Jean Ann Kent has moved on from this beautiful world, peacefully at home on April 6th- she was 91. Born in New York City, Jean was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Cucinell. She attended Saint Barnabas High School and the NY School of Business, Jean enjoyed great success working with Scribner's Publishing on 5th Avenue in New York City. Jean also owned/operated two stores at Tin City in Naples since 1979- Captains Closet and Bondi Surf, which are still open. She worked there until after her 90th birthday, and is now run by her family.
Jean and her husband, Frank, owned Holmehill Kennels in New Jersey. They raised Airedale Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers, and their dogs were shown numerous times at both Westminster and Crufts Dog Shows. They were also long time supporters of the Millrose Games in New York City.
After moving with her family to Naples in 1968, Jean became passionate about unique and rare orchids soon after she arrived. As her orchid collection grew over the years her husband of 54 years, Frank, built her an orchid house to house her sizeable collection. Orchid searching trips to Quito, Ecuador and Costa Rica were memorable times for Jean & Frank.
A voracious reader, Jean would read one to two books per week throughout her life. She was also an amazingly great listener, and was able to speak with people whom she had just met for hours. Her compassion and empathy for others was her greatest attribute.
The most important part of Jean's life was her love of God. She was a devout Catholic her entire life.
Jean had seven children: Frank, Gerald (Kelly), James (Aylin), Robert, Paul (Elu), Thomas, and Joan (Chuck).
Six grandchildren: Kenneth, Preston, Audrey, Emily, Charlie, and Cooper.
Four siblings: Anthony, James, her twin sister, Joan, and Samuel.
Jean also had many nieces and nephews whom she adored.
Donations may be made in Jean's name to Avow Hospice. 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105.
1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples FL 34105