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Percy Robson (Roger) Hornby, 95, of Hobe Sound, Fla., passed away peacefully from this life on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1917 in New Brighton, Pa. to Dora Isabel Hardy and Percy Hornby.
Having graduated from high school in New Brighton, he later became a flight instructor in the Navy and Marine Corp Aviation during World War II. His love for flying and concern for the young men he trained continued throughout his life. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Percy enjoyed auto races, photography, fishing and camping trips with his family in the mountains of New York and Pennsylvania. His children learned how to enjoy camping, regardless of where they were or what season it was. He owned an auto parts store in Wellsville, N.Y. He then owned the NAPA Auto Parts store on Main Street in Westfield for 12 years. After moving to Florida in 1965, Percy was a licensed realtor in West Palm Beach, Marathon Key and Hobe Sound.
On Sept. 22, 1951 he married, and is survived by, Arloine Emilie (Tish) Stebbins of Whitesville, N.Y. They have three children, Lucinda H. Cantrell (Frank), Simpsonville, S.C.; James R. Hornby (Sally), England; and Mary H. Beatty (Mark), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He also has a daughter, Ruthanne Fridley (John W.), living in Towanda, Pa., from his first marriage. God has blessed him with 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Percy is predeceased by his younger brothers, Roland Hornby of Newport Beach, Calif. and Richard H. Hornby of Fallon, Nev.
At the age of 95, Percy's life was full with many fond memories and people who loved him dearly. He had just one regret and that was to fly again. Our Lord has taken Percy home and provided him a heaven in which to soar.
Services will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Hills Funeral Homes, Palm City Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kans., 66675, or online:, in Percy's memory.
Published in The Wellsboro Gazette from Jan. 3 to Jan. 15, 2013
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