Dr. Denis Vincent was in the business of smiles.
His patients say he was a talented dentist, but remember him most vividly for his gift of making others feel good.
“You knew he had competency, but he was also a people person. He made you feel at ease,” said longtime patient Anne Bethune. “You know when people have that extra gift with their chosen profession? I didn’t spend a lot of time in his chair, but in that time, he nailed personal connection.”
Bethune, whose three sons also saw Vincent, first learned of his death when a friend she had referred to his Vancouver, British Columbia, practice texted that he was believed to be the province’s first COVID-19-related death. He was 62 and had no known pre-existing conditions.
A father of two sons, Vincent was also an avid skier and sailor.
“He gave me hope. This is a tragic