HYDE PARK/ENOSBURGH — Anthony “Tony” Edward Parent, age 54, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 surrounded by his loving family at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

He was born April 14, 1961 in St. Albans to George W. Parent and the late Rita (Rainville) Parent.

Tony graduated from BFA-St. Albans in 1978 and joined the United States Army. After serving 20 years in the military he retired and went to work for the United States Postal Service in Montpelier until his passing.

He was a rather quiet soul with a very generous heart. Tony absolutely loved music and the Boston Bruins. He had an eclectic approach to gardening and was a giving person who never asked for anything in return. For several years Tony would make his routine Sunday visit to West Enosburgh to visit his folks and several family members in the area; not once did he ever show up without a bag full of assorted snacks and drinks to share.

Tony… keep shining down upon us with that beautiful smile of yours! You will truly be missed.

He is survived by his father, George W. Parent of West Enosburgh; 12 brothers and sisters, Robert S. & Diane Parent of Sheldon, Patricia & James Keefe of Bel Air, Md., David L. & Susan Parent of Gouverneur, N.Y., Alan T. Parent of Bensalem, Pa., Denise & Gale Messier of St. Albans, Dianne & Leonard Parent of St. Albans, Gloria Parent of Glastonbury, Conn., Norman V. & Pamela Parent of Burke, N.Y., Rene & Melissa Parent of Portland, Ore., Marcel V. Parent & Betsy Larose of West Enosburgh, Martha E. & Timothy Magnant of Franklin and Gisele & Chris Stimpson of West Enosburgh; 25 nieces & nephews and 23 great nieces & nephews. Besides his mother, Anthony was predeceased by a sister, Doris Parent; a nephew, Matthew Parent and a brother-in-law, Sven Swanson.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 222 Missisquoi St., Enosburg Falls with Fr. Ben Kiely officiating. Interment will follow in the Parent lot in St. John the Baptist Cemetery.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls.

For those who wish, contributions in Anthony’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent through www.spearsfuneralhome.com