The life of a “great man” and “servant of God” was celebrated today (Wednesday) at a place where he spent the best years of his life as an Anglican Pastor.
Padre Sid Horne was remembered for his warmth, humour and dedication at a service at Christ Church, Royal Chapel of the Mohawk, near Deseronto.
Padre Sid, as he was known, died early this month in his 93rd year at his home in Trenton.
Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, R. Don Maracle said Father Sid was loved by the people of the Tyendinaga Territory.
Not only was he named the Chaplain to the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, but he was given the highest honour possible by the First Nation, a Mohawk name.
Padre Horne was named “RA WEN NEN HA WE”, which translates to “The Carrier of the Word”.
Chief Maracle said the Padre leaves behind a rich legacy and wonderful memories for the people of the church and the Territory.
Also speaking was The Very Reverend James (Jim) McShane, Dean of Algoma.
He had known and worked with Padre Sid for 10 years, saying he’d been very encouraging to him when, as a young Pastor, he was transferred to St. George’s Anglican in Trenton years ago.
Reverend McShane said the Padre “radiated his faith all of his life” and did so with a remarkable sense of humour.
Saying that Padre Horne led a “life of sacrifice”, the Reverend got a big laugh from the congregation by adding “he always stressed the sacrifices he made for his family. For example, he made sure to always eat exactly two Brussels sprouts in front of the family every Christmas”.
Of course, the Padre served many years at CFB Trenton and Reverend McShane said one military man told him in a casual conversation that Sid was the best Pastor he’d ever known.
Near the end of the service, Lt. Col. (retired) Skip Simpson of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment told the congregation that according to regimental tradition, a member never passes away, but is instead “transferred to the White Battalion of the Regiment.” As part of that tradition he laid a single poppy on Padre Horne’s urn.
Everybody’s Padre will rest at St. George’s Cemetery in Trenton.