Well-known Central Newfoundland businessman laid to rest

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Jim Penney, a well-known Central Newfoundland businessman who got his entrepreneurial start in Gander, was laid to rest this afternoon in the airport town.

Central Newfoundland businessman, Jim Penney, was laid to rest this afternoon in the Gander. Penney passed away May 19.

The long-time businessman passed away Monday at the age of 78.

Penney was born in Carbonear in 1935, and later moved to Gander, where he worked in the automobile business and eventually opened Jim Penney Limited in 1965. In his 49-year career, he also branched into other business ventures, and, along the way, garnered various awards and accolades for his efforts.

He was predeceased by his parents Chesley and Ina Penney; brothers Malcolm and Neville; and parents in-law Mark and Jane Moss.

He left to mourn his son Jimmy of Gander; daughters Debbie Martin (Ray) of Gander, Michelle Peddle (Junior) of Gander, and Tara Dickey (Kevin) of Gander; brothers Chesley (Iris) of Long Pond-Manuels, George (Helen) of St. John’s, Jordan (Helen) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Orville (Betty) of Grand Falls-Windsor, and Fred (Anne) of Grand Falls-Windsor; sisters Elizabeth Winter (Hallett) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Anna Thistle (Alex) of Grand Falls-Windsor, Norma Pilgrim (Calvin) of Bay Roberts, and Glenis Murray (Glen) of Carbonear; grandchildren Matthew (Amanda) Martin, Jonathon Martin, Braden Bradley, and Brett Dickey; and great-grandson William Martin.

Also left to mourn is the mother of Jim’s four children, Essie Penney, and special friend Beatrice Piercey, along with numerous nephews, nieces, and a large circle of family and friends.

The funeral service took place this afternoon at 2 p.m., at St. Martin's Anglican Cathedral in Gander.

Organizations: Jim Penney, Anglican Cathedral

Geographic location: Gander, Carbonear, Central Newfoundland Jordan Bay Roberts

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  • russell norris
    May 23, 2014 - 20:36

    deeply saddened to hear of jim's passing. I did numerous contract jobs for jim and I found him a gentleman, very particular, wanted to personalize very thing, very sharpe, interesting and had a vision with business, and a good pay master. I had much respect for jim eventhough I bought chev. trucks but he would laugh it of when he saw my chev. he would say I know allan sells chevs. I want to express my personal thoughts with your family and I can say one thing jim penny was well respected in my mind today and always. god bless such a good man

  • stella murray
    May 23, 2014 - 16:58

    Debbie, Michelle, Jimmy and Tara, I send you my condolences on the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May the good memories be with you all forever. My Love, Stella