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Robert E. Young, Sr.

October 31, 1932 — October 19, 2023

Shrewsbury, MA

Shrewsbury – Bob Young will be remembered as an intelligent man, an independent and critical thinker, and one who you could always trust to give an honest answer … whether you were expecting such honesty or not. He will also be remembered as a solid, down-to-earth guy with a mischievous sense of humor peppered in with just the right helping of insightful sarcasm and wit.

Bob died on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at UMASS Medical Center. He was 90 years young.

Robert E. Young was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 31, 1932 the only son of the late William V. and Mary (Joseph) Young. He moved with his family to Auburn, MA just prior to his senior year, graduated from Auburn High School and later earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire.  He served honorably in the United States Army.

He married Barbara A. Morano on October 9, 1954, in her parish church of Saint Stephen’s on Grafton Hill in Worcester. An only child, Bob married into a large Italian family who he was convinced were related to everyone in the Worcester area. He loved being a part of Barbara’s vast and deeply connected clan ... both immediate and extended. Shrewsbury has been home for them for many years.

For over twenty years Bob worked as a career counselor for the City of Worcester. He was instrumental in helping countless young students find their correct path – often after their recognizing they’d been on the wrong one for a little bit. Previously he worked as a plumbing supply salesman for Sexauer Corporation based in White Plains, New York.

Bob loved the outdoors. He loved hiking, fishing and range shooting with any of his many firearms – several of which were collectibles – an activity he especially enjoyed with his son, Jimmy.

In addition to his wife of 69 years, Barbara, he leaves his sons, Robert E. Young, Jr. (Ruth Duquette) and James Young, all of Shrewsbury. He was predeceased by his infant son, William ‘Billy’ Young (1963); he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Bob's life by gathering for visitation on Wednesday, October 25th at Saint Anne's Church, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. His funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon. Burial with military honors will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Shrewsbury.

Memorials in his name may be made to Saint Anne's Church, Human Services, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street, Waltham.

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