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Born: Jul 18, 1930

Date of Passing: Sep 11, 2022

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July 18, 1930 - September 11, 2022

It is with great sadness and a lifetime of wonderful memories that we share the news of Eileen Pennycook's passing on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at the age of 92.
Eileen was born in Souris, Manitoba as the youngest child of Doris and James Murphy.
She was predeceased by all her siblings, Stan Murphy, Grace Stephen, Isabel Harman, Frances Thompson, Jean French, Jim Murphy and her son-in-law, Ken Coe.
She is deeply missed by the love of her life, Rod Pennycook; and her six children, Rod Pennycook (Francine), David Pennycook (Cathy), Kathleen Coe (Ken), Margaret Daniel (George), Moira Farrer (Ian), and Chris Pennycook (Linda); grandchildren and great-grandchildren: Scott (Vanessa), Mya, Nixon; Shawn (Allison), Owen, Hailey; Alex (Lauren); Tara; Jackie; Andrew (Paige) Maxwell, Wallace; Ben (Amanda) Paige, Luke; Leah (Ashley) Oaklyn; Erica (Blake) Kennedy; Randy; Jordan; as well as Moira Malegus and many nieces, nephews, and their children.
Eileen moved to Winnipeg in 1935, where she resided for the remainder of her life. She was educated at Wellington, Laura Secord, St. John's and Gordon Bell schools. When she was 15 she met Rod "the sweetheart of her life and the dearest husband she could ask for". They were paired together by chance during a dance at the Old St. Andrews Young People Group and married in 1951.
Eileen worked for Manitoba Telephone System prior to starting a family in 1952. She was an amazing wife, mother, friend, gramma, and truly lived up to the title of 'great' grandma. She was well known for her athletic prowess and encouraged sport and sportsmanship to all. In her early years she played basketball and fencing but in later years golf and curling were her passion. She was decorated with many trophies and was particularly proud to Skip her team to winning the Manitoba Senior Ladies Curling Championships in 1981 and 1991, representing Manitoba in the National Bonspiel in both those years. She made lifelong friends while curling at Valour Road/Thistle (Honorary Member), Wildwood and the Grain Exchange Curling Clubs. Both Rod and Eileen also enjoyed playing in numerous duplicate bridge clubs.
She was extremely generous with her time and energy, serving as the President of the Grain Exchange Curling Club (Honorary Life Member) and on the boards of the Manitoba Curling Association, Winnipeg Symphony, St. Amant, and at St. Charles Country Club where she held the position of Ladies President and was one of the first female board members. To better serve these roles Eileen honed her speaking skills through the Toastmasters Organization and attained the role of President for that club.
Eileen's fondest memories were of her time spent at the family cottage in Gimli with Rod, her children and extended family; her many enjoyable trips across the globe; and especially her winters in Palm Springs. The family Christmas and her birthday golf tournaments were cherished by those that loved her.
She will be remembered and missed for her devotion to Rod and her children, living life to the fullest, being the life of the party, beating all of us at bridge and most card games, and loved by all she touched.
The last couple of years were challenging with Mom bravely battling the debilitating effects of dementia. The family extends their gratitude to the dedicated Arbour Memory Care staff at Brightwater Senior Living with special thanks to Kim Nott and also to private caregivers, Pat, Marcela and Brigit.
A celebration of Eileen's life will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Charles Country Club. Family and friends are encouraged to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Way of Winnipeg (

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2022, Sep 17, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Extending our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Pennycook family on the passing of your family matriarch Margaret Pennycook. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tribute of her enduring commitment to her community and her family! Please know that our thoughts are with you at this side time. Sorry for your loss. Lynda Ruban staff & friends at the HSC Foundation - Posted by: Lynda D Ruban (staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Sep 23, 2022

  • Rod, I was so sorry to read of the loss of your wife. While you and I have not been in touch since early days at Great-West I remember you as a wonderful associate and a true gentleman. The passing of time is not always kind and I wish you and your family the best as you cope with this new chapter in your lives. - Posted by: Dale Stewart (Acquaintance of Rod from Great-West Life) on: Sep 21, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I will cherish a lot of family memories that we had growing up in Gimli in the summer months. Embrace each other and cherish the memories that you each have. Heather and John Titley (Hicks) - Posted by: Heather Titley (Friend of family) on: Sep 19, 2022

  • Oh Moira, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I enjoyed your mom's spirit which she handed down to you. I smiled in memory as we drove her home after I kissed the curb in the carmel tin can. The wheel was vertical and all you said, "Don't let my mom see! Keep her talking!" Big hugs my friend, regardless of our age, our mom is still our mom and in passing we are lost. - Posted by: Diane Alexander (friend to daughter Moira) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • My Dad and I were sorry to read of your wife and mom’s death. Chris had told us that life had become a struggle for her. I have fond memories of several summers at Gimli, and your mom was a big part of those memories. She was a very nice lady. My sincerest condolences at this sad time. Shelley Lindquist - Posted by: Shelley Lindquist (Harland) (Old acquaintance ) on: Sep 18, 2022

  • On behalf of the Wishart family, former friends and neighbors on Ash Street, please accept our condolences for your loss. We have fond memories of Eileen and the rest of the Pennycook clan growing up together back in the 50's and 60's. These were the days when families were large, the kids played together on the street on long summer nights until dark and everyone knew everyone in the neighborhood. Although we moved away to Montreal and Vancouver our parents somehow stayed in touch and I met up a few times with David in later life in his financial work with DU. We are thinking of you in this time of grief. God Bless. - Posted by: Rick Wishart (Former neighbour) on: Sep 17, 2022

  • I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I have such fond memories of her and the family, growing up with Margaret. She was always kind generous and loving, and she had the best smile and laugh. Enjoy all of the memories.... she was a great lady! Barb and Randy. - Posted by: Barbara Macdonald (Family friend) on: Sep 16, 2022

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