Charles Penhall

Charles Beverley Penhall

Monday, July 14th, 1930 - Monday, April 15th, 2019
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PENHALL, Charles (Bev) Beverly

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Bev Penhall on April 15th. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 56 years, Norma, in October 2010. Left behind to mourn his absence are his son John (daughter Olivia, wife Pernilla and her children Evelyn and Piers); his son Ross (wife Caron, and children Sam and Sophie); his daughter Mary (and her children, Trevor and Chloe).

Our heartfelt thanks go to the outstanding and loving care of Dr. Wayne Smith, the fun and attentive staff at Amica Edgemont Village, and the amazing healthcare team at Lions Gate Hospital, 6 East.

Bev was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and moved with his family to Vancouver in 1949. He joined the James Lovick advertising agency in 1950 where he met Norma who he married four years later. In 1975 Bev went to work for the recently founded Insurance Corporation of BC. He retired from the organization as Vice President, Public Affairs & Road Safety in 1993.

Bev and Norma were married in 1954 and moved to West Vancouver to raise their family in the Bayridge area in the early of that new and relaxed community when kids freely roamed the neighbourhood from dawn to dusk in the summertime.

Bev and Norma enjoyed many years of golf together, both in Vancouver and up and down the West Coast. The family spent many summers basking in the sunshine of Canim Lake in the Cariboo.

Bev will be sorely missed. A gathering for family and friends to celebrate Bev’s life will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the BC Lung Association would be welcome.
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Pam and Steve Douglas

Posted at 08:52pm
Ross and family: We were sad and sorry to hear of your loss. Bev was a vibrant 'old timer' at the Capilano Estate, one of the first to move in, and we miss his detailed knowledge of the complex. He was our garden council member and won awards for the beauty of our gardens over the years. We will also miss the occasional scotch on the rocks and lively conversations with his good friend Ray before dinner drinks on our decks. He was a lovely man and we were fortunate to have known him. May your memories bring you smiles, joy and peace.

Greg Basham

Posted at 07:31pm
My condolences to Bev's family and friends. The pictures alone show how much he'll be missed and treasured in memories.

Over my years at ICBC I had the opportunity to work with Bev indirectly at first and then as a colleague in the Executive Offices. Bev was not only great in leading public and media relations but was always able to find humour regardless of situations - no matter how challenging.

Ken Hardie

Posted at 02:52pm
Very sad of the very best people I ever worked with and for. I thoroughly enjoyed his stature as an old-timey PR/Advertising agency guy. Our gang used to tease him a lot over one of his major accounts back in the day was 'SPORK' - a derivative of the iconic SPAM. It was such a privilege to collaborate with and learn from this guy, not just the art of communication, but the value of trusting people and sharing the 'basking rights' that came with success. I tried my best to carry it all forward after he retired and I stepped somewhat unsteadily into his shoes. He was one of the best, and it's a comfort to know that he's gone on to be reunited with the incomparable Norma Penhall, his partner, foil and strength. Really loved them both.

Charlene Gavel

Posted at 02:45pm
I was sad to hear of your Dad's passing, Ross. I tried to encourage Bev
to join the art class at Amica but he would always say - "Nope, my son's
the artist!" Amica was a wonderful place for my Mom, too.
Best wishes,
Charlene Gavel

Posted at 02:33pm
Our sincere condolance on the loss of your father. Simone & Jim Pocklington

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