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.