John “Jack” G. Horner of Elbridge, born to Wilbur and Edna (Cook) Horner on June 23, 1936, in Fulton, NY, passed away unexpectedly in Fairfax, VA, on June 24, 2020, at the age of 84, while returning from Zephyrhills, FL. He leaves behind his loving wife of 58 years, Jeanette (Brown) Horner, and sons John III, Joel (Lori), and Jeffrey (Tina) Horner. Jack is also survived by his sister, Alice Horner, his grandchildren Michael Demascole, Ashley Horner, John Wesley Horner, and Lizzie Horner, step-grandchildren Levi, Carey, and Pauline Backman, Mark and Amanda Pinchak, MacKenzie Burroughs, and Hunter Raymond, along with several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Ronald Brown, sister-in-law Wendy Borayi and out West is his sister-in-law, Laura Horner, and his nieces and nephews Aline (Joseph) Hart, Ned (Cathy) Horner, Lee Horner, and Betsy (Don) Morishita. Jack was predeceased by two daughters, Tania and Donielle “Danielle” Horner, and his brother, Wesley Horner.
Jack grew up in Lysander, and graduated from Baldwinsville Free Academy and Central School in 1953. He attended NYS College for Teachers, Albany, NY, and graduated from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN, in 1959 with a B.A. Degree, and belonged to Delta Tau Delta National Fraternity.
Jack began work at Merchants National Bank of Syracuse in 1959, became the Elbridge Branch Bank Manager in 1966, and he retired as Assistant Vice President from OnBank and Trust Co. of Syracuse, in 1993. In 1994 he became a licensed sales representative with Coldwell Banker All-Bridge Realty.
Jack belonged to many organizations, boards and committees, serving most as President or Chairman, and/or Treasurer. His memberships included: Lamson Grange #588, Pomona, State, and National Grange – a 70-year Member; National Jaycees of Baldwinsville and later in Skaneateles; Jordan-Elbridge Lions Club Charter Member, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award in 1993 and again in 2016, after 50 years of service; Greater Elbridge Chamber of Commerce, receiving Community Service & Special Recognition Awards; Jordan Masonic Lodge #386 F&AM; Boy Scouts of America, Elbridge Troop 52; YMCA Program ‘Y-Indian Guides’; J-E Medical Community Organization that brought doctors to Elbridge; J-E Area Church Board–one of the Founders; J-E Teen Center–one of the Founders; Elbridge Free Library; Elbridge Community Council; Elbridge Gerry Days Committee; Elbridge Country Fair; Village of Elbridge 125th and 150th Anniversary Committees; Jordan Fall Festival starting in 1961; Mahan-Gorham Manor; Maple Grove Cemetery Assoc.; Project ROSE.
Other memberships included: Terpsichorean (dance) Club; Elbridge PTA; Cross Lake/Seneca River Association; Eno Point Campers Assoc. Inc., and the Oaks Royal III Homeowners Assoc., Zephyrhills, FL.
Jack’s government service includes: Village of Elbridge Planning Board appointment in 1972, and Marriage Officer ending 2011; Town of Elbridge Ethics Committee; Town of Elbridge’s Bi-Centennial Committee in 1976; Town of Elbridge appointment to Town Board (1995-97); and Town of Elbridge appointment as Town Historian (1997-2020).
Jack thoroughly enjoyed being Town Historian, and he had great memory recall. After Village of Elbridge Historian Jeanne Schwartz published her books, Jack was inspired and wrote “A Stroll in Jordan, New York (An Erie Canal Village)”, published in 2004. He has worked on the history of the Town of Elbridge’s schools, hoping to print it for the 50th anniversary of the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, which the family hopes to complete for the 60th Anniversary.
Jack loved the Town of Elbridge, where he and his wife have resided for 52 ½ years.
Calling hours will be held at the Jordan United Methodist Church, 63 Elbridge Street, Jordan, NY, on July 6, 2020, from 3 to 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required. Private burial services will be held at Maple Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Jordan United Methodist Church, Elbridge Free Library, Maple Grove Cemetery, or Jordan Masonic Lodge #386.
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