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Philip A. Kent, Jr.

Philip A. Kent, Jr., 92, former Ipswich Shellfish Warden passed away peacefully in his Caroline Avenue, Ipswich home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. For thirty-two years he was the husband  of the late Delia (Arsenault) Kent who died in 1994.

Philip was born in Rowley on August 16, 1924 son of the late Philip A. and Thelma M. (Collins) Kent. He was raised in Rowley and attended public school in Rowley and  Newburyport and Ipswich High School. As a young man he often clammed with his father who was a professional digger. From 1948 to 1962 he worked at the United Shoe Machinery Corp. in Beverly. After fourteen years of working indoors he vowed to “return to the shore.” In 1964 he made Ipswich his home and by 1983 he became the town’s Shellfish Constable. He loved his job and worked tirelessly for the next twenty-four years, six to seven days a week and six to fourteen hours a day overseeing sixty plus clam flats and up to as many as 200 diggers. In 2003 Phil was named shellfish constable of the year by the eighty officers in his organization. In addition he received criminal justice training by the Council for Reserve Police Officers in 1985 and served on the Board of Directors of the M.S.O.A for eighteen years. He was well respected in the D.M.F. and the division of Law Enforcement Personnel. Phil also enjoyed  summers in his yard  planting flowers, mowing the lawn and winters plowing snow for  friends and neighbors.

He is survived by his loving sons, Robert P. Kent of Salisbury, NC, and Raymond St. Pierre and his wife Karen of Portland, ME; three grandchildren, Jason and Jennifer St. Pierre and Michael Adell all of ME; a brother, Larry Kent of ME; a  sister, Judith Fyrberg of ME and  caregivers Joann Gilbert and her husband Dan of Ipswich.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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