Robert Ira Lent

Robert Ira Lent, 88, died September 24, 2015 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack fol­lowing a difficult but brief battle with cancer. His be­loved wife and oldest son were at his bedside.

He was born on Novem­ber 20, 1926 and raised in Patten, Maine, one of four sons born to Edward and Olive Lent. He joined the Navy immediately follow­ing high school and was honorably discharged in 1949. He then went on to earn his bachelor’s de­gree, thanks to the GI Bill, in physics at the Univer­sity of Maine in Orono.

He worked in research and development for a number of years, after which, he became self-employed. Bob founded Test Lab Apparatus and Yankee Flagpoles. Both proved successful, but it was Yankee Flagpoles that endured for decades. New England is peppered with beautiful, gleaming white fiberglass flagpoles, an enduring legacy from a man who worked hard all his life and took pride in what he accomplished.

As proud as he was of Yankee Flagpoles, Bob found his greatest satisfac­tion in his family. He met his wife of 63 years, Muriel Clayton, on a blind date and fell in love. They were married on June 21, 1952. Bob is survived by his wife, Muriel; his son, Brad Lent (Lake Hughes, CA); his son, Greg Lent and his wife, Carol (Walpole, NH); and his daughter, Libby Lent (Wilton, NH); his grand­children, Steve, Jeff, Perry and Will; and several niec­es and nephews.

Bob was never happier than when he was at his beloved cabin on Shin Pond in northern Maine, a cabin which he designed and helped to build. He loved to fish. He was a con­stant tinkerer. He was an avid reader (he loved spy thrillers and westerns). He enjoyed working on cross­word puzzles and playing cribbage with Muriel. He loved peanut butter, Oreos and lobster, not necessar­ily in that order. He loved to play with his grand­children and was often on the floor with them. In his younger years, he loved to golf and still loved to watch the sport on TV, along with watching the Red Sox and the Patriots.

His wife stood at his bed­side after he had passed away and said, "He was a good man." He will be re­membered as such, and as a devoted and loving hus­band, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

There will be a memo­rial service for Bob at his beloved Shin Pond next summer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Home Health and Hos­pice Care in Merrimack. Our heart-felt thanks go out to the nurses and staff who took such good care of Bob. Arrangements en­trusted to the Cremation Society of New Hampshire.