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In Memory of Wilfred Young

It is with great sadness that the Young family announces the passing of Wilfred on March 26th, 2023 at the age of 84 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Wilf passed away at home with support from family and the palliative care team.

Beloved husband of Berneice Young (nee Goodfellow) of 53 years.  Loving father of Debbie Hill (Steve), Kim Ferreira (JP) and Michael Young.  Cherished papa of Kayla, Ashley, Ryan, Logan, Abby and Tessa. 

He will be sadly missed by his sisters Jean Beamish (late Len) and Fran Houlahan (late Tony) (late Jack Wilson), as well as his many nieces and nephews, and friends.

Predeceased by his parents John and Helena Young (nee Moore), as well as his brothers Pat Young (late Laurette) and Basil Young, and half-sister Connie Dagg (Sam).

Wilf was born on October 16, 1938 in Chelsea, Quebec where he was raised on a farm and hard work.  At the age of 19, his family moved to the Vars area where he would later settle and raise a family.  Wilf was a true entrepreneur at heart, a self-made man, selling firewood, running a tree cutting service, clearing snow at the hospitals, and later in life selling hardwood sideboards and straw.  For as long as he was able, hard work and making a dollar was what made him tick.  Determined by nature throughout his life, he was an inspiration in his strength and toughness right to the end.

The family would like to send heartfelt thanks to April Goodfellow for her devoted care over many years, and to Fran and Kerry Houlahan and Marian Gould-Chapman for their loving support in recent months.  Special thanks as well to Dr. Bence-Bruckler, Alana and team who cared for Wilf throughout his health struggles, and were instrumental in extending his life, as well as the Orleans Palliative Care Team for their support and kindness.

Friends and family may pay their respects at Heritage Funeral Complex, 1250 Trim Road, Orleans on Thursday March 30th, 2023 from 4PM to 6PM.

Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 17 First Avenue, Russell on Friday March 31st, 2023 at 11AM.

Online condolences may be made at www.heritagefh.ca.

In lieu of flowers, and if you so wish, in memoriam donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Trinity Bearbook Parish Cemetery.

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My deepest condolences to my friend Marian on the loss of her brother-in-law Wilf. I have had the pleasure of meeting Wilf’s wife, Berneice and extend my sympathy to her and family.
Irish quote: Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.

So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful husband , father, grandfather and friend. He will be missed by everyone.

My Deepest Sympathy To Berneice and Family 💕…Have some great memories of fun times we all used to have…unfortunately I will not be able to pay my respects or go to funeral as I’m out of town….

Berneice my deepest sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time. Always enjoyed my visits with you, Wilf and your beautiful family when I would go home. Take Care

Dear Berneice, Debbie, Kim, Mike and all Wilf’s family,
We are sending our deepest condolences. Wilf certainly fought and beat the odds for so many years and that’s a testimony to his work hard ethic and fighting spirit. May your memories warm your hearts during this difficult time.
Much love to you all ❤️

Bernice and Family
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time.

Sincere condolences to my dear friend Debbie and her whole family. Sending much love during this difficult time.

I would like to take this moment to send my sincere condolences to my aunt Berneice and her family for the passing of my dear uncle Wilfred. I will miss him dearly, especially in the last few years as I and my family enjoyed quality and memorable time with him and his wonderful family. I would also like to mention every moment that I got to chat with Uncle Wilfred, it always made me feel like I was talking to my own dad ‘Pat’, some of his ways and expressions, it made me feel so good inside, this I will truly miss a lot. May you rest in peace uncle Wilf.

Barbara, Charles & family

To Berneice, Debbie, Kim, Mike and family,

We want to express our sincere condolences to all of you. Sending you you all best wishes during this challenging time.

My Deepest condolences to My Sister ,& Nieces Nephew
on this sad time of Loosing Husband & Father,,,Wilf was 10 years Older than Me
He was Strong Person who Worked off the Land all of his Life ,,showed me How to Cut & work in the Bush got me Out of Jail took me in when I was Sort of Lost ,my Sister Bernice was there to help little Doug ,,,Now it’s her Time to Travel ::: Doug & Evelyn

My Sincere Condolences to all. Bernice it was nice that we had such a great visit a few years back at the Carlsbad Community Centre.
May you all cherish the great memories.
Dale (Hume)

I did not know Wilf personally but over the years through my friendship with Marian Gould-Chapman, I came to learn about Wilf, Bernice and their extended family. Marian spoke of them often, with much devotion, respect and humour. They both epitomized a strong work ethic, something to be proud of. I wish to extend my condolences to Bernice and family. May Wilf rest in peace.

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to Aunt Berneice and Family . I enjoyed seeing Uncle Wilf , Aunt Berneice and the whole family at my daughter’s Samantha’s (Jordan) wedding last summer. I have a lot of fond memories talking to Uncle Wilf , he reminded me so much of my dad ( Pat } . They were very alike in their ways , their expression and the unforgettable smile . Uncle Wilf will be truly missed, Rest in Peace Uncle Wilf .

I clearly recall the first of a couple of times Debbie had invited me over and I met her family. Mr. Young was pleasant and there was a good long session of teasing and jokes going around. Deb was slightly (blushing?) from one of the remarks and checking my eyes to subtly ask if I “got it”; Lol. (Was it something borderline naughty about a chicken crossing the road??? I vaguely recall…) It may seem like a small thing, but making the effort to put people at ease and creating a few fun moments to get some chuckles out of your daughter’s friend is a good deed that fills the heart with a smile and is never forgotten, even decades later… The other thing I know about Wilf and Bernice, is that they raised one of the most sincere, honest, hard working, kind, considerate, fun, reliable, smiling, supportive and intelligent of lifelong friends that I’ve known. I also know Kim to be a lovely person with a very big heart. Strong values and ethics are usually passed on from both parents and for that I am ever grateful to your legacy Mr. Young; RIP. To dear Bernice, Kim, Michael, Deb, spouses, grandchildren: my deepest sympathies and loving prayers for your being peaceful and well through this sad yet inevitable life transition.

Dear Debbie,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Deepest condolences to you, your mom and the whole family. You are in my thoughts.

Deepest sympathies to Auntie Berneice, Debbie, Kim, Mike and the Young family on the loss of your beloved patriarch.
Uncle Wilf was a character for whom I had a soft spot. I was invited into his life and home and had the honour of helping to care for him with his battle against lymphoma from the beginning. He was not easy going however an example of grit and resiliency, and he worked with me to get through what had to be done. He was a wonderful story teller, had the loveliest grin that lit up his whole face and curated a family who has showed up every day with love and support.
A more devoted family I have not seen, I applaud your huge efforts to make this journey gentler for him in so many ways.
With much love from my family to yours, now and always, April❤️

Berenice, Debbie, Kim, Michael and families
Sorrow to hear of Wilfred’s passing, he was a good honest hard working man

Sorry to hear of Uncle Wilf’s passing. I remember playing hide and seek in Uncle Wilf’s wood piles as kids and making sure not to knock anything over or else we’d have to re-pile it. My thoughts and prayers to Aunt Bernice, Debbie, Kim and Michael. Jamie & Family

My deepest condolences to Bernice ,Fran and family’s
Wilf used to deliver fire wood to us ,
My thoughts and prayers are youth you

With sympathy to Berneice & family,
Thinking of you and hoping your memories of special times help to bring you comfort.

I always enjoyed seeing Uncle Wilf at family gatherings and hearing stories about him and his siblings growing up on the farm. A recent FaceTime with Uncle Wilf and my mom, Jean, will be a cherished memory of mine. In honour of our family members who have passed, may we continue to share their stories❤️

Our deepest condolences to Berniece, Debbie, Kim, Mike, the Young and Goodfellow families.

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