February 11, 1945 – December 11, 2020
Larry John Dent passed away peacefully at home in Kelowna BC, surrounded by family after a heroic battle with cancer on December 11, 2020.
Larry was only 75 and was loved by all those that met him. He was quick to crack a joke, and always had an ear for whoever he encountered. Larry loved a good story and was always busy working to make things just perfect. Known to many as the Barber, he was an amazing man who touched so many lives during his journey.
Larry was born February 11, 1945 at Vancouver General Hospital, a beautiful son to John (Jack) and Margaret Dent. Larry had many adventures growing up, making friends and working hard to get ahead in life.
He made a real name for himself drag racing up and down the streets of Richmond, in his 1934 green Ford pickup named 8 ball. Larry and his buddies cruised the strip, always looking for some fun, or trouble to get into!
Larry was only 18 when he picked up his scissors and clippers and went to work for Fred Miller, cutting hair and being a friend to many at the Times Square Barber shop on No. 3 Rd. Larry’s laugh would fill that shop for years, as his family expanded so did Larry’s list of those lucky enough to call him friend.
Time led Larry out of Richmond and to Hope, BC for some of his happiest years. He always enjoyed camping in the outdoors and Hope was just the place he was looking for. He wasn’t retiring yet, and he was back behind the chair before too long, forging new friendships in a place that will never be the same without Larry at the Hope Barber Shop to greet you with a laugh, and help you to forget your worries.
It was during this time that he began to play the Bagpipes, fulfilling a lifelong dream to learn them for his mother. Larry worked so hard to master this instrument and touched so many more through this passion.
Larry spent the last of his years living in Kelowna and continued to create memories for all that have met him. Larry was 41 years sober, and AA played a big role in who he was. He really did live one day at a time and would always spend time talking about his sobriety to those who he knew needed it. Larry had many loves throughout his life and was an inspiration for his strength and caring way.
He was preceded in death by his parents and half-brother Ronnie May, his former wives Bonita and MaryAnn. He is survived by his love Flo Lamming; His three sons James(Jennifer), Chris(Angie) and Kevin(Marsha) and their mother Barbara Ann Gauthier (nee Stephens). He will be lovingly remembered by his many step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the many he calls friends and family. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a celebration of Larry’s life will be held in the future when larger gatherings are permitted.
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