Kent Joseph Ahern, age 69, passed into heaven on February 21, 2023 at his home in Fort Pierce, Florida. He was born in Riverside, California to Marilou Sullivan Ahern and George John Ahern on November 1, 1953. He was a resident of Vero Beach and later Fort Pierce, Florida since 1992. Kent grew up in West Springfield and later Holden, Massachusetts, and spent his early adult years in Natick, Massachusetts. Kent was a graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts, spending his Junior year living and studying at the University of Madrid in Spain. He received his Masters degree from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.
Kent was an accomplished and well-loved high school Spanish teacher for nearly 40 years. He started his career at The Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts, and later taught for nearly 20 years at the St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Florida. Señor Ahern, as he was known to many, was a champion of fun, hands-on and immersion learning for thousands of students over the years, regularly incorporating his love of Spanish art and cooking into his classroom. He organized and led more than a dozen trips over the years for his students to Spain, Mexico, and various countries in South America.
In addition to his work as an educator, Kent dedicated his time to several community and volunteer organizations. He was a tenor soloist at the Community Church of Vero Beach for more than 15 years. Kent enjoyed volunteering as a translator and distributing food or clothing for several local charities serving families and veterans suffering from homelessness or food insecurity, especially during the COVID pandemic. He was planning to travel again this year to Peru as a translator and volunteer supporting the medical mission with the Olive Tree Foundation for Education.
Beloved brother, son, uncle, pet owner, teacher, gardener, singer, foodie, volunteer, and world traveler; no one appreciated the beauty in every small thing more than Kent Ahern. He had a unique gift for recognizing and sincerely appreciating so many things in his life — the kindness of a friend, a delicious meal, a peaceful sunrise, a beautiful flower, the sound of the ocean, a store clerk who spoke Spanish with him, an historical work of art — and of course time spent with his dedicated friend and canine soul-mate, Blanco. Kent embodied the adage “who rescued who” since the day he adopted his dog, Blanco, from the Humane Society of Vero Beach in 2018, and the two were inseparable.
Kent was a kind heart, a gentle soul, and a caregiver, so frequently putting others’ needs before his own. He was taken to heaven too early and will be dearly missed by many. He is survived by brother Daniel and sister-in-law Beverly; sister Marybeth and brother-in-law Jeff Wootton; nephews Sean and Quinn, and niece Marielle Wootton; and dog Blanco.
Arrangements are being made by Millennium, and condolences may be shared online at www.millenniumcremationservice.com.
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