It is with overwhelming sadness that the family of M. Andrew Horner (Andy) announces his death on Aug. 20, 2017. Andy at 68 was a Jack of most skills in the boating and building worlds, an optimistic problem solver, a fiercely loyal mate, stepfather and grandfather, a helpful friend and neighbor, a friend of Bill W. and a dedicated, active member of organizations in the town of Mount Desert.
He was born on Feb. 24, 1949, in Fayetteville, N.C., to Hermine Elaine Childs and Douglas Trevor Horner. The family moved to New Bern, N.C., where Andy attended grammar school and high school, meeting his lifelong best friend, Haywood May, in fourth grade.
After challenging the tolerance of several North Carolina universities, Andy settled in at and graduated from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, N.C. He began a career in teaching/counseling in Lumberton, N.C., that included civics, physical education, work study counseling and a horticulture project with incarcerated teens. Looking to change things up a bit, he put his carpentry skills to work with a homebuilder in the area. A brief visit to his friend Haywood on Mount Desert Island in 1981 inspired him to make a longer visit, and quickly thereafter a permanent move to Maine and the Island. He found work at Bass Harbor Marine, where he quickly learned the ropes and held a variety of positions. He was employed as a private boat captain and operated Maine Point in Southwest Harbor for a number of years before becoming a broker for Sabre Yachts and eventually accepting a position with Morris Yachts, where he was a broker and sales manager. In recent years, Andy continued his love of sailing and boating by delivering boats and cruising with friends and former clients.
In 1983, Andy met Jackie Bachman, who was working just up the hill from Bass Harbor Marine at the Deck House. Their courtship was unusual in that she had four children, but that didn’t seem to deter Andy. Over the years he embraced them as his own and in 1998, he and Jackie married. As grandchildren entered their world, there was no doubt that he was their hands-on Grampy, or Rookie, as they called him.
Andy belonged to many yachting organizations, but in recent years being an active part of the town he loved was most important to him. He was a proud member of the Mount Desert Fire Department, treasurer of the Northeast Harbor Library Board, dedicated member of the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. As a friend recently remarked, “The town was so important to him and he gave so much of his time and energy to make it a better, safer, more well-read place.”
Andy was predeceased by his parents, his stepson Eric, his sister-in-law Pat and his mother and father-in-law. He is survived by his wife, Jackie; children Bronwyn Kohr and husband, Robert, Jarod Kohr and wife, Nancy, Jason Kohr; adored grandchildren Ethan, Emma, and Elizabeth Kohr; siblings Lynda Baltzell and husband, Brian, Bay Snyder and husband, Bruce, Randolph Horner; niece Laura Horner, nephews Ben Horner, John-David and Nathan Baltzell, and William Snyder; brothers-in-law Oren Bachman, Mike Bachman and wife, Kelly, sister-in-law Sydney Bachman and husband, Michael Barclay; nieces Sarah, Stephanie and Paige Bachman; nephews Peter, Jake and Dustin Bachman. All who knew and loved him will miss his sharp intelligence, quick wit, sense of humor and abiding kindness.
The family invites friends to join them in a celebration of Andy’s life on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. Those wishing to remember Andy in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Northeast Harbor Ambulance Service, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662, the ARK Animal Shelter, Cherryfield, ME 04622, Northeast Harbor Library, Northeast Harbor, ME, or Bar Harbor Food Pantry, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. “May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back…”