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Pennefather, Lancelot Maurice

Male 1894 - 1982  (88 years)

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  • Name Pennefather, Lancelot Maurice 
    Born 27 Jan 1894  Malacca Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Attribute S020 
    Newspaper Article 3 Mar 1979  The Straits Times Find all individuals with events at this location 
    "Diamond Anniversary" 
    • Singapore's legendaryn sports couple, the Pennefathers, celebrated teir 60th year of happy marriage on Thursdat.
      Their diamond anniversary celebration at the family home in Punggol was attended by some 130 relatives and friends.
      retired accountant, Mr Lancelot Pennefather, 85, represented Singapore in the Malayan Cup Soccer Series in the 1920s.
      He hung his boots in 1928 after he met with an accident which caused him a leg injury.
      His wife Alice 76, and still going strong as a section head in Shaw Rentals, proved an equal match for her husband.
      Watching him excel in sports, she worked with equal determination and with his coaching, began carving for herself a name in tennis and badminton in the 1930s.
      She was the first Singapore Women's Badminton champion in 1931, the next year and in 1934. From 1935 to 1938, she was the state tennis champion.
      The couple met in 1918 through a friend and in the words of Mrs Pennefather, "the courtship was short" as they got married the following year when she was 16 and he 25.
      The secret of their successful marriage that brought them two sons, Ashton and Percy, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren?
      "Love, tolerance and understanding," Mrs Pennefather said.
      "Of course there were arguments between us but they were dissolved in the spirit of mutual respect and give and take"
      Her advise to young married women?
      "Give in to your husband even if he's wrong or you're angry. You'll find life more pleasant."
    ONS ID S020 
    Died 22 Jun 1982  Singapore Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I858  Pennyfather
    Last Modified 2 Mar 2014 

    Father Pennefather, John Pyne,   b. 5 Sep 1858,   d. 25 Feb 1940  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother de Souza, Anne Catherine 
    Married 17 May 1881 
    Family ID F216  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Patterson, Alice 
    Last Modified 12 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F584  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

  • Sources 
    1. [S771] S20 - Death - The Straits Times, 23 June 1982, Page 32.

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