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Roy Pennington

Roy Pennington

Monday, August 11th, 1930 Friday, March 6th, 2020

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Obituary for Roy Archer Pennington

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of Roy Archer Pennington, with family by his side on Friday March 6th at Poseidon Care Centre, following a long battle with progressively debilitating illnesses.

Roy will be missed by his loving wife Eleanor, his children Cindy Kendall, Roy (Luella) Pennington, Janice Pennington and grandson Reid Pennington. Roy will also be missed by Eleanor’s family, Doug (Janice) Shearer and Patty (Julien) Serré, his loving granddaughter of the heart Ainslie, his sister Kathleen, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Roy also leaves daughter Nadine (Matt) Halpin and grandchildren Ashleigh (Tim) Hoeppner and Jared Halpin

Roy is pre-deceased by his parents, brother, 2 sisters, and his first wife Genevieve.

His long career included, teaching firefighting through Levitt Safety, selling and traveling in the Canadian Arctic, National Sales Manager for United Refrigeration, and eventually owning 2 businesses. He was extremely proud of Orion Displays, the original professional fireworks company in Manitoba. What started as a yearly volunteer effort for Norberry Community Club, grew to a family run company that did professional pyrotechnics for the City of Winnipeg, countless communities, professional sports, and concerts for the likes of Paul McCartney.

A gifted musician from a young age, Roy played keyboards and accordion, at public and private gatherings for most of his life, eventually working and generously volunteering at seniors residences.

Roy loved the outdoors. He was a survivor of the 1947 Dugald Train Disaster when returning home from his old trappers cabin in Minaki, ON. In later years he enjoyed seasonal camping at Falcon Lake Toniata Beach, and many long road trips with his family. In his 50’s he dreamed of riding a bicycle across Canada. He made it from Vancouver, BC to Thunder Bay, ON.

Roy also loved dogs, having many of them through the years, but 'Barney Dog' was his most faithful companion who went to work every day with his 'Dad' and they enjoyed several road trips together.

A motorcycle rider for most of his life, Roy was a member of the Winnipeg Roughriders Motorcycle Club in the late 40’s/50’s. In later years he enjoyed trail riding in Alberta, and influenced others to take up the sport.

An avid history buff, Roy could often be found reading a book on ancient history. In 2006 he fulfilled a lifelong dream with a trip to Egypt with Eleanor.

Roy was a Past Master, long time Organist and life member of St. John’s Masonic Lodge No. 4 He also was part of the Khartum Shrine, Scottish Rite and the Royal Order of Scotland.

Roy was a lifetime member of the Anglican Church. Presently in the Anglican Parish of St. Mary Magdalene.

Roy had many health issues in the last few years, and his family would like to thank the 4th floor staff at Poseidon Care Centre for their exceptional care for Roy and Eleanor while Roy was a resident. You have been a part of our family. It is greatly appreciated.

A celebration of Roy’s life will be held at The Anglican Parish of St. Mary Magdalene, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg, MB. on THURSDAY, March 12th at 2:00pm with the Rev. Val From and Rev. Canon Mary Lysecki officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

“Masonic Foundation of Manitoba” - with a notation “Transportation Fund”
Mail to: Grand Lodge of Manitoba, 420 Corydon Ave., Winnipeg, MB. R3L 0N8.
Please include a note that says the donation is for the “Transportation Fund” in Memory of Roy A Pennington. (a tax receipt for any donation over $10 will issued on request)

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    Thursday, March 12th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church
    3 St. Vital Road
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    Thursday, March 12th, 2020

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Mervyn Fitz

Our Sympathy & Condolence to everyone. Enjoyed many fine years of association with him while working in the Wpg.Fire Department as Chief Clerk. He was a true friend and we always looked forward to his visit with us.
Roy was a true Brother in the Masons. Will miss him. Wonderful memories of past times. Audrey & Mervyn Fitz
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