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Wentworth "Sonny" Murray Horton

Wednesday, April 13th, 1932 - Sunday, October 13th, 2019
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Obituary

Wentworth Murray “Sonny” Horton, 87, died peacefully with family at his side, at the Villa St. Joseph du Lac, Dayton, NS, on Sunday, October 13, 2019 . Born April 13, 1932, he was the son of the late Wentworth “Murray” and Florence (Miller) Horton. In his early working years, he ran his own dairy farm. Sonny briefly operated a construction company, and was employed as a heavy equipment operator and foreman for various Nova Scotian construction companies. Sonny ended his working career as Superintendent for the Department of Highways, Yarmouth County. Even after his retirement, he was a constant observer, and occasional critic, of the condition of roads and bridges in Yarmouth County. Sonny was a light aircraft pilot, flying since 1951 and was very proud of his vintage Fleet 80 Canuck, which he flew as far as Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with son Kevin. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and Stanley Sport Aviation. He was known to his family as a practical jokester, and regaled his grandchildren with tales of his exploits which occurred in his younger years. He faithfully drove Ford vehicles and his constant companions were various German Shepherds. Sonny built his own home, and could fix anything. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Pauline; son Kevin (Theresa) Horton, Washington, USA; son Ronald Horton, Ontario; and daughter, Natalie Horton (Brian Lyons), Yarmouth County; grandchildren, Stephanie and Christopher Horton; Benjamin, Christian and Sarah Lyons. Also survived by sister Helen Gray of Deerfield. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant brother. Cremation has taken place under the care of Sweeny's Funeral Home and Crematorium, Yarmouth. Memorial donations in Sonny’s memory may be made to Parkinson Canada, or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Sweeny's Funeral Home and and Crematorium, Yarmouth. A memorial service will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. from Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Pennell officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. A reception will follow at the South Ohio Community Hall. Online condolences may be made to sweenysfh@eastlink.ca or you may sign the guestbook online at www.sweenysfuneralhome.net Service can be watched by webcast by following the link http://distantlink.com/sweenys.html
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, October 17th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, October 17th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Sweeny's Funeral Home Chapel
    Address
    567 Main Street
    YARMOUTH, NS B5A 1J6
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    Officiant
    Rev. Larry Pennell
  • Interment

    Location
    a later date
    Address
    567 Main Street
    YARMOUTH, NS
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  • Reception

    Location
    South Ohio Community Center
    Address
    South Ohio
    SOUTH OHIO, NS
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Donations are being accepted for: PARKINSON SOCIETY CANADA/SOCIETE PARKINSON CANADA.

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Jim Ward

Posted at 06:21pm
On behalf of Stanley Sport Aviation we are sadden to hear about Sonny's passing. He was a great person and we will miss him for sure. May his spirit soar as smooth as the fleet 80.

Ashley Cook

Posted at 11:40pm
My fondest memory of Sunny is during my high school days. It was after my grandfather had passed away, I used to walk to the candy store on mainstreet and buy penny candies on my lunch break. Many times I would come out and see Sunny sitting in his truck. I would always go over and share some candy with him before heading back to school. I appreciated the fact that he was simply around. My deepest condolences for your loss and I am sorry I can't be there to support your family in this time. Sincerely, Ashley Cook
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:47pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:47pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:47pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:47pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:47pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:48pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
 

Ashley Cook Posted at 11:48pm

Sorry for misspellings on Sonnys name, my cell auto corrected without my notice.
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Nick Bent

Posted at 05:09pm
My sincere condolences to Polly, Kevin, Ronald and Natalie !! Having know Sonny for my entire life I have so many memories to reflect upon. My plane rides,,launching the float planes,,, snowmobiling,,horses,,going to work with him in Hammond Plains at the Aberdeen Paving shop in the winter time just to name a few. I have you all and your families in my thoughts .
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Louise O'Brien

Posted at 03:08pm
Dear Polly and family - My thoughts are with you all at this sad time. As life passes by one realizes the importance of family and the happy times shared with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I cherish the memories and love our Horton family has had for each other and I share your loss. My Deepest Sympathy and Love to you all. Most Sincerely, Louise
BM

Brian Muise

Posted at 11:06am
My sincere sympathy to Polly and the family. I have many fond memories of the several summers I worked for the Horton's on their dairy farm while Sonny was working for the Highways. His ability to teach someone how to think their way through any situation was something I have carried with me through my whole life. One of my fondest memories was a conversation we had when I made a statement that I was concerned that my friends all had family farms and businesses they would be a part of as adults, did he think I would ever have anything of my own. His simple response was “That is pretty much up to yourself” , that simple statement has stuck by me. I am so thankful I had an opportunity to visit with Sonny during my visit home in september, not sure if he knew who I was or not, but I certainly knew who he was! Thank you for sharing Sonny with me during the years of my youth.

Brian Muise
 
PH

Paulina Horton Posted at 10:34am

Brian, thanks for the note, he did know who you were. I mentioned that Brian had been there, he said,” Brian from way out west”. Polly
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