A WELL respected businessman who loved his town and lived his life to the full has died.
Mr Don Horne, of Ightenhill Park Lane, died on Wednesday, February 20th, just a month after celebrating his 80th birthday.
He ran Don Horne and Sons Painting Contractors Ltd for 55 years before retiring at the age of 72.
His wife Bernice, who he was married to for 48 years, said he was a wonderful man who loved to work and always liked to be kept busy.
“He was very well-known around Burnley,” she said. Any of the big contracts – the football club, hospitals, schools, any of the old factories – they were all done through him. He loved working and he helped a lot of young lads out, lads who were struggling to find work, He would always try and find them something to do.
“He wasn’t one to sit at home and do nothing. He always liked to be out and about. He was very sociable.”
An avid Clarets fan, Mr Horne’s last game was the Boxing Day clash against Derby County at Turf Moor. “It was a fabulous day and he really enjoyed it,” said Mrs Horne. “He loved going to the football and was such a huge Burnley fan. He was a mad sportsman but he really loved the football club.”
Despite his love of Burnley, Mr Horne also enjoyed spending time abroad according to his wife.
“He really enjoyed going abroad and we have a lot of happy memories. We spent a lot of our retirement in Tenerife. He loved his time there, he was a real sun-worshipper.”
His daughter Nicola said a lot of people would miss a man who would do anything for anyone.
“He was quite deep and a good listener but he knew how to have a laugh. He would always say it how he saw it but there was nobody who had a bad word to say about him. He got on with everyone.”
Mr Horne leaves his wife Bernice, his children Nicola, Craig and Lee and grandsons Harry and Alfie. His funeral will take place on Friday at Burnley Crematorium from 11-15am.