MGen // Mgén Keith G. Penney, CMM, CD (Ret’d)

    • MGen Keith G. Penney, CMM, CD (Ret’d)
    • MGen Keith G. Penney, CMM, CD (Ret’d)

    We regret to advise of the death of Major-General Keith G. Penney, CMM (Ret’d) in Ottawa ON on 5 October 2022 at age 75 after complications from Parkinson's. Major-General Penney was the Senior Serving Canadian Military Engineer for the decade 1993 – 2003.

    Born in 1947 in Montréal, Québec, Major-General Penney joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1967 while in University. Graduating from McGill in 1968 with a Science Degree, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the RCAF. Major-General Penney began pilot training 1969 but soon changed his occupation to TECH-CE. Major-General Penney completed this training at the Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering and was subsequently posted to the Construction Engineering Section in Summerside PE. This was the start of an extensive career in Construction Engineering as a Canadian Military Engineering Officer. His postings included, among others, Station Construction Engineering Officer at Canadian Forces Station Dana SK, Base Construction Engineering Officer in Gagetown NB, Base Technical Services Officer at Canadian Forces Base Shearwater NS, Senior Staff Officer Works in Maritime Command Headquarters and Command Engineer for Air Command.

    Major-General Penney served in National Defence Headquarters as Director Military Engineering Operations and Director General Infrastructure.  He had extensive experience in leading renewal initiatives in the field of defence infrastructure maintenance and construction.  Prior to his last appointment to Chief Review Services in 1996, Major-General Penney was on special assignment to the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in the role of Chief Management Renewal Services. Major-General Penney retired in 2003.

    Some of the accomplishments of his career included being Chairman of the Shearwater International Air Show, creation of the Airfield Engineering Squadrons and the RCAF Readiness Challenge Competition Team, implementing the Defence Ethics Program. Over the many postings across Canada the Penney Clan was always very involved in their adopted community. As a father he volunteered for all his children’s activities: hockey dad, Scouts dad, dancing dad, swimming dad, band dad, and much more.

    Family and friends are invited to a visitation at Beechwood, Funeral, Cemetery and Cremation Services (280 Beechwood Ave.) on Saturday, 22 October 2022 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by a memorial service and interment in the National Military Cemetery of Canada.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Parkinson Canada. Online condolences can be sent to Beechwood