On September 24, 2023, retired Major Charles Albert Penny, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Eganville, Ontario. Charles was born and raised in Sydney, Nova Scotia, to parents Gordon and Mary Penny. He is survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart of 62 years, Joan Penny (nee Brenton), daughters Linda (Gilles) Boutet, Karen Blake, Sandra (Joe) Walsh, granddaughters Rachel Boutet, Michelle Boutet, Nyah Davidson, grandson Jevyn Davidson, great-granddaughter Rose Makinson, great-grandson Dale Makinson, and sisters Eileen MacNeil, Ada MacIntosh, Debra Verwey and Christina Torontow. Charles was predeceased by his parents and sister Constance Campbell-Wolschlag.
Charles joined the military and graduated in 1961 with an electrical engineering degree. He completed 34 years of service which included flying and maintenance of light aircraft and helicopters. He square danced regularly for approximately twenty-five years with his wife until he retired in 1990 where he added to his 'Jack of all Trades' personality. Over the years he electrically wired two newly built homes; he purchased a century old player piano and refurbished it including every bellow for each key; he designed and installed a functioning dumbwaiter; he not only did basic car maintenance but would purchase cars that had been in accidents, weld scrap sections together to make one new functioning vehicle and then learned how to professionally paint them; he owned an apple orchard consisting of approximately 50 trees and learned how to care for them so that they produced good fruit; he did detailed woodworking; he built a canoe (that did not leak!); he joined the Eganville Curling Club when he moved to the area where he served on the board as treasurer and president and later in his life, using an advanced computer set-up, he flew simulated planes with people all around the world. He was truly an amazing man who would help anyone, try anything and never worried if there were a few screws left over after he put something back together.
We would like to thank Zohr Family Funeral Home in Eganville for all their assistance during this hard time; the multiple personal support workers and nurses who made him smile and feel comfortable in his last months and all the paramedics that came to help.
Professional arrangements entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Eganville. No service is to be held, however, if any donations are wanted to be contributed please send to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Tributes, condolences and donations may be made online at www.zohrfuneralhome.com