Long Time Erie Lawyer John G. Gent, age 82, died

Long time Erie Lawyer John G. Gent, age 82, died Friday, October 22, 2004, at St. Mary’s at Asbury. He was born December 14, 1921 in New York City, a son of the late Harold and Louise Colwell Gent. He graduated from All Hallows Institute in New York City, Georgetown University in 1942 and the University of Michigan Law School in 1948 where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was admitted to Pennsylvania bar in 1949 and was an active civil trial lawyer in all phases of civil litigation in Erie since 1948, most recently with the McDonald Group Law Firm. He was a member of the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Supreme Court of PA 1964-1986, a permanent member of the Judicial Conference of the Third Circuit, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation, a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Erie County Bar Association where he was president 1966-67, American Arbitration Association and was an associate member of the Collier County Bar Association in Florida. He was a former member of Presque Isle Rotary Club and the Choristers of the Danish Club. Mr. Gent was a Trustee of Gannon University, Director and president, Gannondale, president, Erie Club and president, Kahkwa Club. He is survived by his wife, Emily O’Brien Gent; three daughters, Anne Gent of Indianapolis, IN, Cathleen Gent of Burlington, VT, Joan Bilharz and her husband Robert of Exeter, NH; two sons, John G. Gent, Jr. of Milwaukee, WI and David Gent of Chicago, IL; two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Stephen Bilharz; and a sister, Mary Louise Blosser of Orange City, FL. Friends may call at BURTON FUNERAL HOME, 602 West 10th St., Saturday 3-5 pm & Sunday 2-6 pm and are invited to a Mass of Resurrection at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2801 West 6th St. Monday at 11:00 am concelebrated by Msgr. Robert Brugger and the Rev. James R. Conroy, S.J. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Gannondale, 4635 East Lake Rd., Erie, PA 16511 or Gannon University, University Square, Erie, PA 16501 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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