Kent Thomas Weinburg
Kent Thomas Weinberg, with his parents and brother at his bedside surrounding him with love and comfort, was taken from his too short life in this world on October 11, 2016, one day before his 32nd birthday.
Kent was born in Chico, California and was raised in Carpinteria, part of the large, close-knit Weinberg family. After graduating from Carpinteria High School in 2003, he continued his education at Santa Barbara City College where he earned his AA degree in Liberal Arts.
Remembered by all as a sensitive, kind, and generous soul, Kent was also known for his wickedly funny sense of humor, quirky outlook, open smile and contagious laugh. Being an avid reader of anything from Steven King to books on Feng Shui, he was a great conversationalist and a careful listener too. Kent’s true passion was music, but he also enjoyed movies and T.V., and was an early and longtime fan of “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.”
Always appreciative of good food, in particular his mother’s cooking, he spent many Sunday evenings at the weekly family dinner in his grandparents’ beachside Carpinteria home, often catching up with relatives or family friends from out of town. Kent loved the family Boxers, Scout and Sledge, who demonstrated their love for him with excited greetings and sloppy kisses whenever he came home. Kent’s enthusiasm for projects and new experiences included travel and especially the family trip across Europe in 2001, and his trips to Boston in later years to visit his brother, Matt and his wife, Molly. Never afraid of hard work, Kent gained real satisfaction from a job well done, always taking the extra pains to make sure that it was completed properly as his dad, Tom, had taught him.
Kent is survived by and forever held in the hearts of his parents, Tom and Bonnie Weinberg of Carpinteria, his brother Matt (Molly) Weinberg, niece and nephew Clara and Will Weinberg of Swampscott, MA, and his grandparents Dick and Libby Weinberg of Carpinteria, and was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Cecelia and Harry Winters, formerly of San Rafael, California. His unique spirit, the “essence” of Kent, will be loved and remembered always by his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A funeral Mass celebrating Kent’s life was held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Carpinteria on Tuesday, October 18, at 10:30 A.M
It is the family’s great hope that our tragic loss will help shed light on the growing epidemic of drug addiction, which ultimately contributed significantly to Kent’s death. We pray that honest and open discussion of the issue will help lessen the shame often associated with it, promote a better understanding of its complexities and perhaps lead families to seek and find the resources needed to counsel and aid their loved ones in finding recovery. Our belief is that addiction is a disease and not a moral failure of those who have fallen victim to it.
For those who wish to make a donation in Kent’s honor, please consider a contribution to the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission. Checks can be made payable to “SBRM-In Memory of Kent Weinberg”, mailed to 535 E. Yanonali Street, Santa Barbara CA 93103. For more information, email Kent’s mother at firstname.lastname@example.org.