R. KENT YOUNG
Funeral service for the late R. Kent Young, 78, Antigonish, was held September 7 in St. James United Church.
Mr. Young died August 24, 2018, in St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish.
Born May 27, 1940, in Sudbury, he was a son of the late Dorothy Ellen (Kent) and Clarence Alvin Young. He grew up in Copper Cliff, Ontario, and studied at University of Toronto, from 1958 to 1967, earning a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1962, a Master of Applied Science in 1964 and a PH.D. in Thermodynamic Engineering in 1968. While in Toronto, in 1959, he met Wenda Lee Gimby, who was teaching at Cedervale Elementary School. They were married in 1962 and spent the next 55 years together, until her death eight months ago. Following his studies at U of T, he worked as an engineer for Corning Glass Works in New York State. He then took a position in his hometown of Sudbury, working for International Nickel from 1970-73. In 1973, the family moved to London, Ontario, where he earned the Gold Medal in University of Western Ontario’s MBA program in 1975.
In 1976, he joined St. Francis Xavier’s Business Department where he would teach until his retirement in 2005. He received St. F.X.’S outstanding teaching award in 1997. He enjoyed sailing and gardening. As a teenager, he built his first sailboat with his father. In the late 1960s and 1970s, he sailed a Y-flyer and an Albacore. Sailing the Albacore with his wife, he won many Round Lake regattas in the 70s and 80s. In the early 1980s, he sailed a Laser and a Windsurfer. For the past 30 years, he sailed the Bras d’or Lake in Cape Breton Island, first in Sundance his PY23 and then in his C&C 30 Galadriel, winning club races in the St. Peter’s and Dundee areas.
He is survived by daughter, Ruth Ellen (Terry); son, Edward Gordon (Lindsay); granddaughter, Madeleine Claire; two brothers, Barry, Ancastor, Ont.; Don, Hamilton, Ont.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.
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