It is with great sadness that the family of John A. Penney announce his passing on April 2nd, 2021, when he slipped into an eternal sleep surrounded by loved ones.
John came into this world on Valentine’s Day and left it on Good Friday. Born in 1942 to George and Mary Penney (née Furey) of Bishop’s Falls. John and his siblings Jim (deceased), Jose, Raymond (deceased), Don, Doug, and Cyril (deceased), were raised in what we would now call “hard times.”
Those times made John who he was. They gave him the grit, determination, and spirit of self-sufficiency that defined his life. Though he was always “careful” with money, he always made sure there was wood for the fire, food in the cupboard, and a good car in the driveway. If John felt something was worth taking care of, he did it with his own hands: it was the only way he could make sure it was done right—and the only way he could be sure he wouldn’t get a bill afterwards.
John was a life-long learner, always keen to “figure something out,” and even keener to share the knowledge. Working on cars was his passion. Wrench in hand, he had that modest, attentive, and skeptical manner we witness in the best mechanics. People would drive from miles around because Johnny knew cars in ways today’s mechanics can’t even appreciate.
He will always be remembered by his sons and grandchildren for his warm smile and great hugs. He could make you laugh in any situation. If he had known he was to pass on Good Friday, he would have told you not to mourn him till Monday and to watch for him Sunday morning—just in case.
We will forever cherish his memories and to quote his sayings like “There’s nothing stupider than one of those educated fellas.”
John leaves behind his partner Marlene, his sons Craig and Kurt, and his grandchildren, Danielle, Jonathan, Jasmine. and James.
In keeping with his wishes, a private cremation will be held at Hoskins Funeral Home. His ashes will be interred on a summer day to be announced, followed by a reception and celebration of life.