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Leigh Kathryn Broomhead ( McMillen ) posted a condolence
Friday, December 28, 2018Dear Debbie and girls , I just finished writing a card to send to you and Al , looked up Sylvan Lane address to find it was sold this past August , then looked up Al to find his obituary . So sorry to find out he has gone home , you must all miss him very much as I do my parents . My brother Kris past away August 2017 after a lengthy battle with cancer . So Tony , Glynis and I are holding the fort so to speak . Al will be swapping stories now with Mom and dad . Think of you all , how are you all doing and do you have an address ? God bless you all and help you through this painful time . Love Leigh , 421-605 Larry Uteck Blvd , Halifax , Nova Scotia B3M OG7 ❤️
Leonard Tedds posted a condolence
Friday, September 14, 2018Dear Debbie and girls I was saddened to hear of Al's death. I remember Al well through his connection with H.M.C.S. Venture and the cadet corp. He made us dream of what we could be and what we ought to be. He was the epitome of the dashing naval officer with a flair for the dramatic, right down to his Commander Whithead- Schwepps Tonic Water ad character- van Dyke beard.. He exemplified what a professional sailor should be; a person committed to duty, honour and service. Shortly after my graduation from Venture, I again met Al. He was then serving as the Flag-Lieutenant to the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific. I was very much impressed with his persona, his appearance, and his style. At that time I thought that if the gods so permitted I should be just like him someday. Well. in the fullness of time, I also became the Flag-Lieutenant to the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific but, I did not quite have Al's panache and presence. My loss. Although I will be away in Croatia and Greece on the 18th of September, I will be with you and Al in spirit in Victoria. Ready Aye Ready LenTedds
Peter & Ciel Watt posted a condolence
Monday, September 3, 2018Dear Debbie and girls. We are so sorry to hear of Al's passing. We start to think of all the wonderful times we spent together with Kilner's trying to decide how to get our MG's running again, in addition to other issues of the day. Al always had a wonderful sense of humour. Peter was also proud to have been a fellow Skipper of HMCS Oriole a number of years after Al. We just wanted you to know we are thinking of you at this time. Unfortunately we will be out of Canada for the remainder of September, so we will be unable to attend Al's funeral. Love Ciel and Peter
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Peter N Bey posted a condolence
Monday, September 3, 2018Dear Debbie, Although I have never met you, please be advised that Al said you would offer me a soup and sandwhich if I ever needed one while I was visiting my wife Liz, at the Jubilee Hospital. Al was very generous. I first met him while on a Venture training familiarization flight at Pat Bay in 1964. Al was the guy with typical naval bearing and appropriate beard and rolly mustache. He was the Briefing Officer that day and impressed us with his new training aid, a slide projector. I recently was able to share a few lunches with Al, all to my benefit. I learned quite a few things about the military from him. He certainly had an involved and interesting life. Please accept our sincere condolences, Peter and Liz
John Dalzell posted a condolence
Sunday, September 2, 2018I first met Al when he took on the task of turning good prairie folk from HMCS UNICORN in Saskatoon into sailors during winter sea training weekends in the Gate Vessels. We then became commanding officers at the same time – he in MALAHAT and me in UNICORN and finally worked together in Coastal Defence. He invariably displayed a sharp wit, thrived on mischief, and was able to find the humour in any circumstance. Al “danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings” and now has “touched the face of God.” Bravo Zulu Old Friend.
Bev Regan posted a condolence
Sunday, September 2, 2018Dear Debbie and girls--my thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time--I will miss Al's unforgettable sense of humour...sincerely Bev Regan
Barry Burgess posted a condolence
Sunday, September 2, 2018Debbie & Family; Patricia & I send our sympathy on the passing of our friend Al. I recall our train trip with Al & several brand new recruits from Toronto in 1954 on our way to join the 1st Venture class. Al had brought his guitar on the trip & led us all in learning a number of sea going songs ( just preparing us all for our promising naval careers - we hoped). May Al rest in peace. - Barry
Valerie MacIntosh posted a condolence
Sunday, September 2, 2018To Debbie , Victoria and Robyn...My thoughts are with you at such a difficult time. I wish you all the joyous times you had together Al was a remarkable man...sincerely Valerie, Shawn and James MacIntosh
Geoff and Peggy Craven posted a condolence
Saturday, September 1, 2018Dear Debbie: We were sorry to hear that Al was ill, and saddened further by his death. We have many happy memories of Al and you and other young couples at VU 33; Harry Beutel and Dan Munro and I with our wives tried to teach you both everything we knew - it didn't take long. May he rest peacefully with all our departed naval friends. Love - Peggy and Geoff
Eleanor Creighton posted a condolence
Wednesday, August 29, 2018Commander Horner was my first Commanding Officer when I joined the Naval Reserves in 1982; however I have known Al and Debbie since I started school at Norfolk House in 1970. I remember Al for his love of Mini Cars and when I was in in a pinch for a ride to and from parade nights Al was willing to pick me up and ensured I made it there. I also remember Al for his sense of humour and he always had a joke or pun to tell. While I was attending Camosun College from 1983 to 1985 I delivered the Colonist and then the Times Colonist to Al and Debbie and when it came time to collect for the paper they always took the time to have a chat. As a child I remember Al and Debbie, Mum and Dad, and Gerry and Wendy Underhill going to various events. Finally my condolences to Debbie, Victoria, and Robyn on the loss of a husband and father.
Arnie Campbell posted a condolence
Tuesday, August 28, 2018Well you learn something every day! Never knew that his name was Albert. Always Al (or sir) to myself and many others who knew and respected him during out time in the Naval Reserve. Memories: many. I still have the Pig Boat Driver scarf he gave me in the 1970's. Arnie Campbell
Hugues Létourneau posted a condolence
Monday, August 27, 2018Al Horner stood up for me in 1972 when I was an officer cadet. I was a bit of a troublemaker, and would have been flung from the Naval Reserve if not for him, who saw something in me I was too young and immature to see myself. I had a successful career in the Navy afterwards, a career I wouldn't have had if not for him. When I left command of my naval reserve division in 1995, I wrote to him to thank him. His reply was extremely kind and gracious.Throughout my career, I almost always gave people a second chance, and as said to him, he was beside me in spirit every time I did so. I owe him a debt I can never repay. Rest in peace, Sir.
Surgeon Commander (Ret.d) Ian Buckingham posted a condolence
Monday, August 27, 2018So sorry to hear of Al's passing. I always admired his leadership & friendship. It was men like Al who inspired me to join the Regular Force Navy. However, I am very pleased to have known Him. Blessings on the family.
Stanley W Brygadyr posted a condolence
Sunday, August 26, 2018Regret that colleague & Sqn mate of the 1960's in VS-880 has"Entered The Delta" much before his time should be up. He served with zeal and panache as a Navy Carrier Pilot and then years with Naval Reserves as a Senior Officer. He did his duty well!
Christine Kinghorn posted a condolence
Sunday, August 26, 2018Dear Debbie & family Shocked & saddened to read of Al's passing. I have good memories of my 2 years as your neighbour on Sylvan Lane. And Al giving me advice on the cleaning of a vintage piece of furniture I'd bought. He was very skilled at his wood working. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sympathy to all of you Christine (Kinghorn)
Susanna Crofton posted a condolence
Sunday, August 26, 2018Victoria, I send my sincere condolences to you and your family. My childhood memories of your father include his most spectacular moustache! Sincerely, Susanna
Steen Jessen posted a condolence
Sunday, August 26, 2018Am deeply saddened to learn of Al's passing. We knew each other since the summer of 1964 when he gave me a 'lift' in his Tracker form Pat Bay to NAS Whidbey Island which was the first leg of my summer trip to New York. We were later Captains at the same time - he in HMCS Oriole and I in HMCS Fundy and we shared many laughs together. For the past 25 years we were 'almost' next door neighbours and met often. He will be missed!! Condolences to Deb and the family. Steen Jessen, Captain RCN (Ret'd)
Gerald Pash posted a condolence
Sunday, August 26, 2018Al was a special person. He stood out and was always supportive. Best regards to all those close
Michael and Sharon Roberts posted a condolence
Saturday, August 25, 2018We were saddened to learn of Al's passing. We have many happy memories of times shared with him and Debbie at Government House events. His service over many years as an Honorary Aide de Camp was exemplary and greatly appreciated by the Lieutenant Governors and by Private Secretaries Dixon and Roberts, the latter particularly enjoying Al's sense of humour. Our most sincere condolences to Debbie and her daughters of whom Al was so proud. At the going down of the sun, we will remember him. Michael and Sharon Roberts
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