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Hornshaw, Thomas "Bill" William
November 5, 1940 - July 26, 2018
Service:Thursday, August 9, 2018
1:00 pm
A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of the Rocky Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
Notice:  Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care at Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre.


Thomas William Hornshaw (Bill)
November 5 1940 – July 26, 2018
On July 26 our hero & mentor, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin, & reliable friend passed away. Bill was born in La Riviere, MB. & was the youngest of 11 children. When he was 7 years old his father passed away leaving him & a brother & Mom to support themselves in rural Manitoba. These were very challenging times. At a very young age he started working doing odd jobs like cement work, cleaning hoppers & farm chores. He referred to his employers & mentors as the “town fathers”. We also heard of some shenanigans, that he may or may not have been involved in, like breaking school windows & gifting the music teacher with chickens in her piano. In his late teens he went to work for Perth Cleaners driving from Brandon, Manitoba to points west into Saskatchewan. In October 1959 Caroline Francis Ebel of Weyburn came into his life during one of those delivery runs. After approximately 6 weeks of knowing one another they were married on December 5, 1959. She was 16 and he was 19 years of age. The two of them weren’t ready to settle down in one spot right away, so they began traveling & exploring. In June 1961 Terry joined the couple in Weyburn, followed by Greg in May 1962 in Estevan, followed by Brent in July 1965 in Penticton. Along the way Bill worked different jobs in oil & gas in Saskatchewan & Alberta & logging in B.C. After several more moves to Swan Hills, Whitecourt, Fox Creek & Red Deer, they finally settled in Rocky Mountain House in Jan 1971. They called Rocky home. They absolutely loved the mountains & wilderness & all this rural area had to offer. Camping, fishing, quading & horseback riding were introduced to them by the wonderful friends they made here. Bill worked with several different companies in the oil & gas industry, but seemed to keep a good working relationship with all. He was a physically strong man & was a very hardworking, honest & reliable man to employ. He came from a time when nothing was wasted so he was very resourceful. Some may even refer to him as an inventor of sorts. He could figure out or manufacture most anything to make everyday life just a bit easier.
After retirement Bill & Cathy travelled to Alaska, south to the United States & across Canada. Basically anywhere you could drive as Bill did not fly. They loved their truck & camper.
Bill was predeceased by his wife Caroline (Cathy) in March 2009, his son Brent in April 2009, his parents, all his siblings & their spouses.
Bill is survived by daughter Terry & his favorite son-in-law Alan King, by son Greg and Bev Hayashi. Also by grandsons Dallas King (Cherene), Morgan King (Joelle), Graham King (Heather Bouwman), George Hayashi & Tanner Hornshaw. granddaughters Teri Borsa (Jamie), Kiyomi Hayashi & Shayla Hornshaw (David Sumka)
Great grandchildren Scarlett & Oliver King, Anderson & Aria King, Connor & Kinsley Borsa, Jacob & Kaleb Bergen, Kaiya & Morley Hayashi, Grace Hornshaw, Ava & Sarah Hornshaw-Sumka & David Sumka Jr.
Also, survived by in laws Viola Gallinger of Carlyle SK, Jean Lund (Peter) of Griffin SK, Lorne Ebel (Janet) of Weyburn SK & special Aunt & Uncle (in law) Leona & Leonard McElderry of Red Deer AB.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Chapel of the Rocky Funeral Home on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. with lunch to follow at the Rocky Mountain House Legion Branch #8. Cremation entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.
Memorial donations may be made to Palliative Care at Rocky Mountain House Health Care Centre.
Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements.


Ben Visser:
so sorry for your loss. we left Rocky a long time ago, but have fond memories of Bill from our Wilcat days. He was a pleasure to call a friend. RIP
Agnes Timmers:
So very sorry for your loss Terry and family. Bill was definitely one of my favorite people and I have so many great memories of visits with both he and your Mom. xo
George Lewis:
I had worked with Bill in the late 1990's during the construction of Talisman Energy's Chungo Field - His knowledge, work ethic, and humor will be missed.
Wayne & Marilyn Downey and Family:
We are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your families. Bill will be truly missed.
Brenda and Darcy Schultz :
Bill was a great friend and became part of our family over the last few years. He was a close companion of our mom (Paulette). Many hours of crib games were played between the two of them. Wings and Things at the legion was also a regular weekly event. We were lucky enough to spend some quality time with Bill during the holidays and a few camping trips. We will never forget his laugh and great sense of humor. A true gentlemen. He will be in our hearts and thoughts forever.
Dale & Terrie Speight:
Sincere sympathy to your entire family. May your fond memories and caring support of family and friends help you through this sad time. Hugs from Dale & Terrie
Buff Mclellan:
Gaetane and I are very sorry for the loss of a true gentle giant of a man. He was humorous, kind and honest. Although we didn’t see him that often after our hockey careers ended and retirement from the patch was official , every visit was full and memorable. Bill’s family have a lot to be proud of by having Bill in their lives.
Brian Guilfoyle:
Bill was one of the first foreman I ever worked with in the patch, and most likely the strongest by far. He'd do up a piece of pipe with a 12 or 18" pipewrench and we would struggle with a 24" and a snipe to undo it. He was good natured but his strength and silent, even keel always seemed to remind me that I'd never want to see him PO'd. The great laugh and his good sense of humour softened the edge whenever there were issues. I am sorry for all of your loss, take care, Brian.
Susan Hornshaw:
No surprise...I knew him all my life. A man of honour-rate commodity these days. He loved life and loved to laugh. My beloved favourite uncle.
Sam Striker:
So sorry for your loss Terry. My condolences to you and your family and Greg's family.
Richard and Diane Ward:
Sorry to hear of uncle passing. We had a great visit when he went to visit him a few years ago at Rockey. All our sympathy and thinking of you all at this time. The great memories will last forever
Darcy and Debbie Gruntman:
Our sincere condolences to your family. Lots of fun times in our Wildcat days with your Dad and Grandpa.
Janice Armstrong:
So sorry for your loss, remember the good times.

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