James R. Horner

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VASSALBORO - James R. Horner, 95, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Dec. 26, 2018. He was born Sept. 20, 1923 in Manchester, N.H., the son of James R. Horner Jr. and Helen (Anthony) Horner.

Jim grew up in Ohio and New Hampshire, graduating from Concord High School in 1941. After a year at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Jim enlisted in WWII where he was Navy Midshipman (Quartermaster 1st Class) on the USS Wenatchee as part of the Third Fleet in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

He returned and finished college in Business Administration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim married Barbara (Nedeau) Horner, his wife of 70 years, in 1948. He was a private school administrator for over 35 years, working at St. Paul School in Concord N.H., Western Reserve Academy in Hudson Ohio, Hinckley School in Hinckley, and finally retiring in 1988 from Durham Academy in Durham N.C. His dedication to the education of youth was deep. He was a loyal Rotarian with perfect attendance for 30 years, and a Master Mason at the Blazing Star Eureka Masonic Lodge #11 in Concord N.H.

Jim enjoyed travelling, attending college football and basketball games, summer vacations on the lakes of Maine and New Hampshire, and golfing at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro when he retired. He was an exercise enthusiast, swimmer, and jogger long before it became popular. He liked to share jokes and was friendly to all who crossed his path.

He was survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Stewart and his wife, Cindy, of Waterville; and daughter, Peggy and her husband, Ted May, of Columbia Mo.; granddaughter, Heather Provost and her husband, Lucas of Albion, and grandson Travis Horner and friend, Josh Rideout, of Portland; great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Ryder, and Miles Provost; his sister, Ann Melvin, of Barrington N.H. and sister-in-law, Suzanne Horner of North Port, Fla.; and six nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, William (Bill) Horner, of Portland and brother, Robert (Bob) Horner, of North Port, Fla.

The family would like to thank Holly Pilsbury for caring for Jim the last three years, the many exceptional neighbors and friends who checked in on Dad, and for Northern Lights Hospice for their support of Dad's final journey.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 19, 2019, at the Vassalboro United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. An online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories may be expressed at www.gallantfh.com.

Those who wish, may honor Jim's life by making a gift in his memory to the

Vassalboro United

Methodist Church,

614 Main St.,

Vassalboro, ME 04989

or the

Vassalboro Food Pantry,

26 Ferland Lane,

Vassalboro, ME 04989.

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Gallant Funeral Home, Inc.
10 Elm St.
Waterville, ME 04901
207-873-3393
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Published in Central Maine on Jan. 6, 2019
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