June 8, 2020
The Penner family has lost a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Henry Penner, aged 79, passed away Monday, June 8, 2020 at his home on Blewett Rd., Nelson, BC, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edith, and sons Jake, Mark, Steven, Kevin, Alan, his fostered niece BJ, and their families. He is also survived by his sister Betty, her family and many extended family members. Henry was born on August 5, 1940, and was the 5th of 7 children born to Heinrich and Elizabeth Penner in Fort Vermillion, Alberta.
Henry began his working career on river boats in Yellowknife before moving to Nelson, where he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway as a maintenance worker. From there, he joined the ‘bridge crew” of the Highway Department. Then began a long career as a welder, working for various forestry companies in the Kootenay region. He retired in 2005, at the age of 65.
Henry was not one to sit still for long. When he wasn’t repairing and maintaining equipment and buildings on his property in Blewett, you could find him collecting and organizing his pennies, or looking for antiques at garage sales. He loved the outdoors, and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed his daily coffee and conversation with friends.
Henry loved to spend time with his large family, and he always ensured that loved ones looked after and cared for. He lived his life with love and vitality. Though saddened by his sudden passing, those who love him know that being able to take pleasure in life and living it fully to the end is exactly how he would’ve wanted it. Henry died peacefully in his home after spending the day on an outing with his wife. He will be missed.
Due to the current restrictions, the family held a small, private service at their home.
Sarah Stevens of Thompson Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements.
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