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LEONARD (LEN) PENNIE (published on March 07, 2009)

LEONARD (LEN) PENNIE On Saturday, February 28, 2009, Leonard died at the Deer Lodge Centre at the age of 66 years. Family and friends of Leonard Pennie remember him as a quiet man with a wonderful sense of humour and a heart of gold, who could be depended on to help when help was needed. Remaining to forever cherish Len's memory are Beth, his wife of 44 years; his children Neil and Cristen; grandson Tanner, who was the light of his life, and his son-in-law Neil D'Souza. He also leaves behind his brothers Peter (and Marie), Tom (and Ann) and his sister Judy as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father Peter and mother Martha. Born on July 27, 1942, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Len spent his early years in the area of Elmwood on Martin Avenue where, as a young boy, he could be seen on his bicycle delivering bread from Saunders' Bakery. Many of his boyhood companions remained life-long friends. He spent 33 years of his life in the service of the Manitoba Telephone System, during which time he established friendships which continued after retirement. Len was an outdoorsman to the core. In his younger years he was a member of the Winnipeg Gliding Club as well as enjoying scuba diving and motorcycle riding. Summers at Toniata campground were a family ritual, where Len's Sol Cat was a familiar sight on Falcon Lake. In more recent times his wide and varied enthusiastic activities included cycling, canoeing, cross-country skiing and camping. He enjoyed nothing more than a swim at Birdshill Park with his grandson Tanner. His sense of duty and caring was never more evident than in the seven years he spent caring for his wife Beth following a debilitating stroke she suffered in 1999. During the past two years Len was a victim of Lewy Body Dementia, an aggressive form of Alzheimer's, to which he succumbed peacefully on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the age of 66. As per Len's wishes a private cremation has already taken place and a scattering of his ashes will take place at a later date. A special thanks to the staff of B4 in St. Boniface Hospital as well as the Deer Lodge Center for taking extra special care of Len over the past 16 months. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Manitoba, Unit 10-120 Donald Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3C 4G2, would be appreciated by the family.

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