It is with heavy hearts and much love we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Gene.
He is survived by the love of his life Lyla, three daughters, Kaeli Hornby of Salmon Arm. Melissa (Jason) Jahn of Kamloops and Angela (Elin) Jahn-Edwards of Kamloops. His parents Calvin and Wilma Hornby of Penticton. Also survived by Brother Philip (Colleen) Hornby, sister Aileen (Laurin) Black of Penticton and sister Shawn (Lorne) Hartford of Prince George. His precious grandchildren, Hannah, Bryton, Justin, Abbi, Freyjah Jaine, Henry and Percy.
Gene was born in Richmond, BC and spent his early years in the beautiful Okanagan Valley biking and dirt biking with all his childhood friends. Gene's passion was volunteering at the Penticton Fire Department for 11 years.
In the mid 90's while living in Prince George Gene met his soulmate Lyla. Their love of dance, seadooing, kayaking, camping, four wheeling and hunting kept them very busy. Gene was a loving, generous, happy go lucky young at heart man who lived life to the fullest. Spending time with family was precious to Gene. He especially loved time with his grandchildren, barbequing with family and friends and enjoying his football and hockey.
His and Lyla's greatest desire was to start planning their next trip to Mexico where they embraced the culture and his love of donkeys.
Gene enjoyed his job at the City of Kamloops and looked forward to spending social time with his work buddies.
The family would like to thank everyone for their words of comfort, well wishes and support at this very difficult time. Respectfully Gene's wishes were to be cremated and laid to rest in Hillside cemetery at a later date. No service by request.
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