June 29, 1929 – June 9, 2014
Byron Horner passed quietly and peacefully in Calgary in the presence of his family early on June 9, 2014 at the age of 84.
A loving, and very proud father of three children and five grandchildren, he was predeceased by his wife Patricia in 1979 his wife Gwenyth in October of 2013, and his son Bennett in 1988.
He is survived by his son Elliott Horner (Kendra James), his daughter Karen Horner (Jeff Parry), grandsons Byron, Oliver and Keaton Horner and granddaughters Erin and Anna Parry all of Calgary.
Byron lived a full and happy life surrounded by the people he loved. He came from a large family of nine born to Ralph Byron Horner, Senator and rancher/farmer in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University Of Saskatchewan College Of Law in 1953 and after articling in Saskatoon to Murray McIntyre, he practised law for two years in Blaine Lake. He then took a position with British American Oil in Regina in 1956 where he moved his family, including his wife Patricia, whom he married in 1951 in Moose Jaw, SK and his son Elliott, then two years of age. In 1965 he accepted the first of several provincial government positions, when he became the Official Guardian for the Province of Saskatchewan, followed by Chairman of the Securities Commission in 1967.
He was a member of the Regina School Board from 1974-1979 and its Chair in 1978. He was also President of the Saskatchewan School Trustee Association in 1978. In May of 1979 he accepted a position to the National Energy Board in Ottawa. He remained a member of the National Energy Board until his retirement in 1993 having served two 7 year terms. He married Denise Belisle in 1981, whom he divorced in 1989, just in time to meet the love of his life, Gwenyth Carswell whom he married in 1990. In retirement he served as a member of the Senate for the University of Calgary from 1995 to 1998 and consulted to various energy companies in Calgary. Byron enjoyed much personal success, the love and respect of his family, friends and his community. He was a fierce sports competitor but a gentle giant out of the ring. He loved to laugh, occasionally at himself, and loved to tell stories. He and they will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Byron’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, June 14, at 11:00 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Byron Horner, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences