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Robert Bond Young

Dover - Robert Bond Young died on February 24, 2021 at his home in Dover, Delaware. Rob was born in Upper Darby, PA, son of Robert and Ann Young. He graduated from Upper Darby High School, where he was voted "friendliest" in 1961.

He attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, graduating on the Dean's List. While at Denison he played midfield lacrosse on the only undefeated team in the country in 1964.It was there he met his true love, Karen Alexander, and they were blissfully married for 54 years.

On to Ohio State Law School and upon graduation, he joined the law firm of Young & Alexander in Dayton, Ohio. Two sterling sons were born in Dayton, creating a remarkable family bond.

In 1974, the family moved to Dover, Delaware where Rob began his practice in insurance defense work. A variety of community commitments followed. He served as a Little League coach with his sons for 9 years winning 3 championships and later served on the Board. He was a Planned Parenthood State Board member for 6 years and a Senior Olympics Board member for 15 years. As a 47-year member of the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA), he served as its President from 2004-2005.He was a founding member and President of the Delaware Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, attaining Diplomat Status for taking over 100 cases to jury verdict. He served on the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts board for many years and was V. P. Three additional boards he was proud to serve were the Blue Gold Board of Trustees, the Coastal Concert Board and the Community Legal Aid Society Board of Directors.

Rob spent much of his non-lawyer, non-judicial time taking classic, tragic literature and transforming it into funny and entertaining musicals, filled with great tunes and new lyrics. Those operettas helped support legal services for the indigent via the Combined Campaign for Justice. They were a collaboration with Jim McGiffin and a fabulous troupe of lawyers!

Rob is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Karen Young, as well as his sons, Jeffrey Young and his wife, Shannon of Dover, son Randall Young and his wife, Janna of Rockingham, VA. He dearly loved his grandchildren, Madeline and Sarah Young of Dover, and Alexander of Rockingham, VA, who called him "Gampy." Also surviving are a sister, Gretchen Lerch of Philadelphia, PA and her two sons and their families.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Combined Campaign for Justice (

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 25 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 18, 2021
I was Rob's secretary for about five years when he represented several Insurance companies. He was a wonderful and caring boss. Exact in all that he did. My sincere sympathy to Karen and his family.
Violet (Vi) Cannon
March 6, 2021
Since being voted "friendliest" in high school, Rob never stopped being that for the next sixty years! I will remember Rob for that and as a great supporter of the arts.
Jerry Bilton
March 4, 2021
The great poet, John Donne, wrote that “ any man’s death diminishes me ”
Rob Young’s death diminished me more than words can express.
We were contemporaries. We had cases with each other, against each other and I appeared before him in several trials. He was a model Judge because he exhibited the highest quality needed of a Judge: he cared about the result and understood that the law was about people and was not a series of abstract thoughts.
We also bonded over baseball: he a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and I the Los Angeles Dodgers and we argued back and forth on the merits, and lack of them, of our teams.
But mostly I remember Rob for the love of his family. One story stands out in my mind that concerned his granddaughter Madeline. Bob told me that having sons he “didn’t know about pink” until Madeline was born and he absolutely doted on her, as he did with all his grandchildren.
A number of years ago I had a trial before Rob. One day before trial began, I sat in the back of the Courtroom while Rob’s son, Jeff, presented a motion before another Kent County Superior Court Judge. When Jeff finished he started walking out of the Courtroom. I headed for the front of the room to start setting up for trial. Before Jeff reached the door we exchanged pleasantries. I then asked: “Jeff: does your Dad still spoil Madeline?” I do not recall how old Madeline was at that point but it was before her sister, Sarah, was born.
Jeff stopped in his tracks, did a “180”, walked up to me, sighed heavily and said firmly, quietly but with a broad smile and a glint in his eyes: “It’s sick.”
Rob’s talents in so many fields of endeavor are well known and invite our admiration, but I shall remember him mostly as a proud, doting and loving grandfather.
John Elzufon
John Elzufon
February 28, 2021
No better brother-in-law could be imagined for my dear sister, Karen!
Robin Alexander
February 28, 2021
Robin Alexander
February 26, 2021
Who will correct my grammar now?
Jim McGiffin
February 26, 2021
A truely wonderful person. I was truly blessed to be able to work with a wonderful person at Superior Court. My prayers are with the family.
Elizabeth Wyatt
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