John Young 25 November 1950 – 30th December 2011
Our brother John died just the other day on 30th December 2011. It was very unexpected as he had been not been ill and had been very well and happy just the day before.
In many ways John could be considered to have had a very sad, even tragic, life as he acquired brain damage when he was only nine years old after contracting tetanus.
John had a number of disabilities including severe epilepsy and short term memory. Eleven years ago he sustained an injury while in hospital and this left him unable to walk without support and more recently he has been confined to a wheelchair.
Despite all John’s problems, he was a wonderful person. He was polite, considerate and loving and he brought joy into the lives of everyone who knew him. He took a lot of pleasure from simple things and loved going on outings, reading his books, watching television and most of all he loved to laugh and joke. Thankfully he did not suffer a long and painful illness and he was laughing and cracking jokes the day before he died.
John is going to leave a huge gap in our lives.
In Pat’s house speaking on the phone to his sister Catherine in Canada
John with his two carers and best friends, Allan and Mo, at his 60th birthday party
Gibson Street Gala
John going for a run in the car.
With brother Drew at Old Kilpatrick Gala Day
John with his brother Liam
John with Caitlin and Ryan
John at the allotment with Mo
John with Danny and owl and at Canal Festival with Paula, Allan and Ryan
John as Pope John at Hallowe’en
John loved going to the allotment
John with old school friends Brenda and Kathleen
Gala day in Old Kilpatrick
Some older photographs
Before John had his accident – this is him with Catherine and Danny and John is holding the baby Roger.
Another family snap with John in the middle – also before his accident
When John came home from hospital – with our dad.
Seven of us at Danny’s Wedding. Roger, Catherine, Drew, Liam, John, Pat, Danny
Pat, Roger, John and Drew
Roger McColgan Young – our other brother who died in August, 2003.
Very sad to hear john has passed away, I can remember playing on the swings with john at the Callie and having good days when we were young, John was a very happy and great natured person, a very sad loss, truly missed, you probably cannot remember me but Drew will know who I am as we had really good days together and our love of music, say hello to him for me and give all my love to roger and the family. John you will be sorely missed my son, rest in piece mate, Bill low in essex xxx
sorry for your loss jason | Thu Dec 12 2013
Pat – thanks for sharing your lovely family photos – you were all blessed to have such a wonderful brother as John and he was blessed to have such a caring family. He is waatching over all of you now and will take care of you.
Maureen Smith Cochrane | Wed Feb 15 2012
Hi Pat, I was looking for Drew as I lost his number and saw your sad news. I am very sorry to read about John and Roger. They are great photos. I hope you and Michael and John are well and enjoying life.
Fran Cantelo | Sat Feb 11 2012
Hi Pat, Sorry to hear of your loss.
westender | Mon Jan 16 2012
Our beloved John meant the world to all his brothers and sisters. Although I am far away in Canada and did not get to see John as often, when we spoke on the phone, his laughter and rhymes made my day. John RIP you will be missed so much but never forgotten. Your sister, Catherine, brother in law, Alastair,and Lauren and Sean.
Catherine Aitken | Sat Jan 07 2012
So sorry to hear about your brother John. Looks like he will be well remembered. Great pics Pat. Best John
John Honeyman | Fri Jan 06 2012
You will miss him very much Auntie Pat. Rest in Peace Uncle John, love your niece Lauren in Canada
Lauren | Fri Jan 06 2012
hi pat looking at all the great photos all the great times came flooding back john was a great friend not just somebody to care for he will be missed dearly x
maurice | Thu Jan 05 2012
Pat, these are such lovely photographs which capture the happiness that John brought to all your lives. John will be sorely missed. Val xxx
Val Tonner | Tue Jan 03 2012
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