NATICK – Patrick A. Young, 76, passed away on February 14, 2021 at his life-long home in East Natick after a rapid progression of Lewy Body Dementia. Pat was surrounded by love, prayer and Irish Music.
Patrick was a loving Son of the late Francis Allan Young, and Mary M. (Rogers). The most amazing , generous Brother of Mary Farrar of Ashland, Sheila Young of Natick, and the late James J. Young. He was the most giving Uncle of Paula LeBlanc and her husband Jeff , Patrick Young, Teresa Tronerud and her husband Jason and Linda Brady. Great-uncle of Matthew, Sean, and Meaghan Brady, Kyle and late Connor Tronerud and Patrick Leblanc.
Patrick was a 1963 graduate of Natick High School.
After graduation he worked for a short time at Wellesley College in maintenance and security before enlisting in the United States Coast Guard. Pat served his county from 1965 – 1971.
While serving his country, Pat was stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter Staten Island East Wind (WA-278)
In 1969, after an honorable discharge from the Coast Guard active duty, Pat began his career as a Utility Worker for Boston Edison/NSTAR where he worked for 35 years before retiring in 2004. Pat began as a lineman and progressed thru the line ranks to a troubleshooter. He spent his entire 35 years at the Framingham Service Center. Upon his retirement, an employee of the month award was started in Pat’s honor.
While working as a utility worker, Pat became very passionate for the safety and wellbeing of his fellow workers. He is a Honorary lifetime member of the Utility Workers Union of America U.W.U.A Local 369 union. While actively serving the union, Pat was a union steward, chief steward and served the office of the executive board members for the Utility Workers of America representing the local U.W.U.A 369 overhead Lineman. Pat’s work in union did not end with his fellow workers, he was the chairman of the Veterans Committee for Local 369. As chairman he worked tirelessly running fundraisers, raffles, and clothing drives for the men and women’s homeless shelters in Boston.
Pat also worked tirelessly raising funds for the Fisher Houses at Walter Reed Medical Center.
For Over 30 years Patrick was an active member of the Natick Veteran’s Council. As a member of the council he served as a past president as the Officer of the day for 30 plus years. As officer of the day, Patrick marched in every Veteran’s and Memorial Day Parade and participated in every Pearl Harbor Event as well as every Natick Veteran Square Dedication. He was also responsible for placing wreaths, flags and geraniums on all Natick Veteran’s squares every Memorial day.
Pat was also a member of the Natick American Legion Post 107 and the Natick AMVET Post 79 where he served as Post Commander, Provost Marshall and started their first Honor Guard. In 1977 he was awarded the Massachusetts AMVET of the year award.
As a life-long resident of Natick, Pat was dedicated to helping his community. Pat was instrumental for installing the lighting at the Natick High Football, Baseball and Soccer Fields. Pat also served as a Town Meeting Member and was always there to lend a hand to a neighbor or a friend. He was a true friend to so many. Pat also served his church community of St Linus as an usher at the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday.
Patrick was always willing to help and serve others. He was very humble and private about his efforts and never wanted anything in return. Pat received numerous distinguished awards for his accomplishments . Some of these awards include, Elks distinguished Citizenship award, Marine Corps League Gung Ho Community Service Award, Honorary Lifetime Membership Utility Workers Union of America, AFl-CI0, as well as two citations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, one for his dedication to his union, community and his country in celebration of his retirement from NSTAR and one for receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFL-CIO for 35 years of dedicated service to the labor movement.
When Pat was not helping others he enjoyed spending time at Cape Cod fishing and spending time on his boat, the Emerald Tide. He could also be found in the Natick Town Forest walking his beloved dog Murphy.
The Family would like to express their appreciation for the excellent care and Compassion provided to Pat by The Natick Walpole VNA, Good Shepherd Community Care and the East Natick Fire Department.
Once the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions are lifted, The family plans to hold a reception in his honor to celebrate his life and accomplishments.
Funeral from the John Everett &Sons Funeral Home, 4 Park St., NATICK COMMON, on Monday February 22, 2021 at 9 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Linus Church, Natick, at 10 a.m.Visiting hours in the funeral home on Sunday February 21, 2021 from 2 to 6 p.m.
Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Natick.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Patrick’s Memory to LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Association) www.lbda.org