First Responders 07

Dean G. Horn

March 11, 1983 ~ July 26, 2021 (age 38)


York Beach, Maine-With such sorrow I write this notice to friends and family that my nephew, Dean Glen Horn passed away on Monday, July 26th, 2021 at my home after a very lengthy battle against his life’s circumstances and struggles.  I remember Dean as a child with his abundance of kindness and sweetness towards others, and as he grew older, now and then, I caught glimpses of that childlike kindness and sweetness.   

Dean was an entrepreneur at a very young age.  One of my favorite stories of Dean, and there were many mind you, was when he was around 7 or 8 years old, he was a very cute towhead with sparkling green eyes.  One day Dean gathered pieces of firewood from the woods behind his house on Mary Street and bundled them up.  He then set up a stand on the corner of Mary Street and Ridge Road selling small bundles of firewood.  Soon thereafter his business was in operation (3 hours), there was a knock on the Horn front door – it was L.C., a friend of Dean’s father, Sam.  “SAM!” shouted L.C., “thought you should know, that boy of yours is sellin’ bundles of firewood on Ridge Road, not too smaht is he?  It’s July and 90 out – what’s he thinkin’?”  Sam responded, “how’s he doin’?”  L.C. replied, “I dunno - felt bad for the kid and his dumb idea so I bought a bundle though I don’t need it now in July”.  Sam chuckled, “appears he is doing good so far L.C.”.  (I suppose this could be an “L.C.” story too – permission to copy granted.)

Dean continued his “glass half-full” optimism in life as he often told me that despite his medical issues, he wanted to live as long as he could to be there for his daughter Lylah. Lylah spent much time at my house with Dean and he took her to the beach, playground, fun-o-rama, water country, animal forest and many walks downtown for ice cream during this past summer.   With this goal set in his mind, Dean was diligently preparing for a risky heart surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital scheduled in October in hopes that he might have more time to spend with Lylah.  He was doing good so far!  I hope Dean knew that I treasured his presence in my life these last few years – he brought me much joy, tears, understanding, and lots of laughter.  May you finally rest in peace sweet Dean – I will miss you very much, Love, Auntie JoJo.

Dean was born on March 11, 1983 in Portsmouth, NH and grew up in York Beach, ME.  He was the second child of the late Noreen (Hill) Horn & Samuel Horn of York Beach, ME.  Dean leaves behind his siblings, Elizabeth (Horn) Reiter, Patrick Horn & Michael Horn, his niece Leah Reiter & nephew Samuel Reiter; and his cousins, Catie & Colleen Keenan, Jessica & Cara Foggarty, Oliver & Grace Shanklin and Alexandra Hill. Dean was the grandson of late Lillier (Norton) & Dean Horn and the late Catherine (Dyer) & Clarence Hill. 

Dean also leaves behind the most important person in his life who he unquestionably loved and adored, his daughter, Lylah Grace Horn.

Donations in Dean’s memory would be very much appreciated to the York Beach Fire Department, PO Box 70 , York Beach, ME 03910 and/or York Ambulance Service,  PO Box 238, York, ME 03909. 

Friends and family are invited to attend the graveside burial service for Dean Glen Horn at the First Parish Cemetery, 180 York Street, York, Maine on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 11 am.  A reception will be held at the home of Joanne M. Hill, 5B Caddy’s Way, York Beach, Maine following the service.  (RSVP requested at 

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Graveside Service
September 25, 2021

11:00 AM
First Parish Cemetery
180 York St.
York, ME 03909

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