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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Amon Horst


Leading Seaman, Anti-Aircraft Gunner, V35773, RCNVR


Born: 24 Sep 1920


Died: 13 Apr 2007, New Hamburg, Ontario


HORST, Amon - died at his home in New Hamburg, surrounded by the love and support of his family, on Friday, April 13, 2007, at the age of 86.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Hilda Horst, who predeceased him April 1, 2007. Loving father of Dana Currie and her partner Mike Bott of Kitchener, Brian and his wife Sharon of Toronto, Darryl of Kitchener, Cathy and her husband Alan MacDonald of Ottawa, Peter and his wife Lisa of Kitchener and Susan and her husband Guy Cameron of Kitchener. Proud and loving grandfather of Rebecca and her husband Jeff Hadaway, Sarah Currie, Katy Horst, Alexandra Seebach, Scott MacDonald, Lauren, Danielle and Emily Horst, Jacob and Quinn Cameron. Amon will be lovingly remembered by his sisters and brothers, Mary Shantz, Barbara Horst, Elam and his wife Myrtle Horst, Martha and her husband Roy Koch, Emma Brubacher and Melvin and his wife Leeta Horst.

Predeceased by his parents Lovina (Bauman) and Menno Horst; a daughter, Nancy Heather in infancy; grandson, Adam Horst; sisters Lena Frey and Verna Waters and brother David Horst.

Amon served overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy on Convoy Duty during WW II crossing the North Atlantic twenty-four times. He was a proud member for forty-one years of the Royal Canadian Legion New Hamburg Branch 532 and was retired from Uniroyal where he worked for thirty-eight years. Amon enjoyed baseball, especially his favourite team, the Cleveland Indians.

Amon will be remembered for his love of telling stories and his expressive opinions.

Friends are invited to bring and share their special photographs and memories of Amon with his family at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street South, Waterloo, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private family burial will take place at Wilmot Mennonite Cemetery on Tuesday morning. The funeral service to celebrate Amon's life and faith will be held in the chapel of the funeral home, on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 1:30 p.m., with Pastor Gary Horst officiating. Following the service, friends are invited to join the family in the funeral home's Fireside Reception Room for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Spinal Cord Research, Cerebral Palsy, the MS Society or Canadian Mental Health Association.

In living memory of Amon, a tree will be planted through the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home.



Amon Horst's wartime diary 16 Jan 1943 - 31 Dec 1943



Ships served in:

HMCS STAR - Enlisted in 1941

HMCS SAGUENAY - Served in SAGUENAY in 1941

HMCS SKEENA - Served in SKEENA in 1942

HMCS ST LAMBERT - Served in ST LAMBERT in 1944-1945

HMCS YORK - Demobilized 29 Nov 1945







(AH01) Portrait of Amon Horst  (AH02) Amon Horst leaving St. Jacobs  (AH03) Seaman Amon Horst, HMCS CORNWALLIS (Halifax, NS)  (AH04) Inside cover to the Seamanship Manual that belonged to Amon Horst  (AH05) Amon's wife and friend, Hilda (Hubert) Horst.  Hilda served in the Royal Canadian Air Force Women's Division as an Aerial Photographer, based in England 1943 - 1945.


(AH06) Amon Horst spent V.E. Day in the Irish Sea aboard HMCS ST LAMBERT



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