Group Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Title: Funeral Booklet for Leo Penha
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Title: Funeral Booklet for Leo Penha
Series Title: Virgin Islands Funeral Memorial Booklets
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Estate of Leo Penha
Institute for Museum and Library Services (National Leadership Grant Award, ND-00026) ( Donor )
Subject: Penha, Leo
Human relations
Funeral rites and ceremonies
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States Virgin Islands
Abstract: The Enid M. Baa Library of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums (DLAM) has acquired an extensive collection of memorial booklets since the early 1970's for U. S. Virgin Islands residents. Booklets are usually more than 10 pages long and give details of the life and family connections of the deceased.
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300344
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of the Virgin Islands
Holding Location: Enid M. Baa Library and Archives, Virgin Islands Department of Libraries, University of the Virgin Islands
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

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Dn Coming memoryry

Ceo Tenha
cfay 22, 1913 anuary 17, 1997

Juneral Service
riday, 3anuary 24, 1997
&iewig: 5:00 6:00 pm
Creue's funeral 9lome
Saturday. january 25, 1997
Tlewin: 10:00 am, Seaice: 11:00 am
Jreerick vanglical Cuteran Church
Officiant: 2astor3 udith Spindt
Ontermaet at Eastern &Moravian Cemetery
t. Thomas, U.S. Virgin islands
Th(ws, V..|

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Eldra Pacheco
Frank Jensen
Otto Pagerlund
Yolanda Penha
Maritza, Deborah, Roberto, Jennifer,
and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends

2lonorar!y Tallbearers
Judge Almeric Christian, David Chinnery,
Austin O. Donovan, Mario Watlington,
Walter Lewis, Keith L. Forbes,
Orinn Arnold, Leroy Arnold,
Harvey Neilsen, Alphonso Rodgers,
Ralph Simmonds, Frank Blackman

T allbearers
Donald Chinnery, Verne C. David,
Winston O Neil, David Charles,
Leayle Battiste, Dennis Richardson,
Lyle Battiste, Robert Ray, Lorne Battiste

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Plaque presented by the Virgin Islands Bar Association on May 12, 1978,
to Leo Penha, Clerk of the District Court of the Virgin Islands
upon his retirement and in appreciation for his outstanding and
dedicated service to the legal profession of the Virgin Islands
from 1937-1978.

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Ceo Penha


Leo Penha, a native son of the Virgin Islands, was born in St. Thomas
on May 22, 1913 and died on January 17, 1997.
Leo was happily married to Alicia Smith, who died in 1994 after
celebrating over 54 years of marital bliss, without offspring. As a result of
a previous relationship, he is survived by four grandchildren: Roberto,
Deborah, Jennifer, Maritza and great-grandchildren.
A product of the Charlotte Amalie High School and International
Correspondence School of Scranton, Pennsylvania, he assiduously im-
proved his education by pursuing correspondence courses from LaSalle
Extension University of Chicago, Illinois, and graduated with a bachelor
of laws degree. He tutored many persons in secretarial courses such as
typing and shorthand.
Leo, as he is affectionately known, was a member of the Frederick
Evangelical Lutheran Congregation and active in several civic and frater-
nal organizations, including Old Unity Lodge, St. Thomas Community
Band under the leadership of Paladon Nicholson, the United States Orga-
nization Federal Court Clerks Association, Rotary Service Corps of
Retired Executives, American Association of Retired Persons, and the
National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
He was a sports enthusiast and participated in the sports of tennis,
baseball, softball and bowling. He was also manager of the Browns AA
Baseball Team, a champion for many years.
His services in the local government began in 1932 in the Department
of Finance, Internal Revenue Office and Lottery Office.
His Federal career began in 1937 when he was appointed clerk-typist in
the District Court of the Virgin Islands by the late Cyril Michael, Clerk of
the Court. He was promoted to Deputy Clerk in 1939 and served under
Cyril Michael and George A. Mena. Advanced to Clerk of the Court by the
Presiding Judge, Walter A. Gordon in 1967, he was retained by Almeric L

Christian when he was appointed judge of the District Court in 1969. He
retired in 1978 after more than four decades of service in the legal
As a Clerk of the District Court he enjoyed the rare privilege of serving
under many outstanding jurists on the District and Appellate levels. Leo
also served as Substitute Clerk of Appeals Court, Third Circuit, when the
court was sitting in the Virgin Islands.
His career in the legal profession has been interesting and rewarding,
and extremely challenging in keeping abreast of the many changes in law
that govern activities in the courts. Exercise of his personal skill and
judgment has contributed immeasurably to the efficient administration of
justice. His friendly, quiet and unassuming assistance to members of the
Bar and the public has been most valuable.
Upon his retirement he was honored at a testimonial luncheon by the
Virgin Islands Bar Association.
May his soul rest in peace.

Order of Service


WORDS OF CONSOLATION ..:.............. Pastor Judith Spindt
HYMN ..................................... Blessed Assurance

SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 23 ............... Mario Watlington
HYMN ....................................... Amazing Grace
SCRIPTURE READING: Revelation 7:9-17 ....... Austin O. Donovan
CHOIR: Jesus Will Walk With Me ............. Missionary Workers
POEM ....................................... Deborah Penha
SOLO: Wind Beneath.My Wings .................. Lorna Freeman
EULOGY ...................... Deborah Penha, Mario Watlington
SOLO: Does Jesus Care ........................ Claudette Tyson
THE HOLY GOSPEL .............................. John 14:1-6
HYMN .................. ................ How Great Thou Art
SERMON ................................ Pastor Judith Spindt


HYM N ......................................... Rock of Ages



"Leo" or "Mr. Penha" is what he was called by most. For us,
his grandson and granddaughters ... it was just "Grandpa."
He was our hero. He will always be very special to us for all his
wonderful ways which made a difference in our lives.
It takes a special kind of man to act in a dual role, one as a
father and a grandfather. He brought us many happy times
from childhood to adulthood. Grandpa inspired us to believe
and achieve to the fullest of our abilities.
If sadness surrounds us, it is because he is not here with us.
But, there is comfort in knowing that he is free, and that he is
whole, and that he is with his loved ones who await him ... in
God's promised land. We love you.
Metzie, Debbie, Jeni, and Tito, your granddaughters and grandson

Leo... During the last few months of your rehabilitation in
Miami you spoke very few words, one of which was "HOME,"
so we brought you home to St. Thomas as you requested. I
know that it was a great feeling for you to be home where you
were happy to see your family and friends once again. We
prayed together every morning and evening. You later said
Good bye and departed from this world. Now, you are truly
"Home," in a place that is the beginning of a fuller and richer
life with our Lord. I will miss you dearly. May you rest in peace.
Yolanda Penha, your daughter-in-law

Leo... We were saddened to learn of your death, but we are
happy that your suffering is over. You fought a good fight and
you have won the race. Now, God has seen it fit to call you
home to your eternal rest with him.
You have always been an integral part of our lives and we
will miss your Sunday visits. We love you, but God loves you
best. Rest in peace my friend.
Florence and David Chinnery

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To the family of Leo Penha ... Our deepest sympathy and
heartfelt condolences on the passing of our godfather and
Leo ... Your love and generosity will live in our heart. May
you rest in peace in the arms of our Lord and savior Jesus
Donald, Maribel, and Elvin Chinnery
Mr. Penha... I really admired the strength you displayed
during the time you were incapacitated. You were a real fighter.
Your are gone, but not forgotten. May you rest in peace.
Christalyn Ralph. your friend

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