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April 4, 1960 - October 5, 2023

With great sadness, we announce that Robert Penner, of Richmond, BC, passed away on October 5, 2023 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Rob, the youngest of 12 children, was born on April 4, 1960 to George and Edna Penner in Mission, BC.

After graduating from W.J. Mouat Secondary School, Abbotsford, Rob attended His Hill Bible School in Comfort, Texas. From there he joined a Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Discipleship Training School in Salem, Oregon.

In 1981, Rob travelled to Hong Kong to participate in a YWAM Far East Evangelism Team. There he met Joy Williams and they were married two years later. Rob and Joy went on to adopt two boys Yik Wah (Joseph Alan) and Yik Man (Benjamin James).

Rob served as a missionary in Hong Kong and China as well as pastored in five different churches in Canada and Hong Kong. In addition he coauthored and wrote several books.

Rob delighted in languages. He read Greek and Hebrew and spoke Mandarin and Cantonese. He appreciated nature and enjoyed kayaking, hiking and bird watching. Above all, he loved God and his Word.

Rob was predeceased by his parents George and Edna Penner, his father-in- law, Alan Williams, his eldest brother, Henry Penner, his brother's-in-law John Oddy, John McRae and Paul Paxon, his sister-in-law, Mary Penner and his nephew, Brian Penner.

He is survived by his wife Joy, his sons Yik Wah (Penny) and Yik Man (Carmen), his two grandchildren Noah and Ruthie, his mother-in-law Fay Williams, sister-in-law Gail Penner, his siblings Ruth (Dick), Rudy, Edna, Mary, Linda (Ken), Carol, Della (Sal), Jim (Twylla), Gary (Cecilia), Rick (Cindy) and many nieces and nephews.

A service will be held at Willingdon Church, Burnaby on October 14, 4:00 pm. The live-stream link can be found at on the day.

Rob was passionate about the sojourner, the marginalised, the refugee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

Service Details

Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 14, 2023
4:00 PM
Willingdon Church 4812 Willingdon Ave, Burnaby

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