Derek Pennington, 1934 – 2020

I have just learned that a good friend of mine, Derek Pennington, passed away on Jan 17th 2020.  Those of you who once subscribed to Airline Modeller will, I am sure, remember Derek’s excellent model build articles.  The models looked great in the photographs, and I can assure you even better in person.   I remember in particular the 1/48 scale DC-3 he built and finished in the striking yellow Austin Airways scheme.  Derek was an excellent modeller, and a good friend.


The following is the announcement posted in the Toronto Star….

PENNINGTON, DEREK HUGH We will always remember Derek after a life lived with passion, laughter and love. On January 17, 2020, shortly before his 86th birthday, he left Raquel Baranyai, his life partner for the last 34 years, step-daughters, Adriana, Nora and Patricia Baranyai, their spouses, Doug Quinn, Francisco Nogueras and Kevin Conroy and his beloved grandchildren, Oliver and Hailey Conroy. Derek was born in London, England falling in love with aircraft as a young child, which took him to join the Royal Air Force as a “Boy Entrant” at the age of 15. A passion for History and Geography spearheaded the view of his future life, finding further enjoyment in photography and amateur stage theatre. As a new Canadian at the age of 30, pursuing his strongest interests, he got started the International Plastic Modellers Society (IPMS), Toronto Chapter, as its President, actively remaining at the helm for 12 years. He made many friends sharing his love of aircraft with a growing number of enthusiastic modellers. There will not be a funeral service, but IPMS members and friends will host a Celebration of Derek’s Life. The date will be communicated by them accordingly.

Published in the Toronto Star on Jan. 24, 2020

Rest in Peace, Derek!

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1 Response to Derek Pennington, 1934 – 2020

  1. Gerry Cole says:

    Derek was a steadfast modeler in IPMS Region 1 for many years. If we needed a convention panel member, Derek would always volunteer. His love of building vacuforms,especially of civil subjects, was a delight to we more civilized types. RIP my friend. Gerry Cole

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