A resident of Elma for the past40 years, Bev Young passed away at home on Sept. 4 following an 11-month battle with cancer. He was 67.
He was born on Feb. 12, 1937 at his grandmother Hummel’s home northwest of Williamsburg to his parents Clifford and Lera Young (nee Hummel). After he was born, the family moved to the Brockville area where he attended public school. The family eventually moved back to Dundas County and he attended school on Flagg Road, Savings Street, and Mariatown before quitting in Grade 8 to go to work.
His first job was with Union Properties in Morrisburg working as a carpenter’s helper. He became a very skilled carpenter and he built many houses and buildings during his career including the public school in Haliburton.
In January of 1956 his sister Betty married Ray Hall and it was at this wedding that he met and eventually fell in love with Ray’s sister Joyce. They were married on June 29, 1957 at Chesterville United Church. After their wedding, Bev and Joyce moved to the United States for a period of three years before returning to the Williamsburg area to live and raise their family which eventually grew to include four boys and four girls.
He was a very hard working man and supported his wife and eight children by doing carpentry work until 1972 when he got a job on the construction crew at Ontario Hydro. He initially worked part-time but eventually he obtained a full-time job and remained with Ontario Hydro for over 25 years before retiring in February of 1999.
After retirement he kept busy by building cupboards, doing renovations, and generally helping out wherever he could. He was very generous, but he was very modest when it came to accepting any kind of praise for his good deeds. The Williamsburg United Church and the Chesterville Legion were both recipients of his kind-hearted nature when he built and donated a beautiful set of cupboards for each of these organizations.
Bev was a dedicated member of the Williamsburg United Church, Chesterville Legion, Leeds County Draft Horse Club, and the SD&G Dog Association-Sledding/Carting Class. In addition, he was a faithful blood donor and he was recently recognized for having made his 65th donation.
He possessed a pleasant demeanor which endeared him to many people wherever he and Joyce traveled. He loved to dance and listen to music and he and Joyce attended dances throughout the area every weekend. Bev never drank or smoked but he always had fun spending time with Joyce and his many friends.
He was a loving husband to Joyce for over 47 years. He was the loving father of Barry (Sandy) of Chesterville, Cindy (Dwight) Symonds of Ottawa, David (Darlene McMillan) of Morrisburg, Beverley (Robert VanderVeen) of Williamsburg, Curtis (Marie) of Brockville, Bruce (Faye) of Mountain, Sharon (Sam) Gallinger of Ingleside, and Sandy (Tom Feeley) of Long Sault.
He was a brother to Betty Hall of Chesterville, Mildred (Ronald) Barkley of Alberta, Gail (Gary) Findlay of Prescott, Marjorie Emard of Cornwall, Dale (Marion) of Cornwall, Richard of Morrisburg, and Ronald of Morrisburg. He will be fondly remembered by 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister Pat Young and brothers-in-law Ray Hall and Donald Emard. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg Sept. 6 and 7. A Legion service was held Sept. 7. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg United Church on Sept. 8 with Rev. Doug Carnegie officiating.
Interment followed at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville. The pallbearers were grandsons Derek Durant, Dustin Young, Cody Young, Chase Young, Brandon Young and Jason Hill. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons Travis VanderVeen, Cole Young, Matt Gallinger, and Michael Gallinger.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Ottawa Regional Cancer Center, or Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.