more than 100 patents and numerous design awards.

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by his beloved children, Victoria Michele Kent, Courtney Jennifer Kent and Harrison Tyler Kent, all at home; his brothers, Jed Gettinger of Hamden, Conn., Paul Gettinger and his wife Margaret of Milford, Conn., and Philip Kent of Waterbury, Conn.; his sister, Dr. Faye Sultan and her husband Ken Essex of Charlotte, N.C.; his stepmother, Valerie Kent of Cheshire, Conn.; his stepbrother, David Ash of Glastonbury, Conn.; his devoted in-laws; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his immediate family, he will be missed by so many colleagues, friends, and his beloved dog, Missy.

He will be remembered for his love of coaching Cumberland Youth Flag Football.

His Celebration of Life will be held FRIDAY, JUNE 7 at 12 Noon in Four Corners Community Chapel, 200 Angell Road, Cumberland. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at BELLOWS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 160 River Road, Lincoln THURSDAY from 4-8 P.M.

In keeping with his generous spirit and love for mankind, the family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions in Michael’s memory to the Benevolence Fund, c/o Northpointe Christian Church, 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln, RI 02865, where Michael was an active member, would be appreciated. For Directions and Guest Book, please visit www.bellowsfuneralchapel.com.