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
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.