Maurice M. Young Sr., of Westerly, passed away on March 20, 2013, at home with his family at his side. Maurice was 89 years old and the son of the late Frederic C. Young and Katherine L. Young.
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Maurice attended Westerly High School before enlisting and training at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London. Maurice served in World War II. While stationed in Wildwood, N.J., Maurice met and married the love of his life, Georgia Bramble.
Maurice and Georgia married Sept. 8, 1944, and had three children: Eileen Strawderman, of Hamilton, N.J., Maurice Young Jr., of Central Village, Conn., and Janet Russo, of Westerly. The Youngs have seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.
Maurice worked for 44 years at The Westerly Sun and another 20 at his retirment job at McQuade's Marketplace. Maurice was very active all his life in both Hopkinton and Westerly, giving of his time, talent and treasure. Maurice strived to serve the public's best interest politically, professionally and educationally in whatever he endeavored.
Maurice and Georgia were lifelong members of the Westerly/Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church, of which Maurice served as an ordained deacon for 66 years. Maurice sang in the Sea Notes and most loved the barbershop quartet that performed in and around the community. You could always find Maurice singing a tune or grabbing a coffee and donut at a local shop.
I think the best way we will remember our loved one is to say: he loved God, people, his family, his life, and the living of it.
There are not enough pages to write down what his accomplishments were, except the great passion of his life ... mentoring young people. He enjoyed his job at McQuade's Marketplace most of all because it was there that he had a captive audience in which to mold young men's hearts. Dad always wanted to become a mentor of young souls ... and he cried the day we had to tell him ... "Heaven was waiting and there was no going back, just Home."
The family is having a private graveside burial.
A celebration of Maurice's life will be announced at a later date.
Donations in his memory may be made in his honor to Home & Hospice Care of R.I. and the Pawcatuck Seventh Day Baptist Church.
Published in The Westerly Sun from Mar. 26 to Mar. 27, 2013