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LEO PENNER

Born: Apr 15, 1947

Date of Passing: Nov 30, 2020

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LEO PENNER
April 15, 1947 - November 30, 2020

Leo Penner, better known as Leo the Tree Man, passed away Monday, November 30, 2020, at St. Boniface Hospital. He was a friend to all, and we are comforted knowing that our collective sadness is bringing us together in this time, even if not in person.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years Shirley, son Darcy (Pam), grandsons Jerzey and Ryder, daughter Coralee (Jason), and son Jon. His surviving siblings include one brother, three sisters, one-half brother, one-half sister, and numerous step-siblings.
He was predeceased by his parents and an extensive list of half and step-siblings.
Leo was born on April 15, 1947, to C.W. and Margaret Penner and grew up in Steinbach. Leo's career including driving long distance for Penner's Transfer, and then locally for Barkman Concrete. He ran a Christmas tree lot for many years and selling people the perfect tree made him so happy! After prompting from his half-brother Gordon, he continued the family tradition of tree-trimming and his arborist business Leo the Tree Man was born. Leo LOVED people, and with his son Jon by his side they went the extra mile to make sure that all of their customers were well taken care of. In 2016, Leo had an accident on the job site and suffered a spinal cord injury that left him in a wheelchair. This transition was not always easy, and he did the best that he could to remain positive and continue telling stories and jokes to everyone that he met. In the last few years, he loved knitting toques, playing crokinole, watching YouTube, and sharing a Werthers with everyone that came to visit him at Le Chalet in La Broquerie.
A service will be planned for when we can all safely gather again, likely in the latter part of 2021.
Donations can be made to Stars Air Ambulance or www.nashi.ca.
COVID-19 is real! Please help do your part to stop the spread.


Publish Date: Dec 10, 2020

LEO PENNER
April 15, 1947
- November 30, 2020

Leo Penner, better known as, Leo the Tree Man, passed away Monday, November 30 at St. Boniface Hospital. He was a friend to all, and we are comforted knowing that our collective sadness is bringing us together in this time, even if not in person. A service will be planned for when we can all safely gather again, likely in the later part of 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stars Air Ambulance or www.nashi.ca.
We were lucky to have the last four years with him since his accident, but know that he is no longer in pain. Covid-19 is real! Please help do your part to help stop the spread.


Publish Date: Dec 3, 2020

As published in The Carillon on Dec 03, 2020, Dec 10, 2020

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Leo and I grew up together in Steinbach. I have a lot of good memories together picking berries on the farm. The last time we met he was having his first child and he was so exited. How time flies. Sorry to see him go so soon. - Posted by: benjamin epp (friend) on: Dec 04, 2020

  • My deepest condolences to Shirley & the entire family for their loss. Leo was exceptional, funny & always had something kind to say. Great memories will be imbedded in my heart forever. Rest in peace my brother & you are now pain free. I Love You & will miss you. Go with God. - Posted by: Kevin & Gladys Rucker (sister) on: Dec 03, 2020

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