Irving R. Kent Memorial Park

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The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.


Irving R. Kent
1929 - 1985

Born in Malone, New York, Irving Kent grew up in a small farming community in the foothills of the Adirondeck Mountains. His ambition was to be a history teacher but, as fate would have it, his plans were interrupted by World War II. Upon returning from the war, he went to work for Monroe Savings Bank in Rochester, New York as a teller.

In 1959, he went to work as a commercial loan analyst for a private mortgage investment firm. He steadily climbed the corporate ladder of success to the post of vice president, and in 1971, he accepted a position as President of the Jefferson County Savings Bank, which he held for two and one-half years.

In 1979, the Webster Republican committee asked him to run for town supervisor. He accepted the nomination and won the election. He went on to serve two terms as supervisor for the town of Webster.   Read the article page 1   page 2

In addition to his work in local government, Irving was also very active in community affairs. He served almost 20 years as a member of the board for the Rochester United Methodist Homes, an organization devoted to meeting the needs of the eldery.


bullet A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds.
A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps frendship,
and he who plants kindness gathers love.


Following his death in 1985, the Board established the Irving R. Kent Memorial Fund to perpetuate his dedication to the organization and the elderly.   Read the article.

On Arbour Day in 1990, the town of Webster dedicated one of its five parks to the memory of Irving Kent. Family members present at the ceremony included his son and daughter-in-law, Raymond and Paula; daughter, Donna Milus; and grandchildren. Other family members who attended the dedication included Joseph and Gwenith Allen, Karlyle and Lucy Stewart, and Clifford and Betty Roelle, Jr.   Read the article.

Kent Park

bullet Someone's sitting in the shade today because
someone planted a tree a long time ago.


Irving R. Kent Memorial Park

Dedicated - April 26, 1990

 Brick WalkwayLocated on the shores of Lake Onterio in the town of Webster, the 84 acre park encompasses a 25-acre Arboretum, a 4-field softball complex, 2 soccer fields, pavillions, playgrounds, camp grounds, and nature trails.   View map.
The Webster Sesquicentennial Arboretum at Irving Kent Park was developed to display crabapples, the town tree.At the pond.The Arboretum is supported through grants, donations, and annual fundraisers.
Each year the park hosts a variety of public events. To learn more about the events, park services, and the Arboretum, visit thier website at...

Webster Parks and Recreation
bullet He that planteth a tree is a servant of God,
he provideth a kindness for many generations,
and faces that he hath not seen shall bless him.