A longtime Kent First Selectman has died. Eugene O'Meara passed away Wednesday at his home at the age of 84. O'Meara, nicknamed Rusty, served as First Selectman from 1969 until 1981. He founded the Kent Village Housing for the Elderly, started the town's Capital Fund and launched the town's sewer treatment plant.
In the private sector, O'Meara formed a high tech startup that made specialized machines for pharmaceutical research applications. He sold the company in 1995 and retired.
A funeral service is being held this morning at 11am at Sacred Heart Church on Bridge Street in Kent. A reception will follow at the parish house of St Andrew's Church . Burial will be private.
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Kent Community Fund, PO Box 262, Kent 06757.