Reverend Allan Young
February 28, 1935 – August 10, 2018
Rev. Allan Young passed away in Lacombe, AB on August 10, 2018 at the age of 83 from renal failure. Allan was born in Toronto, ON. He was predeceased by his younger brother Donald. Allan enjoyed spending time with family, whistling, doing crosswords, driving on roads less travelled, sketching, listening to music as well as playing the clarinet and saxophone.
Allan had a very fulfilling life having had several different careers which provided the opportunity to travel throughout Canada. He was in the RCAF in Claresholm, AB where he met his wife of 61 years, Jeanette. When he left the Air Force he worked for the Bell Telephone Company in Ontario for many years. Allan and Jeanette decided to take a large leap of faith to attend The Salvation Army Training College in Toronto, ON to become Officers where they spent two years in Bell’s Corners, ON and two years in Verdun, QC spreading the Word of God. Allan also had the opportunity to be Chaplain for the OPP during these years and thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship of these heroes/friends.
At the age of 40, Allan decided to become a Presbyterian Minister and attended the Presbyterian College at McGill University. He was a student minister in Inverness, QC while attending college in Montreal. Allan’s first challenge after he graduated was to start Faith Presbyterian Church in Fort McMurray, AB which was a total success! He was also Chaplain for the RCMP in many of the cities he had ministries in. This included Fort McMurray, AB, Tumbler Ridge, BC and the RCMP “K” division in Edmonton, AB. Allan was known for his kindness, caring and very approachable manner.
Allan participated in shared, remote, inner-city and rural ministries. He was able to make the bible come alive in his sermons with his enthusiastic personality. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him for his active comments, his down-to-earth attire, sharp wit, quick sense of humour and intelligence at Presbytery meetings.
He is survived by his wife Jeanette, his daughter Kimberley (Glenn), his son Doug (Shauna), his grandchildren April, Jory, Angelia and Daylin, and his great-grandson Linken.
Allan’s favourite saying when given a large slice of lemon pie was “I’ve died and gone to Heaven”! We bet there’s lots of lemon pie in Heaven!
No services will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice, The Presbyterian Church in Canada www.presbyterian.ca or The Red Deer Regional Health Foundation “In memory of Rev. Allan Young/dialysis unit”.