Gordon Bent

November 4, 1940July 18, 2012

After an heroic and inspiring 20 year battle with a rare muscle disease called Inclusion Body Myositis, Brad is at peace. Born in Denver, CO to parents Gordon and Margaret Bent, he lived an extraordinary life. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Leslie; brother Bruce Bent of Palm Beach, FL; children Gordon Jr., Jennifer Verrett (Kevin), Daniel (Jennifer), Erin Louden (Greg) and Eric Tammen; and grandchildren Clint, Gordie, D.J., Annie, Wyatt and Catherine. Brad graduated from Denver’s East High School and Colorado State University. After college he went to work with Pittsburgh Paint & Glass (PPG) beginning a 35 year career in the coatings industry. In 1986, he began his own business, The Paint Center, Inc. on Fillmore Street and became PPG’s largest paint supplier in 5 states. He was proud of his Colorado pioneer heritage with family roots going back to Bent’s fort. His grandfather, Alfred E Bent was the mayor of Lamar and Treasurer of the State of Colorado. His family and friends describe him affectionately as a gentle, kind, loyal, engaging independent man, a teacher to all with a wonderful self-deprecating sense of humor. His grandkids looked forward to visiting him always with lots of hugs and kisses. He was totally committed to family, friends and the community. He had three special brotherhoods in his life - his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, The Pikes Peak Range Riders of which he is a former President and the El Paso Club. He loved the camaraderie and the special relationships he built over the years with the men in these organizations. Above all, Brad was a communicator and a connector. He brought people together. With enormous physical limitations, his computer was his mouthpiece and his lifeline to the world. With great wit and wisdom, he sent daily emails to friends all over the country. He tracked down old friends and acquaintances and reconnected with them. He took great joy in writing to the Gazette with emails hassling the authors of certain news stories and weak-minded letters, and he regularly emailed KOA’s radio host Mike Rosen with fodder on issues of the day. To his friends, he was a super hero for the way he managed his disease. Always positive and so brave, he never became cynical or angry. He said that it allowed him to grow personally – to reveal things he didn’t know about himself. And he viewed it as yet another opportunity to communicate and connect – this time with others who had the same disease. He was a founding board member of the IBM Association, now the Myositis Association. The family especially thanks Brad’s Hospice friends, Jane, Jessica, Rachel and Steve and his special, very kind CNA, Eddie Phelps. Friends wishing to make donations in his name may send them to Pikes Peak Hospice 2250 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80906; Goodwill Industries, 1460 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 8097 or National Mill Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 88468 Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Services will be held at First United Methodist Church, 420 N Nevada Avenue at 2 PM on Monday, July 23, 2012.


  • Funeral Service Monday, July 23, 2012

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Pamela Bankston

October 29, 2012

Leslie, I just discovered the news of Brad's death. I am the wife of an IBMer, Ed Bankston, in Wisconsin, with a 14½ yr. struggle with IBM. JW I knew him best online...and I had many, many conversations over the years. He was a trooper...and funny as heck! My husband died in May 2008. IBM shows no mercy...and the battle to prevail is a tough one. Brad had the best personality....and such a great disposition & attitude, through an amazingly difficult diagnosis. He spoke of you often...well...all of the time. He also shared so many stories of your children and grandchildren. (We are originally from New Orleans....thus, Brad shared photos that your son, who lives in NO, sent to him after a hurricane.) We exchanged photos a number of times. I particularly liked the photos of Brad on his scooter with his Bijons! I sort of lost touch with Brad after my husband died in May of 2008...but kept him in my thoughts and hoped for the best for him. I am so sorry for your loss. I know he will be most definitely missed by you and your family.
Pam Bankston

DJ and Annie Bent

October 15, 2012

We miss you so much Grandpa...

Jessica Wiege

July 30, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you in these difficult times. If you need anything Leslie please give me a call. Love you and your family dearly!

Diana Kopulos

July 26, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss. Those with IBM are so brave and inspiring, and will never be forgotten. Sending warm thoughts at this sad time from the myositis support group board.
Mrs. Jim (Diana) Swindler

July 26, 2012

We loved you so much Grandpa Brad. Words cannot describe the loss in our hearts. Rest Grandpa Brad Rest.

DJ and Annie Bent

Chuck` Pickett

July 23, 2012

Brad was a very special person.
We were friends since grade school and were in the Boy Scouts together.
We both loved the mountains.
He's up there somewhere watching and smiling.
Chuck Pickett

Pam Wiebelhaus

July 23, 2012

Leslie,Erin and family
We are all thinking of all of you and we feel so honored we had the opportunity to know Brad. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to all of you!

sharon berthrong

July 23, 2012

Leslie & family
I'm thinking of you my dear. I always loved seeing Brad - always with a smile.
And you = always with a smile.
I know that you are a strong woman and will handle Brad's death with your usual aplomb. I send hugs.

Mr & Mrs Terry Zebarth

July 23, 2012

May the angels protect you and Heaven accept you. Our condolences to all of Brad's family.

Janet Conover

July 23, 2012

Brad was my rock and constant source of encouragement. He was wonderful in every way and I will miss him forever.