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HORNER, R. Byron

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

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.

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  1. Catherine Milligan, Bill Shupe and family :

    Dear Karen, Jeff and girls and all of the Horner family, Bill and I were so sorry to hear about Byron’s passing, and just two days following my own Dad’s death. Karen, we were both very fortunate to have larger than life fathers and great relationships with them where little was left unsaid. Our love to all and we will be thinking of you as you celebrate Byron’s life, while here in Regina, we celebrate my Dad’s. See you in July. Love, Catherine, Bill, Brittany and Liam

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  2. Mary Pappas :

    Karen, Elliot and family. My heartfelt condolences to you on the death of your father. He was a man of great accomplishment and he passed that on to you both. May your memories of his life bring you comfort.

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  3. Dennis Hart :

    My sincere condolences to Karen, Jeff and the extended Horner family.
    Byron was a lot of things……. enthusiastic, entertaining, insightful and energetic. He was fun to be with. His opinions were usually strongly held , freely given and well defended. He was an animated conversationalist and could light up a room with his wit and humor.
    He was a great friend and I’ll remember him fondly.
    Regrettably, I’ll be unable to be at the service this weekend, but I’ll be thinking of my old friend.

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  4. Gerry Gerrand :

    Dear Elliott and Karen,

    A week ago I made flight arrangements to go to Calgary to visit Byron. I wanted to make a visit while he was still alive. I had a ticket to fly the morning of Tuesday, June 10. Gerry Saunders phoned me Monday July 9 to tell me of Byron’s death.

    Please accept my sincerest condolences. Byron will be missed by many people. I have known him a long time and we had a lot of fun over many years. I am saddened by his death and my failure to visit with him one last time.


    Gerry Gerrand

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  5. So very sorry to hear of Byron’s passing. I served on the Regina Public School Board with Byron. He was fair in his decisions and always put children first. We certainly missed him when he left to accept a position in Ottawa. He was also fun and had a good sense of humour.
    Mary Hicks

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  6. Isobel and Daryl Birnie :

    Elliot and all the family–sincere condolences on Byron’s passing. I shared many laughs and stories with him at Canyon Meadows over the last several years. He was a good friend and certainly will be missed.

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  7. Garfield Anderson :

    Dear Karen and Family

    I was saddened to learn of your father’s passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Although my association with your father was recent and limited, it was obvious that he had a wonderful personality and was indeed, a character. I know his passing leaves a void in your life and that of your family; however. your happy memories of him over time will help in the healing process.


    Garfield Anderson

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  8. Rev. Dr. Donald W. Laing :

    I was saddened for the family of R. Byron Horner on reading his death notice in today’s Globe and Mail. From 1958 to 1961 I was the United Church minister in Blaine Lake, SK, ministering to his father, Senator Ralph Byron Horner, and to his brother Norval Horner, and other connected Blaine Lake Horner families. Your father and grandfather lived a rich and full life, giving Saskatchewan law and education so much of his time and energy. Following the death of my Saskatchewan wife, Margaret, I am now married again and living in Toronto. Blessings on you all!

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  9. John and Miriam Farnsworth :

    We are so very sorry to hear of Byron’s passing. We cherish the wonderful trips and vacations we shared with our dear Gwen and Byron. Byron was great company who provided us with interesting stories and many laughs. We shall miss him.
    With love,
    John and Miriam Farnsworth

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  10. Paddy and Stuart Smith :

    Dear Karen, Elliott and family,
    We are dismayed to learn in today’s Globe of Byron’s passing. A gentleman and gentle man, he radiated love and kindness in all our times together. To our very dear and recently deceased Gwenyth, he brought sunshine and warmth into her life and brought her decades of happiness. We will miss our political chats which we always enjoyed whenever we were together.

    You have our deepest sympathy at this loss. Please pass on to all the family our sincere condolences.

    Love, Paddy & Stuart

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  11. Ernie & Rikki Richardson :

    Karen, Elliott & families:
    We were sorry to hear of Byron’s passing. We enjoyed many nice visits with Byron and Gwen. Byron and Ernie enjoyed talking up a storm about golf games, stocks and anything that came to mind. Some good laughs were had.
    Our sincere condolences.

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  12. Derek Martin :

    Elliott, Karen and Families

    I wish to express my condolences for your father’s passing. Our meetings at the bridge table were always good opportunities for a lively discussion.

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  13. Dear Karen, Elliott, Kathleen, Bennett and families,
    I was surprised and saddened to hear of Byron’s death. We have wonderful memories of happy times with Byron over many years at our cottage in Norway Bay, Byron’s home in Ottawa, and more recently in Calgary when my husband and I visited him and Gwen. Byron was a favourite among my mother’s many cousins… jovial, entertaining and always primed for a heated political discussion with family. I remember particularly how he loved to encourage my mother Mayfred’s indignation with some outrageous political prediction or other. We will miss him and remember him fondly.

    Susan and Donald Dods

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  14. paul turner :

    I have many good memories of your Father at U.of S.& later, we kept in touch till last year.
    my thoughts and best wishes go out to you.

    Paul Turner

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  15. Mona Butler :

    My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Byron Horner. I was very sorry to hear of his passing. I worked for him as a Member of the National Energy Board for 14 years and enjoyed his sense of humour and his kind and generous nature.

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  16. Ingrid Reynolds :

    Our parents (Lorne and Anna Pearce) were good friends as young people in Regina .. they had such fun together. Our Mom died in October 2014 – it is sad to see this generation pass. I have some wonderful childhood memories, and remember you all with fondness.

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