Olin B. Gentry, who collapsed from a stroke at the OBS June Sale Friday, was taken off life support Saturday and later passed away at the North Florida Regional Medical Center, a stroke facility in Gainesville, Florida. He was 51 years old.
“Olin collapsed at the sale at OBS yesterday,” said Tom VanMeter, who said that Gentry’s son, O2, and dear friends came to the hospital to be with him. VanMeter said that Gentry had been at Ciaran Dunne’s Wavertree barn when the collapse happened.
“He was doing what he loved to do, which was making a horse trade at the horse sale,” VanMeter said. “He was with his buddies. But it was way too soon, and it’s brutally painful.”
Olin Benjamin Gentry was a fourth-generation horseman. His father, Tom Gentry, was a bloodstock industry fixture for many years, a prominent owner/breeder and horse trader and the son himself of storied horseman Olin Gentry. Tom Gentry passed away last year. Olin B. Gentry attended the University of Kentucky, where he studied business, and was a lifelong UK Wildcat Fan.