The Rev. Dr. George J.W. Pennington died on January 10, 2012. He was 86
years old. Rev. Dr. Pennington
was born in Salem, MA, on November 20, 1925 to George F. and
Vera G. Pennington. Rev. Pennington attained his Bachelor of Arts, Master of
Arts, Master of Sacred Theology, and Doctor of Divinity degrees from Tufts University
and Tufts University Crane School of Theology.
He served at the Universalist Church
in Wakefield, MA, after being ordained there in 1947. He
was also called to serve First Parish Church
of Assinippi, MA (Norwell),
the First Unitarian Society of Arlington, MA (now First Parish
Church in Arlington), White Memorial Universalist Church of Concord,
NH, Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, MA, and Unitarian
Universalist Congregation at Montclair,
NJ. He retired from parish
ministry in 1982. Dr. Pennington continued on as a pastoral counselor with
Unitarian Universalist Counseling and Educational Service of New Jersey Area Council. He was also a
licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in West
Orange, NJ and White Plains, NY.
served on numerous boards and organizations over the years. From 1962 to 1969,
while serving the Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield, he was
an active leader in the Civil Rights and peace movements. More recently,
following his return to the Western MA area, he volunteered at Baystate Medical
Center cuddling babies and also spent
his time serving on the Board of Directors of the Council on Aging in Longmeadow, MA.
Rev. Dr. Pennington
is survived by Marjorie Pennington of East Longmeadow, MA; his son, Scot L.
Pennington and his wife Joyce of Concord, NH; his son, Bruce A. Pennington of
East Longmeadow, MA; his daughter, Joy Pennington of Brewster, MA; and his
grandchildren, Samuel Pennington of Concord, NH; Audrey Greenwood of Concord,
NH; and Jessica Gomes and her husband Brandon of South Yarmouth, MA; and
great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Connor Greenwood and Gavin and Ryder Gomes.
He also leaves his partner, Marjorie Morgan of Longmeadow, MA;
and her grandchildren, Julien Gehrt and Sierra Hart of Northampton, MA.
Rev. Pennington was
predeceased by his wife, the Rev. Shannon Bernard; and his brother, Donald
A memorial service
for Re. Dr. Pennington will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of
Greater Springfield, 245 Porter
Lake Drive, Springfield, MA on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 11:00
Donations in Rev.
Pennington’s memory may be made to Community
468 Rosedale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605; Unitarian Universalist
Society, 245 Porter Lake Drive,
01106; or Baystate
VNA and Hospice, Box 9058,
wrote, "I would not want to live out my life defending bridges, fighting
assailants, real or imagined, or climbing every mountain. Yet, I do wish to
experience myself clearly in my thinking, unmistakably in my feelings,
committed to an identifiable process of worth beyond myself that nurtures and