2017-10-26 / Obituaries

Robert Paul Horne

Robert Paul Horne, 78, of Jamestown, passed away peacefully at his home Oct. 21, 2017.

Bob was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Lila May (Albert) and Berry Horne.

Bob is survived by his wife, Elaine Buchanan whom he recently celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary Oct. 8. He also is survived by his children, Dianna Murphy of Madison, Wisc., Robert L. of Topsham, Maine, Jon K. of Portland, Ore. and Eric M. of Malaga, Spain. Bob is survived by his nine grandchildren, his brother, William H. Horne and his wife, Joan of Willow Tree, Pa.

He was predeceased by his brother Berry H. Horne of Texas.

Bob graduated from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. in 1963, with a BA in foreign affairs. He also completed a year abroad at International People’s College in Elsinore, Denmark and traveled to the USSR, which was rare for an American at that time.

Bob had earned his private pilot’s license at the young age of 16, and he joined the U.S. Navy upon completion of college. He earned his “wings” Nov. 22, 1963 (a date in infamy), and became a U.S. Navy Lt. Aircraft Commander on C-130s. He flew transpacific and transatlantic routes for Military Airlift Command, including many flights in and out of Vietnam. He also was based for two years in Antarctica as a C-130 captain, supporting U.S. Geological Survey research activities and has a glacier in his name, referred to as the “Horne Glacier.”

After the Navy, Bob got a position flying on the Aleyeska Pipeline based in Anchorage, Alaska as a line captain and FAA check airman operating L-382, BE-90, SA- 227, DHC-6 and C-402 equipment in various Part 121 and Part 135 operations. Among Bob’s other aviation experiences, he was Ted Williams’ personal pilot (yes, that Ted Williams) flying him to functions and appointments around the Northeast. Bob also was chief pilot of Precision Airlines based out of Manchester, N.H. and then went on to fly many D-228s across the Atlantic for Dornier North America. He also flew for eight years for Crossair Airlines, based in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland. During those aviation years, Bob accumulated more than 20,125 accident-free flight hours.

He and Elaine finally came home to settle in Jamestown in 2000.

In retirement, Bob completed his 100-ton limited master license. He proceeded to work for the Jamestown Boat Yard, and then for Conanicut Marine as a launch driver and ferry boat captain. Bob fully retired in 2010 and became Elaine’s personal chauffeur dropping her off and picking her up at various airports in the Northeast. He once called himself ‘a go-getter.’ He said “I bring Elaine to work, and then I, (pause) go get her”. (Bob’s humor) Bob also was on the board of The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce for a few years, becoming the chamber’s president at the end of his term.

Let’s not forget the many homes, gardens, pergolas, woodshed and studios Bob designed and built in his spare time. Yes, Bob, you will be missed. May you rest in peace.

Services are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the Fagan-Quinn Funeral Home, 825 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, with a military honors ceremony at 4 p.m. at the Horne residence, followed by a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kindred Hospice, 2374 Post Road, Suite 206, Warwick, RI 02886.

For information and condolences, visit www.FaganQuinnFuneralHome.com.

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