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Richard P. Young

August 24, 1954 ~ October 30, 2018 (age 64)

Richard P. Young, 64, of Clearwater, FL passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2018. He was born August 24, 1954 in Brockton, MA to Alphonse and Eleanor (nee' Jacobson) Young, who predeceased him. He was the loving father to Megan. He was a man of many talents who overcame impossible odds and possessed an unparalleled work ethic. He grew up spending summers on Woods Pond in Middleboro, Massachusetts where he learned to love fishing, boating, and water skiing. He had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master of the art of the inside joke.

He spent most of his life in Brockton MA. His keen sense of direction lent well to his career as an arts handler and shipper driving fine art across the country. He was nicknamed Hawkeye by his driving partners for his ability to spot anything and everything from the driver's seat. A bartender, a fine art handler, a champion dart and pool player, and the life of every party Rick moved to Florida in 2004. Later in life he followed in his father’s footsteps by turning trash into treasure--collecting all sorts of furniture to repair and sell in his spare time.

Ricky, known to friends as Deke, was a free spirit who beat to the rhythm of his own drum, and was always a sucker for a fast car. He knew he was a great dancer but thought he was a great karaoke singer. He was loyal to a fault and he always believed in second chances.

Above all Rick loved being a father. He taught his daughter to appreciate classic rock, hockey, and art. They enjoyed Rolling Stones concerts and attending Boston sports games together. Meg would attend every opening day of the Boston Red Sox season with Rick. When it came to his daughter’s hockey games, he watched them all. They spent the entire ride home listening to the Grateful dead, reliving every play of the game, win or lose. He took pride in everything she did.

He had a wiffle ball pitch that was impossible to hit and bright Converse sneakers that were impossible to miss! He hated heights but  was always convinced to face them. Meg once asked him to go to the top of the Seattle space needle where he almost had a panic attack in the elevator. He saw the good in everybody. He had a compassionate heart and never made it through The Lion King without crying.

He is survived by his daughter Megan and her fiance Jordan; his brothers, Alan and wife Lois, Donald and wife Ann, Robert and wife Carol, and his sister Cheryl and husband Bob. He was also the beloved uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 North Main St., Brockton on Saturday, November 10th at 10:30 a.m. with visitation beginning at 9:30 am. Burial to immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery. Please join the family for a celebration of Rick’s life at the Chateau Restaurant in Stoughton. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Florida 180 Project (www.project180reentry.org). Project 180 is a program that provides workforce education and services to assist inmates transitioning back to their communities. Project 180 seeks to build community, not prisons.

 

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