George Howard Pennington Jr.
November 6, 1933 – June 3, 2019
George Howard Pennington Jr., passed away at his home in Tampa, FL on June 3, 2019 at the age of 85. Born in Ocala, FL in 1933, the only child of George Howard Pennington and Virginia Carmichael Pennington, he was proud to be a fourth generation Floridian. George graduated from Haines City High School in 1951and attended the University of Florida for two years leaving to serve in the United States Army from 1953-1956. Upon his return to UF he was a member of the SEC Championship Track Team of 1956 and a Florida AAU Gold Medal winner for the high jump. He was a proud Gator of the class of 1958, a member of Florida Blue Key, F Club and the University Hall of Fame.
George began his career as a physical education teacher, head track coach, football coach and Dean of Boys at Hillsborough High School. Soon after, he met Barbara McCartney and began a wonderful marriage of nearly sixty years. George continued his career in education as an Area Director for Hillsborough County Schools and in 1973 left public education to become President of Berkeley Preparatory School. He conducted the largest fund-raising campaign at that time for a private school in Hillsborough County and relocated Berkeley to a new 32 acre campus in 1978. In 1979 Bob Martinez asked George to be the manager for his campaign for Mayor of Tampa. The rest is history. George proudly served the City of Tampa for 15 years as Chief of Staff for Mayors Bob Martinez and Sandy Freedman.
George tactfully and enthusiastically relished the challenges of every position in which he served but often said that the most rewarding job he ever had began in 1995 when he became President of MacDonald Training Center, an educational and training facility for adults with special needs. While there he secured new group homes and programs for clients and relocated the Center to a new facility. In 2001 he retired from a life of community service to a life of great enjoyment of family, friends and RV traveling. He was a wonderful and loving caregiver for his Mother, who predeceased him by four weeks at the age of 106. George is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara and by his proudest legacies of a life well lived, children; Kyle Pennington (Alison), Karyn Pennington Reina (DJ); grandchildren, Kathryn Reina, Domenick Reina (Andrea), George Pennington III, and Charlie Pennington.
Visitation will be held at Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 So. Dale Mabry, on Sat., June 15 from 10:00 am to 12:00, followed by a funeral Mass at noon.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made in George's memory to Berkeley Preparatory School Scholarship Fund, 4811 Kelly Rd. 33615 or MacDonald Training Center, 5420 W. Cypress Ave. 33607.
- He was a wonderful and loving caregiver for his Mother, who predeceased him by four weeks at the age of 106. George is survived by his beloved wife, Barbara and by his proudest legacies of a life well lived, children; Kyle Pennington (Alison), Karyn Pennington Reina (DJ); grandchildren, Kathryn Reina, Domenick Reina (Andrea), George Pennington III, and Charlie Pennington.
Berkeley Preparatory School Scholarship Fund
4811 Kelly Road, Tampa, Florida 33615
MacDonald Training Center
5420 W. Cypress Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33607
- Visitation Saturday, June 15, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 15, 2019
George Howard Pennington Jr.
June 14, 2019
George and Barbara have shown us nothing but love and kindness since we became neighbors a couple years ago. It has been an honor knowing such a wonderful man and we will cherish his memory dearly.
All our love Barbara and Family,
Tyler, Erin, and Ben Oberly
Pattie Howse Nager
June 12, 2019
Mr. Pennington was Dean of Boys when I was there. Very nice man, easy to work with. I graduated in 65. Will be missed. RIP Mr. Pennington
June 11, 2019
Coach Pennington was my track coach at Hillsborough High School in 1961. He was an amazing athlete that could still out jump his athletes. More importantly he was a great role model for so many. He gave so many so much for so many many years. We were so lucky to have had him be a part of our lives.
June 11, 2019
Coach Pennington was my track coach at Hillsborough High in my sophomore year(1961). I credit him with pushing me to be the best high hurdler I could be and in fact was fortunate enough to receive a college scholarship. I recall him having the track team members over to his house that year for a party where we met his wife and he had us all sign our names on a wall there. I was disappointed that he was not the track coach after that year, but I remember him being a terrific Dean of Boys and I was happy for him! Please accept my condolences. I will always remember him.
Mary Sid Twachtmann
June 11, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with you, Barbara. So many memories....
Mary Sid Twachtmann, Mary Dale Twachtmann, Jeannette Twachtmann
Mary Anne Kirsch
June 10, 2019
George was a very special person . I loved all his wonderful stories. He was so good to me, often acting like a father. Offering tips on life, loaning me his camping equipment, jumper cables and anything else I might need. He always asked about my family and went to almost every one of my daughter's highschool productions, including her last show in April of this year. Even as he was growing weaker, he made a point of being there for her last show. I’m so blessed to have known and loved George. I will miss him dearly.
June 8, 2019
June 9, 2019
Andrew and Wilma Spain
We will always be thankful that we had the opportunity to know George as a beloved friend and neighbor. George and Barbara always treated us as extended family and we will cherish his memory for years to come.
George you will be truly missed.
Andrew and Wilma
Dick & Sharon Johnson
June 7, 2019
We feel so lucky to have known George and to call him friend and neighbor. If you look up classy in the dictionary you will see George’s picture. We will miss you.
Love, Dick and Sharon