Kent, Jimmie Dean

February 14, 1962 – December 30, 2020
at the age of 58 years

Born in Nanaimo, BC, February 14, 1962 – Passed in Salmon Arm, BC, December 30, 2020 at the age of 58 years.

He was predeceased by his father Fredrick, sister Teresa (Ken) Peterson, wife Tammy Kent and brother-in-law Stanley Miles as well as Cali the cat (who survived and forgave him for helping her out of a tree she was once stuck in by cutting it down).  He is survived by: his mother Tessie Kent; son Michael; favorite daughter in law Stephanie; granddaughters Sylvanna & Abbie Kent; siblings Vanda Stocks, Debbie (John) Baird, Rick (Andrea) Kent, his loving spouse Deborah McCann and dog Roy. 

Jimmie grew up in and lived most of his life in a pair of gumboots. His career in the dairy industry began before he was old enough to attend school, working alongside his parents and siblings on Len Bawtree’s farm in Ashton Creek. From there he worked his way from farm hand to herdsman to manager and eventually to his own dairy JDK Farms which he operated with his wife Tammy and son Michael.  There was pretty much no job too big for Jimmie to tackle or more often tell Michael to go do. 

Among other things, he was an exceptionally kind, compassionate fun-loving gentle soul. Jimmie never held back from helping or teasing anyone. He allowed people to be who they were and seldom judged anyone unless they were mean or cheap. He didn’t hold grudges and would tell you off six ways to Sunday then show up the next time as if nothing happened. For the most part he was an extraordinary example of how people should treat each other.   

Jimmie spent his last summer at Hidden Lake camping, fishing and laughing.  Leaving his family, friends, treasured granddaughters and buddy Mark Reilly with memories to keep in our hearts and make us smile whenever we think of him.


  1. Jimmy Kent was my brother in law. He has been taken much to soon, he was one of the good ones, by that I mean he was loving, emotional because he was in touch with his feelings, he was always generous with everyone and I knew him to be
    so with my sister Tammy.
    I hope they are together now, playing a game of crib. I miss you Jim, until I see you again, Sheree

  2. A Valentines baby boy! How fitting to Jim’s philosophy on life.
    Deep condolences Michael and family. Ted and I always appreciated what a kind and dependable soul he was.
    Great memories of Jim and Paddy flying around our fields harvesting two cuts of alfalfa for years and never losing a crop. We are so saddened to know he is no longer shining his light in this world.

  3. We will miss you old friend! Oh the times we had together! So many memories our families have had. Love always David & Trina Peacock

  4. Sorry for your loss Tammy and family

  5. Love you uncle Jim you will be missed . I will catch a fish or two with mike every chance we get up at hidden lake

  6. Cheerful upbeat guy when he did my hay for us in Notch Hill!
    So sorry for the family’s loss and my sincere condolences. Dawn Mantle (Hamerston)

  7. jimmy your light will shine on us forever ! R.I.P my friend , farewell until we meet at the big bar in the sky

  8. That’s beautifully written and how I saw Jimmy as well! My condolences to you all.
    Love ❤️ prayers and hugs

  9. So sorry for your loss Deb. If you are ever this way call me…

  10. R.I.P Jimmie. I only knew you you for a short while. I instantly knew that you were a kind and gentle person.

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