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Born: Aug 11, 1930

Date of Passing: Mar 06, 2020

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August 11, 1930 - March 6, 2020

We are sad to announce the peaceful passing of Roy Archer Pennington, with family by his side, on Friday, March 6 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 was predeceased by his parents, brother, two sisters, and his first wife Genevieve.
His long career included, teaching firefighting through Levitt Safety, selling and travelling in the Canadian Arctic, National Sales Manager for United Refrigeration, and eventually owning two 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 50s 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 1940s/1950s. 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 12 at 2:00 p.m. 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)


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 10, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • My deepest and sincerest condolences. Enjoyed many years doing Firework Shows with Roy and the Group. And working with him in the Store. The world is going to miss a great individual! Rest in Peace my friend! - Posted by: Tim Kuby (Friend) on: Mar 13, 2020

  • To all the family, sorry for your loss. Roy was a good man, who gave his best and loved all his family. - Posted by: Ralph Kendall (Friend) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • I was sorry to hear of Roy's passing and extend my(and my family's) condolences. After reading his obituary I wish I would have talked to him more while visiting my Mom at Poseidon about his many wonderful life experiences. I will miss seeing you at the home Eleanor-I was always very impressed by your constant care and visits which I am sure made his days very special. Wishing you and yours strength going forward. Connie van Loon - Posted by: Connie van Loon (acqaintence ) on: Mar 11, 2020

  • I remember the last time he came to see my dad (your Uncle Tom) in Langley, B.C. My Daughter Iris got to meet him for the first time. She played her Violin for him while he played the piano. Iris has the same gift to play by ear. The two of them playing made my dad so happy. I have had my Uncle Roy in my thoughts every time my daughter plays. I will miss him a great deal, I loved him so. I am very sorry for the families lose. He now will be with his brother and family in Heaven, no pain and confusion any more. I love you all and send you all my love. - Posted by: Constance (Pennington) Naseth (Niece) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Roy was a very kind person and was very easy to laugh around him. Enjoyed a number of Robbie Burns nights, he was always ready to share a story and eager to listen to one. There were many enjoyable evenings chatting. My your family find peace in the memories you hold close. Sincerely - Posted by: Wendy Pasaluko (Friend) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Roy and Lu, My sincere condolences on the loss of your father and father-in-law. He sounds like a wonderful man who led a very full life. - Posted by: Patricia Kuz (friend) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Roy and his family are the Archer descendents who all left England to help Establish Canada in the 1900’s He was instrumental in maintaining that contact with his English family to the end, a contact his wife and family we will always keep, sadly missed from the Archer family in England. - Posted by: Lorraine Lees (2 nd Cousin ) on: Mar 10, 2020

  • Thinking of you with sympathy after the loss of Roy's dad. Take care, Dianne - Posted by: Dianne Garnett (Co-worker of Roy and Luella) on: Mar 10, 2020

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