David R. Kent, 82, a retired Deputy Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, and President of The Kent Agency Ltd., passed away at his home in Covington, LA, on Friday, September 10, 2021. A native of New Orleans, David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology from Loyola University, his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi School of Criminal Justice, and a Diploma from the FBI National Academy, Quantico, VA. He served on the New Orleans Police Department from 1960-1982, retiring as First Deputy Superintendent, leading the administration and operations of 1,500 commissioned personnel. He taught Criminology at both Loyola University and USM in Hattiesburg. David received numerous awards, and served on civic and professional boards. He served as First Vice President of Victims and Citizens Against Crime, Inc., and held memberships in the FOP, ASIS, IACP, and FBI National Academy Associates. A committed Christian, and a man of steady faith and courage, he was a parishioner at St. Peter Catholic Church in Covington.
Chief Kent was well-respected and appreciated by members of the NOPD for being honest, a hard-worker and a “straight-arrow.” An avid outdoorsman, Dave loved hunting and fishing with friends and family. Most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Jane Stuebben Kent, who has been his loving caregiver throughout his long illness, and is the father of Shannon M. Prince, John P. (Jay) McGuire III, Michael M. (Mike) McGuire, Robert J. (Bob) McGuire, and the late Joshua Kent. He is the father-in-law of David Dillard, Missy McGuire, Shawn McGuire, and Kelly Kent. “Big D,” as they called him, is the grandfather of Patrick, Molly, Andrew, Jordan, Kent, Miles, and Callan McGuire, Miranda, Elise, Tessa, and Juliet Kent, and the late Parker B. Prince, and the son of the late Frances Gibson and Roland Kent. The family would like to thank David’s excellent caregivers, Elizabeth, Odell, Sarah, Jodie, Gretchen, and Notre Dame Hospice of Covington.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at the Gerard L. Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON FUNERAL HOME 3827 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119, on Saturday September 18, 2021 at 1:30 PM with visitation beginning at 11:30 AM. In lieu of usual remembrances, contribution to Notre Dame Hospice, 1000 Howard Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113 are preferred.
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