Schuyler “Sky” Wentworth Horton II of Milo, Maine and Orient, NY died on July 23, 2022 at his home with his family by his side.
He was born on December 28, 1962 in Orient, NY to Stewart WY Horton and Florence Tuthill Horton. He was predeceased by his father and is survived by his mother; wife Xiaorong; daughter May; sister Susanne; and brother, Sean.
From a young age, Schuyler had a deep love of music and was a naturally talented musician. He often fondly recalled the many nights he and his friends made music in his grandmother’s barn, writing and recording their own music.
After a brief service in the Army, Schuyler returned to school and completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. The free-spirited Schuyler didn’t like the corporate culture; After graduating, he founded his computer and internet company in his parents’ garage in 1995, when the internet was still a novelty for many. He provided website design and internet hosting services to local businesses and organizations in Long Island’s East End. Many of his customers have remained loyal to him to this day.
From 1997 to 1998, Schuyler worked on a project called Junior Summit ’98 at MIT’s Media Lab. He worked as an “IT guy” to bring high school kids from all over the world together over the internet and ended up in a face-to-face conference. During this time, he was introduced to his future wife Xiaorong by a colleague/friend as a pen pal. Thousands of emails, countless hours of international phone calls, and two trips to China later, Schuyler and Xiaorong married in February 2000.
In the summer of 2001, Schuyler came to Milo to help a friend work on his camp. While in town, he spotted a handsome old New Englander with a huge barn for sale. It reminded him so much of his grandmother’s house and barn that he bought the house with the help of his parents. It was supposed to be a summer home “one day,” but when Schuyler found out there was a baby on the way, he came to Milo with a truckload of tools to fix the house. Baby May was born in 2002 and the family moved into Milo’s home in the spring of 2003.
May was the joy of Schuyler’s world. He put that joy into music and wrote a little piece just for May before she was even born. He played the piano with her when she could barely sit on his lap, and they often made up silly songs together on the long drives to his parents’. When she was in middle school and wanted to continue studying piano, he would spend hours researching and bought her a baby grand from his “secret stash,” knowing that a good instrument is just as important as hours of practice.
Schuyler was talented but never learned to read or write music; He played exclusively from the heart. That was until 2015, when researching how to fix a broken Korg synthesizer, he stumbled upon a new world of music technology. He bought some of these tools and started composing and recording. When he discovered that it was possible to play any instrument using just the familiar keys of the piano, he dived in; He took music theory lessons from teachers at May’s High School and taught himself how to write music.
Schuyler made many friends in the composition world. Because of his IT background, he quickly grasped the technology and was patient when answering other people’s technical questions. He freely shared his tips and technical notes with others and worked on many collaborative pieces. The time and effort Schuyler put into his music is evident in the audible growth between his first album, Compassion, and his most recent release, Damage.
What Schuyler loved most was his family. He took care of everyone before himself. He brought his brother with him. Sean, from California to Maine so Sean could rest and get well after a horrific motorcycle accident. He had also been caring for his elderly mother with Alzheimer’s for the past three years. He turned an adjoining room into a bedroom for her, prepared her daily medication, spent time chatting with her on the porch, took her to countless doctor’s appointments, and did her laundry every night after everyone else had gone to bed. That summer, he promised Xiaorong a tea garden, and after spending hours researching design ideas, he devoted his weekends to putting it together. He was the one-handed support system for his entire family and the most selfless friend, son, brother, father and husband anyone could ask for.
He will be missed so terribly.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Three River Kiwanis headquarters in Milo. A memorial service and celebration of life will take place at a later date in the Orient.
Memorial donations can be made to the Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s Caregiver Respite Program (eaaa.org/donate-now).
The arrangements are in the care of the Lary Funeral Home in Milo. Condolences can be expressed at laryfuneralhome.com.
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