Pegeen Brennan

Pegeen Brennan

Pegeen Brennan died peacefully on Sept. 17 at home, surrounded by family. She was 84 years old. Born in Ashcroft, B.C., she was brought up in Ontario, but she returned to B.C., to Fernie, where her father was a coal miner. She received two degrees from UBC. She wrote poetry and novels, and joined the English Department at UBC, where she met her husband, Lee Whitehead. Pegeen and Lee retired to the Okanagan, where she delighted in horses, cats, and wild birds. Pegeen is survived by her husband; son Paul and his wife Lenore; daughter Lael Whitehead, her husband Richard Iredale, and their daughters Lauren (Blake Wilder), Marlies, and Julia; by a great-grandaughter, Kymera Wilder; by her sister Sandra Gabriel, her brother Desmond Brennan; by her foster daughter, Meltem Brennan; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos

From Remuda, by Pegeen Brennan: “Love” (1977)


Do not think love can be coffined

it slips the oak paneling

to course the underground

toward the loved one

Along the way

some crystallizes as quartz

or as coloured gems

some solidifies as silver or gold

Some, like mine for you,

bursts the surface

in joyous streams,

tumbling wild

in diamond cataracts

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