Dr. Lee Arthur Penner

Dr. Lee Arthur Penner

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Lee at the age of 73 years.

Lee 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), 6 nephews and countless cousins.

On October 15th, 1943, the quietness of Rudgewick, southern England was disrupted both by the roar of German fighter bombers, and the cries of newborn Lee. A year later, Lee and his English mother then made the harrowing Atlantic crossing to Halifax and then 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. Lee then commenced his Paediatric post-graduate studies at the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital. He also focused on Anaesthesiology. In 1970, Lee ultimately chose to practice general medicine in Salmon Arm, where he practiced for 37 years and touched countless lives in the community. Lee was also a UBC Clinical Professor to medical students interested in rural practice. Upon retiring from his practice in Salmon Arm, he worked as a locum physician in several other BC communities. He finally finished his career as the Medical Representative on a CPP Disability Tribunal, which involved interesting travel experiences throughout Canada. 

Lee was so proud of his three boys who have excelled in their chosen professions. He was a warm and caring grandfather. Lee enjoyed a full life amongst family and his many friends.  

Of Lee’s many hobbies and activities, boating was his passion, both on the Shuswap Lake and BC coast. As well, he was actively involved in his community.

Lee’s mischievous smile, sense of humour, 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 celebration of life will be arranged at a later date.

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.

Condolences may be forwarded to the family through Lee’s obituary at www.bowerfuneralservice.com

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