The three sons of Brisbane MH17 passengers Howard and Susan Horder have remembered them as devoted parents who filled their childhood home with love at a memorial ceremony in the city’s north.
Matthew, David and Adam Horder said they were still coming to terms with the deaths of their mother and father in a statement issued prior to the service, where they requested privacy to mourn, nearly a month after the couple’s sudden and dramatic passing.
Avid travellers, the Albany Creek retirees were returning from a European holiday when they perished with 296 others aboard the Malaysia Airlines aircraft that was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17.
Prior to Friday morning’s service, their three sons remembered growing up in a home full of love and said their parents were much loved and missed.
“Mum and Dad were devoted parents who would do anything for us and worked very hard to ensure we had an amazing upbringing,” the trio said.
“Our home was full of love and events like birthdays and Christmas were made to be so special.
“Family holidays in the caravan to places like Caloundra and Yamba provided us with endless enjoyment.”
The couple, as school children, had lived in the same Chermside street and both attended Wavell State High School.
They married in Chermside in 1972, when Mrs Horder was 21 and Mr Horder 22, settling at Albany Creek.
Mr Horder forged a successful career in the insurance industry and later as a financial planner before retiring in 2010.
Mrs Horder was a teacher at Stafford State School until 1975, when she left the profession upon the birth of the couple’s first son Matthew.
While Mr Horder’s career took the couple and their family temporarily to Sydney and Wellington, they always returned to Albany Creek.
Their sons said in the three years since Mr Horder’s retirement, the couple had enjoyed frequent European sojourns.
“In recent years, Mum and Dad grew to love Andre Rieu,” the statement read.
“They attended concerts both locally and at Andre’s home town of Maastricht in the Netherlands.
“It is there that they travelled to for the last three years touring Europe enjoying retirement.”
Their love of travel was adopted by their sons and they said the couple loved hearing their travel stories.
Matthew, David and Adam said they would miss the guidance their parents gave.
“As adults they were always there for guidance and never judged us,” they said.
“All they wanted was for us to be happy and follow our dreams. They embraced travel and would love to hear our stories from abroad.”
A tribute website has been established at www.howardandsusan.com.au for friends and family to share their memories of the couple.
Lapel pins in memory of Mr and Mrs Horder are available for $5 with all proceeds going to their preferred beneficiary, Cancer Council Queensland.
Howard and Susan Horder are survived by Matthew, David and Adam and their two grandchildren.