Harry James Horne, age 96, of Murfreesboro, died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home. Mr. Horne was a native of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a son of the late Bernard J. and Rose Burke Horne. He was also preceded in death by a son, Bernard Thomas Horne.
Visitation will be 1:00 until 3:00pm Wednesday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel followed by a 3:00pm funeral service with Rev. Don Herron officiating.
Mr. Horne is survived by his wife, Betty Lewter Horne; son, Christopher A. Horne of Adelaide, Australia; daughter, Lisa Coyle of Tampa, FL and one granddaughter, Laura Hargrove of Atlanta, GA.
Mr. Horne served in the Canadian Medical Corp during World War II. Following service in France, the Netherlands and Germany Mr. Horne returned to Canada. He enrolled first at the University of British Columbia and then at the University of Toronto where he gained an MBA. In 1947 he joined the Trade Commissioner Service, the commercial part of Canada's diplomatic service. For the next forty years he served his country in Oslo, Stockholm, Lima, Karachi, Chicago and Bonn. In 1967 he was named Consul General for Canada in Sydney, Australia and subsequently was Canada's Consul General in Atlanta and San Francisco.
Mr. Horne spent over 30 years abroad and was renowned for his ability to train and develop young diplomats many of who went on to very senior roles in government and industry. He passed up a number of requests to fill positions in Ottawa. He was lovingly called "Trader Horne" by a generation of Canadian diplomats. His influence spread outside the government community and he was highly regarded by many of leaders in the Canadian business community with whom he was in close contact through frequent trips back to Canada.
Mr. Horne was the senior Canadian Government representative to six western states including Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Northern California and Hawaii. His responsibilities included the administration of the Canadian Consulate General's five divisions: industry, trade and commerce, manpower and immigration, tourism, consular affairs and public affairs.
Mr. Horne had been an active member of the Murfreesboro Noon Rotary Club for 45 years. He served as president in 1986-87, was a former secretary and a Paul Harris Fellow.
Memorials may be made to the Noon Rotary Club or the Harry Horne Scholarship Fund at MTSU in memory of Mr. Horne.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel. 615-893-5151. Online condolences can be made at www.woodfinchapel.com