Memorable Manitobans: Bertrand Rudolph “Bert” Penman (1914-1984)
Born at Alberta in 1914, son of Randolph M. Penman (1887-1971) and Margaret Whiteman (1892-1966), his parents returned to Dauphin, where they had been married in July 1914, and he attended grade school and Normal School, with university enrollment at Edmonton and the University of Manitoba.
He worked as a telegraph operator for the Canadian Northern Railway and taught in the Flin Flon School District (c1940) and Dauphin Town School District No. 903. On 25 August 1941, he married fellow teacher Alma Irene Miles (1914-2011) at Dauphin. They took up residence at Portage la Prairie and had three sons. He joined his wife on the teaching staff of the Lakeview Institute at the Manitoba Home for Boys, where he taught (1960-1965), was Principal (1960-1968), and Choir Master. He was also President of Penman’s Music Store in Portage la Prairie and taught the Elks Junior Band (which became the Portage School Band). He was a member of the Elks, Masons, Khartum Temple Shrine Orchestra, Rotary Club, Canadian Legion, Army Navy Airforce Veterans Club, and Trinity United Church.
Birth [Alma Irene Miles] and marriage [Randolph M. Penman and Margaret Whiteman, Bertrand Rudolph Penman and Alma Irene Miles] registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.
“Sonnichsen-McDonald,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1940, page 11.
“Engagements [Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Miles...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 July 1941, page 5.
“Birth [Brian William Penman],” Dauphin Herald, 1 November 1945, page 9.
“Choir festival ushers in Christmas season,” Portage la Prairie Leader, 15 December 1960, page 13.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 20 August 1984, page 29.
Winnipeg estate files (ATG 0025A), PR84-01-00555 Bertrand Rudolph Penman, GR7996, Archives of Manitoba.
Obituary [Alma Irene Penman], Dauphin Herald, 19 January 2011, page B5.
Riverside Cemetery [Portage la Prairie] burial transcriptions, FindAGrave.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 2 June 2023