Thomson In The Park Funeral Home and Cemetery

1291 McGillivray Blvd, Winnipeg, MB


David Paul Penner

August 9, 1958January 7, 2020

David sadly passed away on January 7, 2020 at the age of 61.

He will be dearly missed by his wife and lifelong partner of 43 years, Marion and his two children Matthew (Kelly) and Zoe (Calvin). He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Gladys and is survived by his brother Lawrence.

David was a charismatic, humble, and thoughtful man who approached everything he did whole-heartedly. His favourite place was the family cottage at Victoria Beach where he spent many summers exploring the boreal forest, admiring wildlife, and cycling through trails with his family and dogs. He loved playing card games, reading in the screen room, late-night bike rides to the pier and evenings around the bonfire. At home, David enjoyed quiet evenings with his family and watching Jets games from the comfort of his living room. He was a committed father who was always interested in whatever his children were taking on, ensuring they approached their goals with passion.

David was a man of vision. His out-of-the-box ideas, spirit of volunteerism, mentorship, and vision for revitalizing Winnipeg continue to inspire those who spent time with him to make a difference. He was an outspoken advocate for urban design and knew that beautiful places meant a beautiful life. In 1993, he founded David Penner Architect out of his distinctive pyramid-shaped office. David was involved with the Prairie Design Awards and the MAA for many years. He was a founder of Storefront MB, where he was a driving force behind Cool Gardens, Bar Nano, and Table for 1200. His legacy of work will stand as a monument to his creativity and love for Winnipeg.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the spring to honour and raise a glass to David.

Storefront MB was David’s passion, always celebrating the value of community, art and design. In memory of David, gifts can be donated to the David Penner Endowment Fund with Storefront MB directly at storefrontmb.ca


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  • A celebration of life will be held in the spring.


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Guy Prefontaine

January 20, 2020

Dear Marion, Matthew and Zoe,
Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences on the loss of David. I had the distinct pleasure of renewing ties with my old school friend when we recently began working on yet another initiative that David had brought to the city; that being the Commerce Design Awards program. I always marvelled at David's energy, passion and altruistic nature in pursuing all things architecture, but mostly because his seemingly boundless energy benefitted the entire architectural community at the cost of his many many late nights. David and I had communicated Monday regarding a meeting on Friday, so, in some small measure I share with you the shock of his sudden passing. Please accept our prayers of support for your family during this difficult time.
Guy, Margaret, Alex and Camille Prefontaine

Paulina Borland

January 18, 2020

Dear Penner family;

I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. I express my heartfelt condolences to the family.
Knowing and working with David on our home was a great honour and pleasure. His gift for creating unforgettable structures, spaces of beauty, will live on.
I will never forget this kind, humble man.
He will be missed.

Tim Sahuri

January 17, 2020

My deepest condolences to Dave’s family. I knew Dave during architecture school so many years ago. He was truly one of a kind.... a quietly talented man who really liked people and enjoyed life.

Don Oliver

January 15, 2020

The unexpected passing of David has left a huge void in the world of anyone that has ever had the opportunity to meet and work with him. His insight into the ways of the world, wisdom and altruistic manner propelled him to achieve remarkable things that has made this world a better place for him having been here. He will be missed.

Matt Hagen

January 13, 2020

David was a wonderful man and a thoughtful mentor. I had the opportunity to learn from David and can honestly say he was one-of-a-kind. I will never forget his wisdom and humour - always inserting his quick wit into every conversation. I will carry with me all the great memories and skills learned from you at DPA & Storefront. David was an inspiration to many and had a major impact on the design community; Winnipeg would be a much better place if we had more people like him around.

Thanks for everything D, I really appreciate it. You are greatly missed.

Verne Reimer

January 12, 2020

Aine and I share the sadness and sorrow of David's passing. David was a very beautiful and creative man. We enjoyed every moment we shared together. His architectural legacy to our community is enormous and it will continue to offer us pleasure every day - far into the future. He will be remembered and truly missed by everyone. Our sincere and heartfelt condolences and sympathies go to Marion, Matthew and Zoe.

Shelley and Victor Kuzyk

January 12, 2020

David Penner made a valuable and lasting contribution to Winnipeg’s outstanding architecture. As a “home grown” architect David’s work has been recognized as unique and innovative. We will always be grateful to David for transforming our home into a space that has significantly added to its character,beauty and livability. David greatly enhanced the quality of our family’s life through his imaginative design solutions.
We will miss you David
Victor and Shelley Kuzyk

Chuck Wilsone

January 12, 2020

Ferocious rebounder , great teammate , I cherish the memory of many a ball practice and game. Also wonderful memory of a certain Volkswagen in a snowstorm. Thanks ,Dave for the memories.

Carie Winslow

January 11, 2020

I knew David and Marion in Highschool. I was Marion’s friend but I could see that David was kind and loyal as a boyfriend. He would be classified as a cool customer back then. Yes he wore a jean jacket most of the time and he drove a sports car before most of us owned a car. He was quick and smart witted and well liked by everyone. I can’t imagine what it is like to loose someone that you have shared your life with all of this time. My deepest condolences go out to you and your children Marion. Love you Carie

Dan Donahue

January 11, 2020

While I didn’t know David well, we did cross paths from time to time. His contributions to the architectural community and our city will live on. I am eternally grateful to David and am deeply saddened to learn of his passing . My deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.