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Memorable Manitobans: Percival W. Pennefather (1866-1942)

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Born at Castle Gray, Limerick, Ireland in 1866, son of J. P. Pennefather, he came to Canada with his family in 1880 and joined the Royal North West Mounted Police in 1885 and over the next 30 years was stationed at various posts throughout western Canada. He was at Morden when he married Edith MacDermott of Goderich, Ontario. They had three children. From 1899 to 1906 he was stationed in the Yukon then spent some years at Prince Albert and Lethbridge. When he retired from the force in 1922 he returned to Prince Albert where he served as a magistrate for several years. He died at the Winnipeg home of his daughter on 11 November 1942.


“Lt.-Col. P. W. Pennyfather dies, aged 76,” Manitoba Free Press, 12 November 1942. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B9, page 120]

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2015

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