Huck's death hard to bear

MAYOR of Orange John Davis says the hearts of the people in Orange and Blayney go out to the Hornby family who have experienced another tragedy.

Michael Hornby, 43,  was farewelled by family and friends at a service at Buderim in Queensland  earlier this week.

Mr Hornby died from cancer.

Cr Davis said the death of the popular man who was a stalwart of the Blayney Bears Rugby League Club was sad news.

“I always knew him as “Huck” - such a terrific young bloke - so outgoing and there was never any negativity about him,” he said.

“But of course the death of his little twin girls and his mother-in-law in a car accident was hard for him to bear even though on the outside he tried to remain positive.”

Mr Hornby and his wife Kelly moved to the Sunshine Coast prior to the accident in 2009 and since the death of their girls Grace and Jessica and their grandmother Denise Mansell, the Hornbys became activists for road safety campaigns.

Mr Hornby returned on a regular basis to see his family in Blayney and to help with the Turn Orange Purple road safety campaign instigated by cab drivers as part of a campaign started by the Hornbys.

A memorial service for Mr Hornby will be held at the Blayney Bowling Club at 2pm on Saturday.

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