Issue: BCMJ, Vol. 59,
January, February 2017,
page(s) 13 Obituaries
It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Dr Lee Penner at age 73.
Dr Penner leaves behind his beloved wife, Jocelyn (Jos); sons Scott (Heather), Garth (Bri), and Aaron (Trinity); grandchildren Adam, Sarah, Nora, Davis, and Emma; sisters Denise (David), Janet (Rick), Susan, Leona (Dave); six nephews; and countless cousins.
On 15 October 1943 the quietness of Rudgwick in southeast England was disrupted by both the roar of German fighter bombers and the cries of newborn Lee. One year later Lee and his English mother made the harrowing Atlantic crossing to Halifax and then went on to Manitoba. After the war Lee’s father studied medicine and settled with his young family in Kindersley, Saskatchewan.
Lee achieved a BA, majoring in genetics, and then followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a medical doctor. He graduated with a medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was awarded the class Paediatric Medal. He then commenced his pediatric postgraduate studies at Winnipeg Children’s Hospital, where he also focused on anesthesiology. In 1970 Dr Penner chose to practise general medicine in Salmon Arm and stayed there for 37 years, touching countless lives in the community. He was also a UBC clinical professor to medical students interested in rural practice. Upon retiring from his practice in Salmon Arm, Dr Penner worked as a locum physician in several other BC communities. He finished his career as the medical representative on a CPP disability tribunal, which involved interesting travel experiences throughout Canada.
Lee was proud of his three boys, who have excelled in their chosen professions, and was a warm and caring grandfather. Lee enjoyed a full life among family and his many friends. Of Lee’s many hobbies and activities, boating was his passion, both on Shuswap Lake and along the BC coast. As well, he was actively involved in his community.
Lee’s mischievous smile, sense of humor, and generosity endeared him to those who were fortunate to know him. His stable and calm presence will be missed by all.
A private ceremony for immediate family is planned, and a reception and celebration of life will be held 29 April 2017. For further information contact Bowers Funeral Service (250 832-2223). Donations in Lee’s memory can be made to the Shuswap Community Foundation or the Shuswap Lake General Hospital. Sincere thanks to Dr James Levins and the compassionate staff of Shuswap Lake General Hospital.