Zone 197 sadly reports the passing of retired member and welding school instructor Philip Hornberger on Friday, February 12, 2021. His obituary is as follows:
With loving family at his side, Philip G. Hornberger, 79, our beloved Papa, passed away on February 12, after succumbing to injuries suffered as the result of an ATV accident at his residence.
Philip was the son of Newton and Dorothy (Borst) Hornberger, nephew of Auntie Anna and Uncle Dutchie Borst, brother to Frederick (Cheryl), David (Christine), Richard (Kathleen), Eleanor (John, dec’d.) Albanese, and Judith (Robert) Moore. Philip was predeceased by his brother, Steven Hornberger, and sisters, Marion (Donald) Morrett, Katherine (Paul, dec’d) Currie and Nancy Hornberger.
Philip is survived by his wife, Joanne Hornberger (Kubisch, Hagadone), children Darrell Stuart Hornberger (Lisa Velez), Kimberly Ann Hornberger-Malcolm, stepchildren Robbie (Diane) Hagadone and Jennifer Hagadone. Grandchildren Shannon Bruso, Shane Hornberger (Christina Zwack), Zoe Rose Malcolm, Aaron and Alexis Hornberger, Gavin and Madison Hornberger, Cody and Jacob Brate, and Ashley and Robert Hagadone 3rd. Great-grandchildren Mina, Lillian and Brian (Jr) Baldwin, Shane Jr., Christiana Hornberger, along with many cherished nieces and nephews. Philip was also predeceased by his daughter, Wendy Ann Hornberger (2017) and first wife, Sara Jane Schneider (2020).
Phil was born in Gardner, Massachusetts and raised in Albany. He graduated from Philip Schuyler High School in 1960 and went on to become the hardest-working member of Boilermaker’s Local 197 for many years – sharing his skills and welding expertise on numerous steel construction and atomic power projects throughout the Northeast before his well-earned retirement. Phil is also remembered as a talented carpenter and highly respected career and technical education teacher and mentor – having successfully prepared thousands of welders over the decades for their professional certifications. When he wasn’t working or helping others, Phil enjoyed active pursuits, automotive hobbies, rehabilitating his beloved dog, Holly, spending time with family, a strong manhattan by a warm fire, and taking care of the Ravena homestead.
Viewing hours will be held Thursday, February 18, 11 to 1pm at the Tebbutt Funeral Home, 663 Central Avenue, Albany, with a private funeral service to follow. Burial will take place in the spring.