Gifted, much missed and ‘ex­tremely nice’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

TRIBUTES have been paid to a world renowned artist from Bucks.

Avi­a­tion artist John Young, of White Hill, Che­sham, died on Wed­nes­day, June 10 at the age of 85.

Mr Young his name as an avi­a­tion artist in both the UK and in the US and about 45 of his orig­i­nal paint­ings are dis­played in the RAF Mu­seum in Hen­don and many oth­ers are in pri­vate and cor­po­rate col­lec­tions in the US and Eng­land.

Mr Young, was one of the first pupils to join Che­sham Prep School when it opened in 1938.

Inspired by the visit of Sir Alan Cob­ham’s Na­tional Avi­a­tion Day air dis­play to a farmer’s pas­ture near Che­sham Prep School, his love af­fair with fly­ing ma­chines

POR­TRAIT OF THE ARTIST: Red Ar­rows over Ni­a­gra re­ally be­gan.

When the school was first es­tab­lished on the top floor of the build­ing in Sta­tion Road, Che­sham, an eight-year-old Mr Young was moved away from the win­dow for con­stantly sketch­ing the trains he could just see at the sta­tion.

Mr Young was the vice-

John Young with his paint­ing pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety Avi­a­tion Artists and was a founder mem­ber and pre­vi­ous chair­man of the Guild of Avi­a­tion Artists in Bri­tain.

Long-time friend Michael Hawker, who owns the Hawker Gallery in The Malt­ings, Old Amer­sham, still has many of Mr Young’s paint­ings for sale in the gallery.

He said: “He will be very much missed by peo­ple, I’m very sad that he’s passed away.

“There are many artists who show­case work here who were very touched when they heard he died. He was well known and he was well liked.

“He was ex­tremely nice, calm­ing, pleas­ant, mod­est and easy to get on with. I don’t know any­one who dis­liked him.”

Mr Young was also a de­vout Chris­tian and at­tended St Mary’s in Che­sham be­fore mov­ing to St John’s the Evan­ge­list Church in Ash­ley Green in later years.

Mr Young’s fu­neral took place at St John’s the Evan­ge­list Church in Ash­ley Green on Fri­day and was fol­lowed by cre­ma­tion at Milton Chapel at Chilterns Cre­ma­to­rium.


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