AUGUSTA - Stuart "Toby" Pennels of Casco, Republican candidate for State Senate District 26, passed away lastThursday morning as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on Sunday, August 3 near Rangeley. Pennels served a total of 32 months in combat zones overseas, including Iraq, and recently retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army. In his civilian life, he worked as a financial advisor. Pennels graduated from Windham High School and the University of Massachusetts, and is survived by his wife, Brenda, and their three adult children.
Maine Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau (R-Waldo) issued the following statement.
"We are all heartbroken to learn of the passing of Toby Pennels. He will be remembered as a man whose unselfish dedication to his country and his community knew no bounds. Even after serving his country honorably in Iraq, coming home and running a business, and giving his time to local veterans groups, it was clear to all that Toby still had so much to give. I was thrilled to learn that someone of his caliber was willing to serve his community yet again by running for the state legislature. I am certain he would have been an outstanding senator. At this time, my thoughts and prayers are with Toby’s wife, Brenda and their three children."
Maine Republican Party Chairman Richard Bennett issued the following statement.
"The thoughts and prayers of the entire staff and committee of the Maine Republican Party go out to the Pennels family on this tragic day. Mr. Pennels represented the best that Maine had to offer and hopefully his story will inspire others to live life to the fullest in service to their country and community. His memory reminds us that Mainers are fortunate to have such honorable and vibrant people step up to represent them in our citizen legislature."