George Horner was born in Philadelphia on September 13, 1947 to Mary and George Horner. He passed away early Sunday morning at the age of 71, surrounded by his loving family. George was a devoted husband for 47 years of marriage. He was a loving father, PopPop, and GrandPop. He always put everyone else’s needs before his own. His greatest joy was his family, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren, either fishing or just hanging out. He enjoyed trips to Tyler State Park and being out-fished by them, taking them to the gun range to teach them how to shoot, teaching them to use his camera equipment, or just giving them history lessons about their heritage. George loved history, as well as reading and watching videos on many subjects. He could answer most questions, and you didn’t need GPS when he was your co-pilot. Many people wanted him as a plus-one if they ever got on “Jeopardy.” Repairing things -- especially fishing reels, of which he had many -- was one of his passions. He will fondly be remembered by everyone as a highly intelligent, loyal, and caring man with a vast knowledge of many things, earning him the nickname of “Google” by friends and coworkers.
George graduated from Lincoln High School, continuing his education at Philadelphia College of Bible and Reformed Episcopal Seminary. He became a police officer in 1970, working first in the 19th Police District, then the cell room at 8th & Race. After an illness, he transferred to Police Radio, where he dispatched East Band’s 24th, 25th, and 26th Districts. He retired after 37 years of service. His reputation at Police Radio earned him a segment on Channel 10 News when he retired. George always put the safety of the officers on the street first. His dedication earned him many awards, but getting the officers home safe was what he went to work for. His work ethic was amazing, having 100 percent attendance during 95 percent of his employment.
Following his retirement, George went to work for Septa as a Public Safety Communication Specialist, dispatching for their police department. He continued there until September 1, 2018, when he was forced to retire due to poor health. His health declined and he passed early in the morning on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Jeanes Hospital in Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary, and his brother, David. He’s survived by his wife, Diane, son, Eric, and daughter, Tiffanie, as well as his granddaughters, Lillie, Rhiannon, Miranda, Emily, Kelsey, and Morgan, grandsons, Tyler and Michael, and great-granddaughters, Rylan and Norrie.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation