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Memorable Manitobans: Richard Fitzgerald “Gerald” Pennefather (1862-1929)

Physician and surgeon.

Born in Tottenham, England on 28 February 1862, son of John Pyne Pennefather, MD and Mary FitzGerald, he was educated at Crewkerne Grammar School (Somerset) before coming with his family to Manitoba in 1880, where they farmed at Norquay. In 1885 he saw service with the 91st Battalion (Winnipeg) under Colonel Smith during the North West Rebellion, serving with as Hospital Sergeant with this unit (Medal and Clasp). In 1892, he graduated with a medical degree from the University of Manitoba and practiced at Holland where he resided for the remainder of his life.

He was married to Helen Scarlet, daughter of Samuel Scarlet of Toronto. During the First World War, he served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CAMC) ini England from 1916 to 1917. He was a member of the Manitoba Medical Association and the AF & AM (Past Worshipful Master of Lodge 63, Past District Deputy of District No. 3). Anglican. Conservative.

He died at Holland on 13 November 1929 and was buried in St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery in Winnipeg.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Dr. G. Pennefather, Holland, succumbs”, Manitoba Free Press, 14 November 1929. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B8]

We thank Mary Louise Ryan, granddaughter of R. F. Pennefather, for providing information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 June 2015

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