STURBRIDGE — Francis W. Horn, 91, of Leadmine Road, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in his home after an illness.
His wife, Violet Rose (Alderman) Horn, passed away in 1998. He leaves his two sons, Michael J. Horn and his wife Ann of Sturbridge and Stephen R. Horn and his wife Nancy of Merrimack, NH; his three daughters, Susan D. Auger and her husband Darryl of Garner, NC, Christine A. Horn and her partner Sarah Rury of Northfield, and Donna M. Horn of Wendell; his sister Margie Nittoli of Rindge, NY; his seven grandchildren, Jennifer Horn, Ashely McCray, Jacob McCray, Christopher Horn, Catherine Horn, Stephanie Horn and Hannah Auger; and his three great grandchildren, Paris, Gwyneth and Graham. He was born in Flushing, NY, the youngest of ten children of Harold W. and Mary F. (Oliew) Horn. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.
Francis had a long and successful career as a talented machinist. He started working as a machinist for American Airlines and worked for several other companies before coming to work as a plant supervisor for Brimfield Precision, Inc. in Brimfield in 1969. After working for Brimfield Precision for many years he went on to start his own machinist business, FW Horn Company and worked up until this past year due to illness. Francis also taught Machining at Springfield Technical Community College. He was a skilled craftsman and could reproduce parts for almost anything. He was a talented radio controlled model airplane builder and enthusiast. He had a pilots license and enjoyed flying Piper Cubs. He was also a talented photographer and had his own darkroom and was a talented drawer.
Calling hours for Francis will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7th, from 2:00 to 4:00pm in the Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge. A graveside service in St. Anne’s Cemetery, Sturbridge, will be private.