Brent Michael Narkawicz, born November 2, 1964, died in a snowboarding accident in Lincoln, NH on March 1, 2020 at the age of 55. Brent was the beloved husband of Diane (Laramee) Narkawicz and father of two sons, Jacob Brent Narkawicz and Samuel Vaughn Narkawicz, from Coventry, RI, and siblings Todd Narkawicz of CA and Alison Narkawicz of CT.
He is preceded in death by his father, Stanley Narkawicz and mother Georgeann Grigas and his brother, Steven Narkawicz. Born in Santa Maria, CA, Brent grew up in Old Lyme, CT and West Warwick, RI where he graduated from West Warwick High School. Brent received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island. During his studies he met Diane and married in 1991. Brent and Diane built their home in Coventry, RI where they raised their family on the “Rock Pine Family Compound.”
Brent had a very accomplished and successful landscape architecture career which moved him to various positions including: Director of Planning & Development for the Town of Coventry, RI, building and land developer, as well as a University of Rhode Island adjunct professor. Brent’s success led him to his ultimate position at Calamar as Regional Head of Development for New England, where he was instrumental in bringing affordable senior housing to the New England area.
Diane and his two sons, Jake and Sam, along with his trusty canine companion, “Easy” Jane, were Brent’s pride and joy. A dedicated husband and father, Brent was a rare combination of someone who had a love of life and a firm understanding of what was truly important — the simplicity of living a life with those you love. A beautiful life built together, Brent and Diane celebrated more than two decades of marriage with many shared passions and dreams.
Central to Diane and Brent’s relationship has been the dedication to their sons. A proud father, Brent taught his sons to be the successful and happy men that they are today. His sons are grateful for his life teachings, including how to skateboard, change the oil in their cars, to love nature and music, but most importantly, to live life as strong, smart and easy going people who are kind to all.
Brent’s love didn’t stop at his family. He maintained true, strong relationships with a legendary ability to love his friends. From childhood friendships, to college friends, to friendships he developed along the way, Brent was truly unique in his ability to maintain friendships and make everyone feel loved. With seemingly unfettered vitality, Brent could outlast anyone, he could snowboard all day, stop at a pub, go to several music shows, and enjoy an after-hours hang — all in one night. And do it all again the next day!
A true outdoorsman and seeker of adventure in all kinds of weather, Brent loved hiking throughout New England, summiting many New Hampshire’s 4000-footers, kayaking local rivers, spending evenings at Narragansett Beach, and camping trips with his friends and family. Both active members of the Boy Scouts of America, Brent guided Sam to the achievement of Eagle Scout. His true passion was snowboarding, an activity he enjoyed with his sons and friends. Nearly every weekend during the winter season, Brent could be found at Loon Mountain in NH. Jake would be pushing his Dad to shred, ride rails, and hit jumps. Jake and Sam will always treasure the memories they created with their Dad on the mountains.
As an avid fan of the New England Patriots, Brent was a season ticket holder who was never deterred by foul weather to support his team. Along with his boys, Brent practiced Tae Kwon Do for seven years and achieved a Black Belt. Brent also enjoyed making homemade beer and sharing his creations with friends and family.
A passionate music fan, Brent was a huge supporter of local live music and would travel every year to several music festivals throughout the United States. You could always find Brent singing along and dancing to his favorite bands, especially The Grateful Dead. His love of music runs so deep that he and his friends and family created Rock Pine Music Festival at their home. For twelve years, Rock Pine was enjoyed by hundreds with Brent, as the Master of Ceremonies, welcoming all music lovers to experience a magical day of music, community, dancing, singing, and joy.
A trusted confidant, a steady sounding board, and the life of the party, Brent will forever be sorely missed by all who know and love him.
In lieu of flowers, Brent would ask that you, “Go enjoy a live music show, take the trip, drink the good beer, share a meal with your friends, and live your life to the fullest.”
“What a long strange trip it's been” - The Grateful Dead
Please join the family at Brent’s Celebration of Life:
Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Mishnock Barn, 200 Mishnock Road, West Greenwich, RI 02817
Doors open at 6:00pm, celebration to commence at 7:00pm, followed by live music starting at 8:00pm.
Details can be found on the Facebook event page: