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Theo Pennings (1951 – 2021)
We are sad to announce that Theodore Henrik Pennings, seventy, of Brantford, Ontario, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at home surrounded by family.
Theo fought hard against his Glioblastoma for over a year and a half, however, he was not able to beat it. He was able to get his final wish of staying in the home he and Linda dreamt of and finally built. Theo was able to have his final summer sitting on his back deck, enjoying the sunshine, watching the new houses being built and enjoying his family.
Theo was born on February 10, 1951, in Kingston but grew up in Cambridge with his parents and numerous siblings. Theo used to help on the family’s pig farm as well as other businesses until he joined the International Union of Operating Engineers in 1978 and became a crane operator when he earned his Hoisting License in 1983.
Theo started working for Nadrofsky Steel Erecting Limited which became Cooper’s Crane, then Sterling Crane, for over forty years. Theo retired ten years ago from a job he loved and was proud of. He had lots of great memories of working with the guys, but the most memorable ones were when he got to work with his sons. Theo has helped build countless buildings like the Skydome, the Ferrero Rocher plant, arenas and even helped during a Pink Floyd Concert in Toronto.
Theo has left a bit of his legacy behind and all around us in his work to look at and remember him. Each time you eat a Ferrero Rocher, think of Theo with his warm smile, caring heart, twinkling eyes, thoughtfulness, patience, forgiveness, generosity, loyalty, friendship, but most of all, his love.
Theo was always the first one to help with anything so be it building a deck, a gazebo or fixing a leak, a fence, giving advice and it did not matter if you were a friend, a neighbour, family or a stranger. Theo was always there to answer our questions, to teach us skills and to show us how to “do it the right way the first time.”
Theo enjoyed camping with the trailer at Pinehurst for many years or taking it on the road with the family to places like the East coast or Cedar Point or Elora Gorge to name a few. Theo enjoyed many golf trips with the guys down south and golf days up here with his sons. Theo always had fun on his trips with Linda, with their friends and the family. He always had a mischievous contagious smile and a sparkle in his eyes.
Theo was a devoted and loving son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
Theo wanted us to remember him as he was, not for the cancer that took him away. In lieu of flowers, we ask you to please donate via the form below, call 1-800-265-5106 ext. 229, or, mail a cheque to Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, 205 Horton St E, Suite 203, London, ON, N6B 1K7. Thank you.
“Rest in Peace Dad … We love you and we will see you soon xo”