Burial: A private burial with full military honors will be held at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien, CT. Donations: Donations in his name may be made to:  VAMC, Voluntary Service (135), 950 Campbell Avenue, West Haven, CT 06516.

John R. “Dick” Arent


August 20, 1939 - July 6, 2011

John R. “Dick” Arent, 71, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2011, at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, Connecticut, surrounded by his family.  Born August 20, 1939, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late John L. Arent and Mary Agnes Clark Arent.

Dick attended Holyoke High School and Holyoke Junior College.  He then served in the Barnes Air National Guard of Massachusetts, stationed in Westfield, Massachusetts and Phalsbourg AB, France (1959-1965).  He worked for 36 years at Trans World Airlines as a Flight Information Controller.

Mr. Arent is survived by son Gregory Arent and his wife Anne of Clinton Corners, NY; his daughters Stacey Arent of Stamford, CT and Nicole Mitchell and her husband James of Darien, CT.  A loving and devoted grandfather, he is also survived by his 5 grandchildren whom he cherished:  Matthew and Paige of Clinton Corners, Jennifer of Stamford, and Alex and Grace of Darien.  He is survived by his former wife Diane Arent of Darien, CT as well.

  1. To Stacey and Family, On behlaf of the Lasko family we express our deepest symapathies. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. My mass on this coming Sunday the intention will be for your Dad. If there is anything you need please let me know. God Bless and keep you Joe Lasko III

    September 27, 2011
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  • We are all sincerely sorry to hear of your loss and our loss also. He was a good friend to everyone and loved to sit and talk to everyone.He will also be missed by his little dog friends. He was always giving them little treats and he would get to laughing at how they would get excited when he was around. Please accept our deepest sympathy Friends of the 321 Club

    September 27, 2011
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  • Dear Greg,Stacey and Nicole, It’s with much sadness that I have learned of your Dad’s passing and do wish to .send my condolences to you and all of your families. god bless and be well. your cousin, Brian

    September 27, 2011
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  • Dear Stacy and family: Offering my deepest sympathy on the passing of your father and grandfather. May your heart take comfort in the love that you share and the sweetness of your memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Judith

    September 27, 2011
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  • So sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.

    September 27, 2011
    Susie Arent Link -
  • DEAR ARENT FAMILY, I LIVED AT 97 BROOKLINE AVE. IN HOLYOKE FROM MY BIRTH IN1940 UNTIL 1944 WHEN WE MOVED TO CHICOPEE. PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES. THE ATTACHED PHOTO WAS TAKEN ON MY 3RD. FLOOR PORCH IN 1944 I’M ON THE LEFT AND DICKIE THE RIGHT. SINCERELY, RAY BURKE

    September 27, 2011
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  • To the family of Richard (Dick) Arent, our sincere condolences on the sudden passing of our friend. He was our club “Photographer” who took pictures of our activities and generously gave them to folks involved. He also used his photo-taking to help maintain safety in our complex, by being aware of our surroundings and taking photos of things awry. It is a great void now that we won’t have him as our Vice President; he was always willing to help by selling raffle tickets for our activities, bringing to our building food items donated by others for those who were not able to get them without his help, and helping at our festivities. His friends at the 321 Club, Bella Vista, New Haven

    September 27, 2011
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  • Words cannot fully express my sympathy to the family of Richard (Dick) in the tragic loss of my dear friend. We spoke on a daily basis, swapping recipes and meals. It was my pleasure to speak at some length with his son, Gregg, and to share condolences as we both have a loss. Among the many things Richard did to help others, he helped set up and take down the Mass of St. Francis Church in our Victoria Room in our complex. He shared commodities of fruits and vegetables he picked up on Fridays in our community area for folks in our building who couldn’t get there themselves. It was my pleasure to take him to dinner at local restaurants. He was also a part of our nutrition program and he co-hosted the Thanksgiving Dinner with his specialty – a sweet potato dish. Our Sunshine Lady was pleased that he donated cards for use for shut-ins – he was not a shut-in, however. He participated in, among other things, the wii bowling, which he enjoyed so much he bought a set for himself. In good weather he took pleasure in going to the Farmers’ Market to get items to share with us. Richard followed his belief of living life to the fullest all his waking hours. He will truly be missed as I remember him as a person generous with things and his time. Most sincerely, Penny Lesco Friend and President of the 321 Club

    September 27, 2011
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