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Lionel John Young

December 26, 1949 ~ November 13, 2022 (age 72) 72 Years Old


It is with deep sadness and heartache the family announces the passing of a loving husband, dad, grandfather and friend. Lionel was a remarkable man, who had a true zest for life. Whatever he did, he did with passion, dedication and kindness.

His deepest passion was lobster fishing and being the Captain of the Dover Pride; and sailing the deep blue sea. He loved being a fisherman, and he made working hard for 58 years for his family look easy.

In his early years he worked for Dalhousie University. However, his true calling saw him head to sea working for National Sea Products, where he fished on many draggers. He was a member of PAFFA and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years, and helped in the Swiss Air Recovery.

Lionel had many hobbies over the years and met many life long friends along the way. From hunting, fishing, hockey, baseball, bingo, watching his favourite tv shows and movies, and of late camping at LaHave River Campground. Where he met new friends and enjoyed the camaraderie while drinking his tea by the river. 

He had many memorable adventures with Florence particularly his trip to Toronto to “coach” his favourite team the Blue Jays. Seeing Niagara Falls, a trip to Newfoundland to watch his grandson play hockey and be “Don Cherry”. Other highlights were his trip out west to Calgary and traveling over the Rockies and visiting the wineries and picking cherries in the Okanagan. His favourite trip was a southern Caribbean cruise. Being a simple man, he was most fascinated with the size of the ship and the endless amounts of ice cream machines and food.

His biggest joy in life was his family and he never hesitated to tell anyone how proud he was of them all.

He married his sweetheart Florence in 1969 and made many memories. Together they built a family a son, Lionel Jr. (Leanne), Michelle (Bradley) & Melissa. He brought up his nephew Howard (Mary) who was like a son to him. His heart was large, particularly for his grandchildren who were his pride and joy; Makayla, Jeffrey(Emily), Keirsten, Liam, Lynn, Tanya and Angela and great-grandchildren Heidi, Michael, Anthony, Riley and Zoe.

Lionel had many nieces and nephews who he adored, especially his niece Jannie (Chris “Big Guy”) and her family and his special boys Anthony and Keaton who fondly called him Uncle. He held a special place in his heart for his great-nephew Mike (Kim) and their loving family. 

He will be greeted with open arms by his late parents Lionel Eugene and mother Ina Mae. He is survived by his sister Elaine, Edmonton, AB and her son Randy, brother-in-law Glennie and sister-in-law Sues. 

He will be missed dearly by his best friend John Wolfe and extended family who called him dad; Rod, Wendy, Darla, Sheri, Cynthia and Shelley. Although semi-retired he lobster fished right up until his health failed with buddies Gizzle, Alex, Clyde and Hunkie. He loved coiling rope with his little buddy Ben and fixing lobster traps with Bella.

Special thanks to family and friends of our little fishing village by the sea who brought food, flowers and came to visit and talk a good story with him, he loved to have a good yarn!

Cremation has taken place under the direction of East Coast Memorial and there will be no service at his request. A celebration of life for family will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Harris Crooks, Dr. Stephanie Snow, the Palliative Care team and all the nurses and doctors in the QEII Emergency room for the wonderful care. Special thanks to EHS paramedics, to Gareth from VON, and Rev. Margie for at home visits. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to support the QEII Foundation’s - CT Simulator campaign.

“Fair winds and following seas Skipper”


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