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Donald Young

November 14, 1927 June 17, 2021
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Wednesday, June 23rd 2021 - 10:00 AM - Wood Funeral Home, Inc.

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Life story

Donald Arthur Young passed away peacefully June 17, 2021, at the tender age of
93 years old in Philadelphia, PA. His battle with a serious medical issue in recent
years showed his courage and strength in facing life’s challenges and he remained
strong until the end.

Donald Arthur Young was born on November 14, 1927, in Philadelphia, PA. He
was the youngest child to the Reverend Edgar C. Young and Myra Reynolds Young.

Donald graduated from West Philadelphia High School and attended West Virginia
State College and Temple University.

In his early adult life Donald was a Youth Worker and leader at the Western
Community House in South Philadelphia, the Friends Neighborhood Guild in North
Philadelphia, and the Parkside YMCA in West Philadelphia. Donald also was a Lt.
District Governor for the South East Pennsylvania Region of Y’s Men Club. He later
became Chairman of the Parkside Y Board of Managers.

Donald later worked as a Senior Visitor for the Philadelphian Board of Public
Assistance until he and his brother Stanley opened a Service Station in West
Philadelphia. After running a successful business, Gulf Oil Company recruited him
to be one of their first African American Sales Representatives. His successes
continued and he was promoted to a Dealer Training Position in the Baltimore
Washington DC area. He later was promoted to Sales Supervisor in Boston, MA,
which led to another position of District Sales Manager in Wilmington, DE.
Donald retired from Gulf Oil Company in 1983 after 22 years of service. After retirement
he started his own Wholesale Oil Company, Alpine Fuel, Inc., with his wife Alice.

Donald grew up in Phillips Brooks Memorial Chapel, (now St. Phillips Episcopal
Church) under the rectorship and guidance of his father, Rev. Edgar Young. He
transferred to the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas where he became a
dedicated member. Donald served on the Auxiliary Vestry and later became a
member of the Vestry and Senior Warden to the Rector. He also served as the
President of the Jesse F. Anderson Scholarship Fund. Donald was a member of
Club Regals, the BroFellian, The Olde Philadelphia Club and the Episcopal Church

Donald married Alice Rose in June 1982 and their union lasted 39 years.

He is survived by two daughters, Donna Young-Talley, Son-in-Law Kevin Talley,
Gail Young, and a grandson Rickey Young. Donald was a dedicated uncle to a host
of nieces, and nephews: Carole (Eric) Townsend Harrell, Wanda Ganswith,
Margaret (Peter) Hurst and Linda (David) Harris, Harold Young, Stanley (Margaret)
Young, William Burke, Edgar (Loribeth) Young. He is also survived by three cousins
Jimmy and Richard Jones and Barbara Wiley.

Donald will truly be missed, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and
friend, who gave of himself unselfishly for the wellbeing of his family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Jesse F. Anderson
Sr. Scholarship Fund: The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster
Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Main Line Health Homecare and
Hospice for their support in Donald’s final days.
Lovingly Submitted, The Young Family,

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10:00 AM 6/23/2021 10:00:00 AM
Wood Funeral Home, Inc.

5537-39 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Wood Funeral Home, Inc.
5537-39 W. Girard Ave. Philadelphia 19131 PA
United States

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