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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Obituary - Jimmy Young, of Seaton

Jimmy Young, who spent his life helping others, has died at the age of 83.

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COMMUNITY MAN: Jimmy Young, of Seaton

Mr Young was born in Workington and returned to West Cumbria in retirement, living in Seaton and throwing himself into the community.

He was involved with Workington Christian Fellowship, which later became Bridge Church, and then with Christ Central, which was formed in 2011.

He was also a keen member of West Cumbria Woodturners and Seaton Bowls Club, and latterly the West Cumbrian branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Born in Darcy Street in March 1931, on his mother Maggie’s 43rd birthday, Mr Young was the youngest of six children.

His father Andrew went on to be town mayor.

The family moved to Salterbeck when Mr Young was one, and to Mason Street in 1950.

Two years later, after serving an apprenticeship at Chambers Joinery, Mr Young left to join the army for three years.

While away he met his wife Kath and, when he left the army, they got their first house in Moss Bay.

In 1957 their son Rob was born. Daughter Sue followed in 1959, the same year that the family moved to Main Road, Seaton.

The next year Mr Young qualified as a teacher and they moved to Hemel Hempstead, where he spent his career teaching craft.

He ran evening classes, worked as a special constable and drove taxis and coaches alongside his work in school.

His coach driving took him across the world, including a trip to Romania, where he and a friend went to help out during a time of troubles, Mr Young assisting with carpentry work.

In 1998, in retirement, Mr and Mrs Young moved to Ling Beck Park, Seaton.

His main interest was serving the church, from time spent as treasurer of Bridge Church and taking the money at lunch club and parents and toddler group, to making a steel cross for the outside of the building and wooden items including a cross for inside.

A keen woodturner, Mr Young would make many items to keep at home or give to family and friends, and some were sold for charity.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, he joined and volunteered for the West Cumbria branch of Parkinson’s UK.

A keen footballer and rugby player in his younger days, he liked playing bowls and watching Workington Town and Comets.

He enjoyed playing the keyboard and doing cross-stitch, remaining active and independent after his wife died last year.

His son Rob said: “He was a lovely, gentle person. He used to work too hard.”

Mr Young was cremated at Distington Hall Crematorium yesterday, followed by a celebration of his life at The Bridge Centre.

As well as Rob and Sue, he is survived by grandsons Peter and Michael, sister Mary, sister-in-law Marjorie and cousin Mabel.

Donations in memory of Mr Young can be made to the West Cumbria branch of Parkinson’s UK via John Sandelands Funeral Directors.

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