August 24, 1935 ‒ November 15, 2016
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.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Tom’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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