Eleanor Irene Dobbin (née Penney)

April 19, 1937 to November 11, 2019


Died with dignity and great courage after a nineteen year battle with lymphatic cancer. Pre-deceased by parents Alphonsus and Josephine Penney, brother Gordon, sister Shirley, sister-in-law Betty Penney, brother-in-law Paul McCormick and nephew Gary Penney.

Leaving to mourn children Joanne (Brian Sears), Mark (Sandra), David (Karen Ronald), Carolyn (Glen Noseworthy) and Craig (Lisa) and grandchildren Isobel Dobbin-Sears; Megan, Maria and Michael Dobbin; Gillian and Heather Dobbin; Kelly, Christine and Tim Rose, and Jane, Sally, and Elli-Jo Holloway; Zac and Jake Dobbin; and a brand new great-grandchild Oliver. Also left to mourn are brothers Don and George Penney, sister Moira McCormick, and sister-in law Susie Cheeseman, and Aunt Marion Manning. She also left numerous friends and extended family who enriched her life.

Eleanor, or Penney as she was often called, was a remarkable lady, mother, and friend, who we turned to often for her advice and wisdom. She will be greatly missed, and we will remember her as someone who did it her way.

Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to a charity of one’s choice. A Celebration of life will be held at Clovelly Country Club in December 29 from 11:AM – 2:00PM.


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David and Family,
Sad to hear of your Mother’s passing, she was a wonderful person. Would love to be there for the celebration of the great life she had.

Chris , Susan, and Family

Mark and family,
I was sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing.
May you keep the memories close.
Thinking of you.


Mark, Craig, Carolyn, Joanne , David and family
So sorry for your loss
She was a kindhearted, independent
spirit who did not discriminate against hoodlum or hooligan. I will always remember her warm hospitality
and insistent optimism.
You are all in our thoughts at this unfortunate time.
Danny, Carolyn and family

We are very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Dobbin was our neighbour in Burin Bay Arm and we had occasion to visit with her. She was a lovely woman and will be missed.
David and Audra Pitcher

Joanne, Carolyn, Mark, David, Craig & families & Moira.
Although I only knew Mrs. Dobbin for a short period of time, I enjoyed every minute I spent with her. I looked forward to our chats, the black & white films we watched & the stories she shared with me. A true fighter she was…she was proud of every lap she made around the island.
To me she was the perfect example of a beautiful woman with so much love & pride for all her family.
Moira she loved your visits & looked forward to them.
Rest Easy Gentle Woman you have a special place in my heart.
Love Jackie

I only saw Mrs Dobbin on one day in my life. 1972. Craig’s chauffeur brought me to her home in Ottawa. I was a University student from Bell Island. Think it through. A MUN student from Bell Island being whisked around Ottawa in a Mercedes Benz limousine. The chauffeur, in full uniform, brought me to the kitchen in a home like I had never been inside before and there was what appeared to be a maid in uniform standing on one side and another lady scrubbing the floor. The lady scrubbing the floor got up and gave me a warm smile and took off her rubber glove and said “How nice to meet you, I’m Penny”. I think she might have told me she was from Grand Bank but that is murky. Later that evening I was brought back to the home again for a small party. The lady “scrubbing” had morphed into a glamorous hostess. The only thing recognizable? The same glowing smile. Every so often she would gently ease away for this or that and stop at a corner. I asked the chauffeur what “the corner thing” was all about. He said there was an intercom system. He supposed she was checking on her sleeping children. Just two brief meetings? Etched out a delightful memory of what appeared to be an incredibly warm and focused wife and mother. My deepest sympathy to her much loved and cared for children.

So sorry to hear about your mother….may she Rest In Peace …..Ingrid Coultas

Sorry for your loss Joanne ……..may she Rest In Peace. 🕊🕊

Our deepest sympathies.

Deepest sympathy to her family at this difficult time. Your mother was kind, strong, funny and was a wonderful friend to my mother, Mary Neary. The last outing my mother had was to her place for lunch, a day she thoroughly enjoyed. I know how much she loved her family, somewhere in heaven I imagine a class of nurses enjoying a good laugh.

I was saddened to learn of Penney’s passing. She was such a lovely person. May she rest in peace. My thoughts are with you all at this time.

Dear Carolyn, Joanne, Craig, David and Mark,
It was very sad receiving news of your Mom’s passing. We, and all who had the privledge of knowing her, cannot help but grieve at the loss of such a loving, kind and noble lady. She will be dearly missed, yet the thought of her wonderful laugh, will always bring joy to ones heart.
Sincerest Condolences,
Pat & Judi

Sincere sympathies to the Dobbin and Penney families. She was a wonderful mother, strong willed and independent. She would have proud, as a mother, to reflect on a job well done. I hope the positive memories of her time with us, help you through the coming days, as you say good bye.

David, Joanne, Carolyn, Mark, and Craig – My condolences on the loss of your dear Mother. I will always remember her with great fondness. Much love to everyone.

To the Dobbin Family
I was saddened to hear of your Mother’s Passing. She was such a kind and lovely lady. I always enjoyed her company when working with Acura and looked forward to her visits!
Please accept my sincere condolences to you all.
Holly Crocker

To the Dobbin Family
Our deepest sympathies to you All in the loss of your Mom. I have fond memories of her. She was a very very nice Lady.. We know you have many many fond memories of her to help you through this sad time. And each other.

I am so sorry to hear that Penney has left us but she has gone to Heaven.
Penney was a special Mom, Grandmother, Friend and Nurse Her beautiful qualities will live on in the lives of you ,her family
We ,her nursing family ,will always remember her big heart and that beautiful smile.
Rest peacefully,,,our prayers are with you her family.,,we are all blessed to have had her in our lives..

Our deepest sympathy to all members of the Dobbin and Penney families. Mrs Dobbin was a remarkable woman whose legacy continues in the family she leaves behind Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Love Tony and Bernice Batten

To Mark and family, my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother, a very fine lady and role model.

To the Dobbin Family,

Sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. Please
accept our deepest sympathy

Elizabeth/Jean Pierre Andrieux

Don, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your sister. Our hearts and sympathies to the Dobbin and Penny families. Take solace in knowing after 19 years of fighting she is at peace and free from pain and suffering. Richard & Judy Mease

To Carolyn and family,
I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You are in my thoughts. Sending condolences and hugs to you all.

To Caroline and all the Penney and Dobbin families…
We were very saddened to near of the passing of your dear mother. I remember her so well in our years in Burin…..
Our deep sincere condolences to all of you…..RIP my friend..

We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful Mom. Mrs. Dobbin was one of our treasured customers and our Dad always enjoyed their chats when she visited the shop. Knowing Dad, they’re having a grand chat in heaven now. Our condolences to you all, we hope your memories bring you comfort at the difficult time.
Kindest regards,
Joe, Roger, Lisa & Stephen Tulk and staff of Tulk’s Glass and Key Shop

Don and family. We are sorry to hear about your sister Eleanor. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hugs.

I have known Penney for many years and loved her warmth, sense of humour and determination. I met her through my sister-in-law, the late Greta Lush. It was a lively time when they visited with us in Nova Scotia. I spoke to Penney via phone about a week ago and she sounded great, so happy to have had that moment. Sincere sympathy to her family, she always remarked on how lucky she was to have all of you. God Bless!

I am so sorry for your loss. She was amazing woman.

To Moira and the Penney and Dobbin families., deepest condolences.
May the light of your wonderful experiences with her brighten your pathways in the days to come.

To the Dobbin Family
I am so sorry for the loss if your mother. She was a great friend to Mom and Dad and to me. She often said how very proud she was of all her children and grandchildren and how fortunate she was to have you all in her life.

Mark, Sandra and Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences at this very sad time.

Carolynn and Family– I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was a beautiful Lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.

We want to pass on our condolence to the family. Brenda and Bob Picco

To all of the Dobbin family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. Please accept our deepest sympathies, from your friends here in Ireland.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis

To Joanne, Mark, David, Carolyn and Craig,
I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I was very fond of her. She always made me feel welcome in your home in Beaconsfield as we were growing up. Later in St John’s she taught me Newfoundland songs and introduced me to traditional Newfoundland food. She was lovely to me. I also extend my condolences to her grandchildren, especially Isobel whom I know best and hope you will always cherish her memory.

Joanne, Mark, Carolyn and David.

Our condolences on your mom’s passing.. She was a wonderful, kind and generous Lady, and we have wonderful memories of her…

Myra, So sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. Deepest sympathy to you and all the family. God bless


Joanne Please accept heartfelt condolences on the passing of your dear Mother. I am certain she lives on in your heart.
Sharon Fennelly Sinnott Port Kirwan

Mark, sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May she rest in peace and forever in your heart.

Sorry to hear of Eleanor’s passing. Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Our deepest condolences to the family. Sending hugs to all

Craig, Lisa, Zachary and family. Mothers remain with us forever. There is never a moment when your Mother won’t be with you. Look up. She’s always there.

To the Dobbin and Penney Family. So sorry to hear about Eleanor’s passing. She was a very lovely lady and always so kind whenever I would meet her somewhere . My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Hope she is making cakes in heaven
Noel Walsh and Micheal O’Brien

To the Dobbin Family
My deepest sympathy to you on the passing of your Dear Mother . I have fond memories of your Mom and Dad when you moved to Suxxex Place and I became your Baby sitter . She was a lovely Lady with the sweetest smile . My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

Sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear Mother . She was a lovely caring person who was a Friend to all she met . My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this sad time .

Frances Kenny

Our deepest sympathy on the loss of this great lady. Our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Doug & Linda Chant.

To the Dobbin Family – I remember your mother from my days working at Omega Investments. My condolences for your loss.

Heather Taylor

To the Dobbin and Penney family. Please accept my deepest sympathy. She was an inspiration to all who knew her and one of the most caring., loving and kind to everone . Eleanor will be missed.