February 14, 1925 – February 11, 2014
Gent, Duncan Stanley “Dunc” – Peacefully at Wentworth Lodge on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in his 89th year. Dearly loved by his wife Beatrice (Elkin); his sons Thomas (Marlene) and William (Leesa); grandchildren Michael, Nadine and Spencer and great-grandson Ethan. Predeceased by his first wife Nellie (1997) and sister Joyce Lord and her husband Stanley. Dunc was well accomplished; he began as a carpenter, apprenticing at the age of 14, learning old school methods which attracted people seeking out his expertise; he was in the Merchant Navy in WWII; was a long time member of St. James Anglican Church; was one of the founding members and member for 50 years of the Police Male Chorus; member of the Probus Club; member of the Masonic Lodge #593 and continued on in the 1950’s to be a Police Officer, retiring as a Sgt. from the identification branch (forensics) in 1984. He was an avid gardener, winning the JC and Trillium awards several times, enjoyed cottage life, fishing and the great outdoors. Friends will be received by the family on Friday afternoon and evening from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Dunc’s Service will take place on Saturday at ST. JAMES ANGLICAN CHURCH, 137 Melville Street, Dundas at 11:00 a.m. Interment White Chapel Memorial Gardens. If you so wish, donations to St. James Anglican Church or a charity of your choice will be appreciated by the family.
Deepest sympathies to the families of Duncan from all the Nunns. We know Dunc will be greatly missed. Many a wonderful conversation was had by Dad and Duncan and many a problem solved. Thinking of all of you at this time and God bless you all.
You were well respected in all aspects of your life. I was proud to have known you.
My Heart goes out to you and your familly Bill. I still
treasure the photos your Dad took of our soccer team all those years ago
The world lost has lost a good man and is less because of it. Our hearts and prayers are with Bea and his loved ones. Janice and Lloyd
You taught us a whole lot about identification procedures and were understanding when us dumb cadets screwed up\, and we did a lot. RIP.
I had the pleasure of working with you Dunc and your two sons!!!You were all a credit to the Hamilton Police Service and I was fortunate to have known you.
I am sorry I will not be able to attend the funeral as I am in Florida. I will remember the family in my prayers!!
Gerrard(Jerry) Malcolmson Retired Police Supt. Hamilton Police Service
I had the honour and pleasure to have worked with Bill and Tom, and to meet Dunc many years ago. The Gent men left their mark in the service to our community. My deepest condolences to the family.
Condolences to Dunc’s family. May he rest in peace.
Hello I would like to say that I have never met a finer gentleman. It has been a pleasure being the footcare nurse.
It was a pleasure working with you as a cadet in my younger years.
RIP my friend.
I had the pleasure of standing next to and singing with Dunc in the Hamilton Police Chorus for 5 years. Although I am no longer with the Chorus, I am positive that he will be missed by all past and present members alike. His positive attitude and simple enjoyment of life was plainly evident and something I believe everyone can and should take note of.
I will not be in Hamilton for the funeral, but please know that I would wear my number one for Him if I were.
Beatrice, Tom and Bill: I am so sorry to hear of Dunc’s passing. He was probably the officer I knew for the longest time. I remember growing up across the street from Dunc where he lived with his parents on Hazel Avenue. I was probably about 9 or 10 years old when I saw Dunc for the first time in his Police uniform. That put me on the course to becoming a Police Officer years later. It was such a pleasure to work with one of the finest gentlemen of our profession. Heaven has received a new Angel.
Vernon Macmillan, Austin Texas.
A true Gentleman, a pleasure to have known and worked with you, may you rest in peace.
Tom & Bill … So very sorry to learn of your loss. Your father was such a fine gentleman, always willing to take the time to explain what he was doing at a scene as a calm, professional forensic investigator and make helpful suggestions to us young’uns. I will remain proud to have known and learned from him. You two are his monument.
It was a pleasure to know you, Dunc. God speed on your further journey, and blessings to Bea and the family.
Many blessings to Bea and Dunc’s family. So sorry to hear about your loss.
Bea, Tom and Bill
We are so sorry to learn of Dunc’s death. It was a pleasure and honour to have known him. Unfortunately, we are away south and will be unable to attend his funeral. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Blessings, David & Arlene Long
It was a pleasure to stand in the Chorus with Dunc. He was always happy, enthusiastic and his energy for the chorus was contagious. He was a gentleman in every way. To Bill and Tom, you carry your father’s professionalism and humanity and I am sure that the good memories of your father will ease the pain of your loss. My prayers to your entire family.
DUNC GENT the name pretty much says it all I truly thought the world of Dunc he was in a class that only a few people share in my world anyway a true gentleman in a world where a gentleman is not always an easy thing to find but oh what a treasure when you do you will be missed my friend ps I like to picture you and my dad taking turns ringing Heavens bells RIP Dunc love Bev McDonald
Wenda and I both remember Dunc in many ways…I was proud to serve with Dunc during my years on the job, he was a close friend of Wenda’s father, Ewart Solomon in the Ident. and, too many years ago to remember, I played drums in a quartet when I was maybe 17 yrs. with Dunc’s mother, Mrs. Gent. A lot of history and, in my memories of Dunc, a real gentleman and a great guy.
We will miss his funeral (away on vacation) but we express our sympathy to his wife, Tom and Bill and their families.
Wayne and Wenda
Sending our sincere sympathies to the Gent family. Thinking of you all. May God bless and heal your hearts.
Mike & Claudia Gent.
Ours deepest condolences to the Gent family and yourself, for the lost of a great person.
Pedro & Mirtha Rob
It was certainly a pleasure to work with Dunc when I was a cadet fifty years ago. Sorry for your loss.
I want to send you all my deepest heartfelt sympathies,l Duncan was a true gentleman, he was kind and loving. He always had a friendly hello and spoke to everyone . He will be missed. I hope he is at peace now. love you guys Deby
Duncan and I were school mates at the Wentworth street school and
The Technical School further down the street.
We were also Delivery boys for Summers Bakery along with six others
It was hard work for a dollar eighty a long day.
One evening Duncan and I were to clean some pans in the back were there was a large pan of raisin tarts we didn`t get caught.
I am sorry that he gone I hope this makes you smile.
I had the pleasure to perform with Dunc as a member of the Police Chorus and also work with both Bill and Tom.
Dunc was a true gentleman and the acorn did not fall far from the oak. My thoughts are with the Gent families.
To Bill and Leesa and extended family members my thoughts are with you at this time.
“Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know that they are happy.” -Author Unknown
In this time of sadness, may you see God in the faces of friends, hear Him in their voices, and feel HIM in the touch of their hands. May their help, caring and sympathy reflect HIS LOVE and kindness at this time when you need HIM most. Your family is in our prayers.
My mother, Dorothy McDougall (nee Pitcher) often talks about Duncan Gent as I understand he was a good friend of her brother, Fred Pitcher, who died in the mid 1960’s.
Dunc Gent will be remembered as a classy gentleman who loved to sing with the guys in the Chorus.
Please accept condolences from my husband Grant and me. I am Gordon Gent’s elder daughter; my Dad thought the world of his cousin and spoke very highly of him to us. I remember meeting Duncan, mostly at weddings and funerals(!) of the Gent clan, and found him to be a very kind gentleman. Peace to you, and blessed rest to Duncan.