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Date of Passing: Aug 15, 2022

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1968 - 2022

With deep sadness we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Douglas on August 15, 2022 in Sofia, Bulgaria, while on a family vacation. Douglas went to be with his Lord and Saviour at the age of 54 years.
He was predeceased by his parents, Albert and Judith (Suderman) Penner. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Tricia (Swift) and three daughters, Madeline, Avery and Leah. He is also survived by three brothers, Paul (Elizabeth), Brent (Hong) and Nathan, two sisters, Alanda (Glenn) Penner, Nadine (Robert) Herda, his parents-in-law, Ron and Terry Swift, sister-in-law, Tracy (Derek) Dreger and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Douglas was born in Winnipeg. He grew up in the North Kildonan area where he attended Maple Leaf and Emerson Elementary Schools, John Pritchard and River East Collegiate. He attended the University of Manitoba where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy. Douglas' career as a pharmacist included several jobs, including Tache Pharmacy, CancerCare Manitoba and Cangene Corporation. He started his own business, Alentex Pharmacy, which he successfully grew and managed for many years. This pharmacy was eventually sold and is now Medisystem Pharmacy in Winnipeg, where Douglas continued to work. Douglas' outstanding knowledge, personable and friendly personality, unforgettable humour, kindness and innovative ideas made him highly respected and truly liked by all of his many colleagues and patients.
Douglas married Tricia (Swift), whom he met at university, on October 3, 1998. They built a home in East St. Paul and have three daughters, Madeline (17), Avery (15) and Leah (12). Douglas was a selfless, dedicated and loving husband and father, who brought joy and laughter to every day. He enjoyed travelling and we would look forward to our annual family European summer vacation. Douglas was an expert travel planner and always had every detail extensively planned.
Douglas was a man of unfaltering faith, humility, devotion, and strong conviction, from whom his family and friends experienced many blessings.
A memorial service will be held at Providence Reformed Church, 2615 Henderson Highway, East St. Paul, MB at 11:00 a.m., September 10, 2022. A private family interment will be held at the Manitou Cemetery, Manitou, MB.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to Ligonier Ministries,

I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress
and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is
worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies.
Psalm 18:1-3
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 03, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • My deepest condolences to his family. Doug was an amazing person. I will always remember him sitting at his desk singing The Backstreet Boys songs. Gonna miss you Doogie - Posted by: Kim clements (Co worker) on: Jun 04, 2023

  • My heart aches for you Tricia and the girls. Sending you all huge hugs and praying for strength during this difficult time. Thinking of you all. ❤️ - Posted by: Amber Chambers (formerly Baran) (Former teacher to Avery and Leah) on: Sep 15, 2022

  • Condolences to Trish and the girls. Douglas will be truly missed by all who knew him. - Posted by: Melissa (Cousin ) on: Sep 08, 2022

  • Even though, we did not spend a lot of time together, I will remember each and every one.. We always seemed to have so much to talk about and we did not always agree we always had a good laugh. I will miss those times. Evelyn - Posted by: Evelyn Lewandoski (Auntie-in-law and friend) on: Sep 08, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to all of you. I was shocked to hear of Mr Penner’s passing. A huge hug to all of you. Sending you strength and love at this very difficult time. 😘❤️ - Posted by: Angie Baseraba (Former teacher of the girls) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • So terribly sad to learn of Doug's sudden passing. I worked with Doug while working for North Eastman Health Assn. and always enjoyed his positive spirit and commitment to getting the job done. Heartfelt condolences to Doug’s loved ones. - Posted by: Judy Coleman (Former colleague) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • I was a physician that worked with Doug at a personal care home. He was always an amazing person to work with but more so as an amazing friend and mentor. He always had an even and generous personality and could speak about any subject intelligently. He was a warm person and had a great sense of humour. He made the morning medication rounds go so smoothly no matter what was going on. An intelligent, kind, generous man of faith that will be sorely missed. - Posted by: Robert Zoppa (Colleague) on: Sep 06, 2022

  • I am so sorry for your loss, and wishing you strength and comfort and the communion of the saints as your family learns to navigate this unexpected new reality. May you be richly blessed by the love and support of those around you! - Posted by: Elly Boersema (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2022

  • So shocked and very saddened to read of Doug’s passing. It was always a pleasure to see him at our dental clinic and the pharmacy downstairs in our building. A true professional in every way. Our hearts ache for his family, but know that the angels welcomed him into God’s paradise with open arms. - Posted by: Dr. Zoltan & Janice Horvath (Patient) on: Sep 03, 2022

  • Aunt Annie and Family express our sincere condolences. We are excited to know that the loss on earth is exceeded by that Hope of eternal life beyond the grave. May the love and peace of our God fill you as you mourn your loss of a lovely father husband and friend. “When sorrows like sea billows roll…it is well, it is well with my soul.” - Posted by: Irene (First cousin) on: Sep 03, 2022

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