Thomas Young

August 24, 1935 ‒ November 15, 2016

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Thomas Lee Young peacefully passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from his Lexington home. He was 81.

Tom was born August 24, 1935 in Mansfield to parents Henry Edward & Marian (Keefe) Young. After graduating Mansfield Senior High with the class of 1953, he earned his bachelor’s of science from Eastern Nazarene College in 1957. Tom served his country as a member of the National Guard and one of his fellow servicemen introduced Tom to a sister, Judy Burling. The pair hit it off and Tom & Judy married August 28, 1961.

Tom began teaching 8th grade mathematics at Lexington Junior High in 1958. He also coached track, tennis, and the 8th grade boys’ basketball team where he really enjoyed working with the kids. He retired in 1997 and joined Mansfield’s YMCA where he made many friends who enriched his life and earned the nickname Mr. Sunshine. Tom went to the “Y” every day until his health declined. In younger years, Tom collected baseball cards and enjoyed athletics of all kinds: tennis, racquetball, softball, and basketball.

Tom was a wonderful husband, Dad, and Grandpa; his granddaughters were his delight! Everyone who met Tom enjoyed his big personality.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Judy Young of Lexington; three children: daughter and son-in-law Maria & Scott Alfonsi of Bellville, sons Michael R. Young of Canton and Matthew D. Young of Lexington; five granddaughters: Bethany (Solomon) Yang of Lenoir, NC, Leanna Alfonsi of Mansfield, Kayla (Elisha) Mickle of Canton, Lindsey (Nik Philpot) Alfonsi of Mansfield, and Autumn Joy Young of Hilliard; three great-grandchildren (with one great-granddaughter on the way): Judah Yang, Parker Yang, and Kaeleb Llamas; brother James R. (Ann) Young of Woodbine, MD; sisters-in-law Laurrie Young of Las Vegas and Betty “Nell” Young of Westminster, MD; four nephews: Nick Young of Las Vegas, Steve & Kim Young of Middletown, MD, Scott Young of Westminster, MD, and Stanley Young of Westminster, MD; grand-nieces Erica Young and Kristen Young both of NYC; along with extended family members and close friends.

In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a brother Charles E. Young.

The family wishes to thank the Ohio Health Hospice nurses and aids who came to help care for Tom at the home with special thanks to Kerri and Sindy who were there on Tuesday and gave such loving care.

Friends may call 10 a.m. to 12 noon Tuesday, November 22, 2016 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service celebrating his life will begin at 12 noon and Pastor Nathaniel Foote will officiate.

Contributions in his memory to the YMCA may be made at the funeral home.

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  • To all Tom’s loved ones our thoughts and prayers for everyone during this time
    of loss he was a great person and will be missed….thinking of each one of you
    and we send our love and may our Lord bless you and comfort you…..
    Carol & Jack Jeffries
    Susan Madison & family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Our love of collecting, trading and selling of baseball cards gave us a special bond. We enjoyed your summer visits to Maryland and you will be greatly missed. With love to all, Steve, Kim, Erica, and Kristin.

  • My prayers and thoughts are with you, Judy and family, as you grieve over Tom’s loss. He was a great teacher and coach – I always enjoyed his humor as well! May God bless you and comfort you during your time of loss.

  • Mrs. Young and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Mr. Young was my math teacher for two years. He was one of my favorite teachers and I enjoyed his classes very much…especially his use of colored chalk to highlight various aspects of the equations we were solving. His enthusiasm for math was infecious. I learned to love math from him.

    Cindi Pohl Bower

  • Sympathies. Mr. Young was a very nice person, coach and teacher. My thoughts are with you.

  • Mr. Tom Young was my junior high math teacher. At that time, I decided I wanted to be a math teacher just like Mr. Young. Through his encouragement, that dream was realized for 35 wonderful years. My husband and I express our deepest sympathy to Judy and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Joan Hubler

  • Peace ad love to the Young Family. Was my pleasure working with Tom during my early teaching career. Lot of great memories to treasure. God blessing to you all. Tonya Houser

  • I’m sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Young. I remember how he made math a fun subject. I remember also of his funny sayings, some of which still stands out for me today. Thanks Mr. Young for your service to our country and also for your service for inspiring young people to enjoy learning math! You will be missed!

  • i’m sure i can speak for my mom and also for myself Judy. MY prayers are with you and i’m sure my mom is looking down and wanting to comfort you. Enjoyed many Sunday afternoons playing basketball with tom he was a fine person.

  • Judy, Maria, Mike and Matt sorry to hear of the loss of Tom, he was a man of integrity that will definitely be missed by all. I would run into him from time to time at the Speedway gas station in Lexington as he was trying his luck with the lottery, it was always nice to see him. Steve Bailey

  • I was in Tom’s freshman class of Algebra at Lexington. My two children also had him for math. He always had a story to tell even in his first years of teaching. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time . Blessings.

  • Our thoughts and prayers for Tom and his family. I have many memories of Tom as a teacher at Lexington, I didn’t have him but our boys did. Plus playing adult basketball with him, years ago. Plus a few recent memories too. God bless you TOM Young.

  • I had Mr. Young for freshmen algebra and thru the years became friends . One day in his class out of nowhere he hit me in the chest with an eraser. He quickly said Zirk I’m sorry – throw me back the eraser and duck ! It was meant for Bobby Boyd . The algebra he taught me was invaluable in my carreer in architecture. A great man, a super teacher – he will be missed.

  • Mr Young was my math teacher in Jr high. Always enjoyed his class. Sorry for this loss. Debbie Eby Baker class of 73.