Denis Vincent, an affable dentist and passionate skier, is British Columbia’s first death of COVID-19

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

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