In Memory

Susan Horner

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04/19/16 10:52 AM #9    

Richard Horner

04/19/16 11:09 AM #10    

Terry Van Druff (Lynde)

Thank you for sharing these memories of Susan. I did not know her in our school days, but sorry for your loss.

04/19/16 11:36 AM #11    

Adrienne Gammon (Champagne)

I did not know Susan either, but she looked like she enjoyed her life to the fullest. Another beautiful person taken far too soon. My condolences on your loss.




04/19/16 03:57 PM #12    

Merrilee Miller

Sorry for your loss.  I too have a photo like that with Santa Claus, when I was three years old:  I was in the midst of pulling Santa's beard to see if it was real when they took the picture.  I never did find out that year if Santa or the beard was real.

04/20/16 04:02 PM #13    

Jill Kirchner (Messenger)

Thank you for posting the lovely photos of Susan, Richard. It looks like she led a very interesting life.  Susan and I were good friends when we were 14 or 15, and ardent Beatles fans.  I remember meeting Susan very early one morning and walking to the movie theatre in Ambleside to be among the first in line to see "A Hard Day's Night".  I am sorry she is not with us anymore, and offer you my condolences.


04/25/16 04:36 PM #14    

Jill Swann (Swann-Lussier)

Hi Richard,  thank you for sharing photos of Susan.  It looks like she experienced many different cultures and lead a fulfilling life.  I hope all is well with you too.


04/26/16 01:22 PM #15    

Richard Horner

I thought I'd add a bit of "commentary" behind the various pictures posted of Susan.  She truly led an amazing life living and travelling throughout the world after leaving high school.

Shortly after marriage, Susan and her husband Burt spent many months travelling via Land Rover throughout Eurupe and spent six months crossing Africa to Kenya.  They traversed the Sahara, cooked meals for passing Tuareg nomads, caught German measles in Nigeria and enjoyed the people and sites of the Cameroons and the Central African Republic.  In Tanzania they found themselves in the western Serengetti Park where, at dawn, were in the midst of a wildebeest migration with 1000s of these animals travelling from horizon to horizon.  They particularly enjoyed the game parks of East Africa.  They ended their travels in Nairobi and headed to Chicago.

While in Chicago Susan went to school part time and worked as a "docent" for the King Tut exhibit at the world famous Oriental Museum of the University of Chicago.  Before moving to Massachusetts they went to Casablanca, Morocco and travelled across the Sahara of Algeria and Mali to Gao and Timbuktu and Djenne.  From there they took a three day train trip - sitting on the floor next to a muslim holy man for protection against gun toting gangs - ending in Dakar in Senegal where they spent many weeks.  They returned to the States where Susan obtained her BSc degree in computer science at Princeton.

They spent a year living in Geneva, Switzerland in the early '90's and travelled to Singapore and all through Indonesia.

Of all their travels Susan loved Africa the best.  Susan passed away in Vancouver on June 5, 1994 of a subdural hematoma.


04/27/16 08:00 AM #16    

Alice Kyle (Friend)

WOW  what a life of adventure and generosity of spirit.

Bless her soul. 

04/27/16 08:10 AM #17    

Cameron Louis

Richard, thank you so much for sharing your memories of your sister, some of which must be painful to you.  It sounds as if Susan's life, although short, was very rich and full of adventure.  I did not know Susan well, but I do recall her spirited and courageous defense of the Beatles in class one day, after a stuffy Geography teacher launched a gratuitous attack on them.  So sad that we will not be seeing her at the Reunion.



04/27/16 09:53 AM #18    

Ann Gerson

I remember Susan well. We were good friends in high school, and I always wished I could be as brave in rebellion as she was. 

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