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Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2020

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With immense love and sadness, we announce the unexpected passing of Richard (Rick) Edwin Penner. He passed away peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020 at the age of 80 years, surrounded by family and his favourite music.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife Marlene; daughters, Colleen (Clark) Podaima and Michelle (Harry) Lowen; and grandchildren, Dale, Evan (Rebecca), Natalie (Chris), and Kyle; and brother-in-law Rick (Jan) Kullman, Chris (Jennifer), and Jennifer (Grant). He was predeceased by his parents, Diedrich and Elizabeth; brothers, Ivan and Allan; and parents-in-law, Roy and Evelyn Kullman.
Rick was born and raised in Morse Place and attended Salisbury School, and later, Miles Mac Collegiate. He met Marlene, the love of his life, at a Valentine's Dance in 1959. They were married for 59 years.
He joined the Transcona Police Department in 1964 and later worked across a number of units, including the communications center and training division. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and would go on to retire from the Winnipeg Police Service after 30 years.
With an extraordinary sense of humour and a love for music (in particular, playing the accordion), Rick loved a get-together and cherished time spent with his friends and family. He adored his grandchildren and took tremendous pride in their accomplishments - he enjoyed nothing more than the many summers spent together at his lakefront cottage at Dorothy Lake. Between his sharp wit and remarkable kindness, our Papa will be deeply missed.
We would like to offer special thanks to family for their continued love and support and also to the Colwell family. A private family gathering will take place at a later date to celebrate Rick's life.
Please consider ensuring you have a Health Care Directive.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to a charity of your choice.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • Sending our condolences to Aunt Marlene on the passing of Uncle Rick. Thinking of you during this time Christine Penner & Family - Posted by: Christine Penner (Niece) on: Oct 03, 2020

  • To Marlene and Family. Our deepest condolences on Rick's passing. When I learned of Rick's passing, there were so many wonderful family memories that came to mind. There were all the fantastic times spent at your family's cottage at Dorothy Lake, not to mention the many family get togethers over the years. I think my fondest memory is that of my Mom & Dad's 25th Wedding Anniversary party in their backyard in East Kildonan. As my Dad belted out the tunes on his accordion, we were interrupted by lights and sirens of a Police Car on their back lane asking us to keep the noise down and of course the officer was the incomparable Officer Rick!! So many good times when you and Rick got together with my Mom and Dad. Gone but definitely never forgotten! Stay Safe and Healthy. All our love, Dan & Lisa Huzarski and Jim & Evelyn Huzarski. - Posted by: Dan Huzarski (Cousin) on: Sep 30, 2020

  • My condolences to Colleen and Clark and their family. - Posted by: Jason Husiak (Relative) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • We were saddened at the news of Mr. Penner's passing. We have great memories of Dad and Mr. Penner working together on the police force, and lots of great family off duty get togethers, with Rick and brother Gary playing the accordions!! Your family always remained in our hearts after we moved from Transcona, and mom and I send all our love ❤️ to all of you! What a wonderful man he was, and with a wonderful family! We send big hugs to all, and his memory will be with us forever!!,,❤️❤️,,,Daryl,, - Posted by: Daryl and Irene Currie (Transcona Police Family) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Our family was devastated to hear about the passing of Uncle Rick, and our hearts go out to Auntie Mar, Colleen, Michelle and their families. Our parents friendship with Rick and Marlene was an inspiration to us, and we always looked forward to seeing them during their visits. It meant the world to us when they made the trip from Winnipeg to attend Lynette's and my wedding, and we will truly miss the laughs and reliving the stories each time Mom and Dad got together with Rick and Marlene. Take care of one another and know that Uncle Rick impacted so many during his lifetime. - Posted by: Jeff Collins (Family friend) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • Hi Auntie Mar, Colleen, Michelle and families. I am so, so sorry to hear about Uncle Rick. Mom and Dad kept me updated as things progressed. It was so sudden and unexpected. Colleen and Michelle, we haven't seen each other since childhood, but I sure looked forward to when your parents made their way out West. I'm so glad that they kept up the visits over the years. The early years and police work made 'Rick and Dick' lifelong friends. Auntie Mar, Mom so wishes that she could there for you and with you. I'm thinking about all of you and am so sorry for your loss. Kathy - Posted by: Kathy Valente (Collins) (Daughter of family friends) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • Marlene, Colleen, Michelle & families: Best friends for over 55 years - so many good memories of polka parties on Victoria Drive and holidays with our family at Dorothy Lake. Always in our thoughts and never forgotten. - Posted by: Dick & Cynthia (Friends) on: Sep 22, 2020

  • Rick was a friend and will be missed by all. I will always be thankful for his help in getting my cottage up in the 80's. He was the best accordion player I ever heard. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Glen Ash (fellow officer) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Sincere condolences from the Douglas M. Campbell family. Our Dad worked with Rick for many years. Janice Hoffman and Valerie DeRocco - Posted by: Janice Hoffman (nee Campbell) (Transcona Police Officer's Family) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • To Rick's family, Our deepest and most sincere condolences to all of you. What a sad and shocking time this is for all of you and those who knew and loved Rick. It has been awhile since we last saw you, but on reading the obituary it brought back wonderful memories, especially of Rick playing the accordion at the Kullman family get-togethers. So much fun! As one of the younger cousins I was always in awe of Rick in his uniform. He was well respected and we thank him for his service. Please accept our sympathy and may God grant you peace. With fond memories and love, Gloria and Dennis Doan - Posted by: Gloria and Dennis Doan (Cousin to Marlene) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Marlene, Colleen, Michelle And families. My sincere condolences for your loss. I have fond memories of Rick and family from years past. Gone but never forgotten. Cherish the memories. May he Rest In Peace 💕 - Posted by: Linda Warywoda (Strumbicky) (Friend) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • To Marlene and Family I extend my sincere sympathy. When I read about Rick's passing today I was overcome with memories. I recall you, Rick and your family coming to the Tourist Hotel in Seven Sisters Falls. I worked for your Mom Evelyn and your Dad Roy in the restaurant while attending high school. My parents Siggi and Johanna Kunz worked in the Beverage Room (as it was called then). Your family was young and Evelyn and Roy adored their grandchildren. The atmosphere at the hotel when Rick played there was wonderful. Rick was always very sincere and kind. He always made time to chat and truly cared about people. My parents and I so respected him and your Family. Margit MacCharles (nee Kunz) The Pas, MB - Posted by: Margit MacCharles (nee Kunz) (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • With deepest sympathy to Marlene and family on Rick’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are extended to you. Wally Borysyk. - Posted by: Wally Borysyk (Cousin) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • To Marlene and Family, We are sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories of Rick. We still remember Rick playing at our wedding, he was a great musician. You are all in our thought and prayers. Jim & Valentine Michaluk - Posted by: Jim & Valentine Michaluk (Acquaintance ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Our dear Marlene, Colleen and Michelle. We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Rick’s passing. We remember with love and smiles all the wonderful times shared starting back in the 1950s and, tho our lives took different paths, we feel blessed to have made those memories with Rick and you. We especially remember being so grateful to him for saving my dad’s life by rushing him to hospital from Seven Sisters when his throat and tongue were swelling. All our love and most sincere condolences go out to all of you. - Posted by: Elinore and Doug Loos (Cousin) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Marlene, Colleen, Michelle & family We so very sorry to hear of Rick’s passing......Bill remembers many good times that he and Rick played the accordion together........Your entire family is in our thoughts......Take Care Bill & Karen Shanski - Posted by: Bill & Karen Shanski (Cousin) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Sincere condolences to Marlene and family. I remember well the times spent together as Police Officers in Transcona and the "off duty" get togethers with fellow members and their families. Remember the good times. Don and Lynne Bruce Transcona P.D. # 17 - Posted by: Don Bruce (Former workmate) on: Sep 19, 2020

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