Andrew Bryson Young
September 25, 1934 – February 13, 2013
The life and career of Dr. Andrew B. Young - family physician, professional delegate, community organizer, loyal companion and beloved father - came to a close on Wednesday, February 13 in the late afternoon. Dr. Young had struggled with an escalating illness since the previous summer, and was transferred to hospice care in Chilliwack only days before, where he passed away surrounded by his treasured family and devoted friends. He was seventy-eight. A profound sense of loss is deeply felt by his wife Marilyn; by his daughters Cathy and Sharon; by his sons Brian, Don and David; by his grandchildren James, Lindsay, Daryl, Andrew, Mackenzie and Madalynn; by his brother Archie and his sisters Isobel and Jean; as well as by his many nieces and nephews and their families. This sad deprivation is shared by a sizable company of Dr. Young's lifelong friends, and by the community, the profession and the country which he served with such enthusiasm, and in which he so earnestly believed."Drew" was born in 1934, the eighth child of John and Mary Young (nee Bryson). His parents had immigrated to British Columbia from Scotland five years before, his father taking up a new situation as herdsman and stock manager to the nascent Faculty of Agriculture at the University of British Columbia. Excepting the loss of two brothers, one to illness and one to the Canadian war effort, Drew's young life was blithe and happy, spent at University Hill School under the sternly benevolent tutelage of Miss Skelton, playing basketball and baseball with bosom pals Don Gunning and Herb Forward, serving on the student council, and assisting his father in the running of the University Dairy. Drew's memories of those years were of a "forest freedom" and youthful riot such as is known by too few youngsters today. He went on to attend UBC in the Faculty of Sciences, where a strong academic showing allowed him to enter the sixth class of the new UBC Medical School, having completed only three years as an undergraduate. He graduated UBC Med in 1959, followed by an internship at Calgary General Hospital, having married the love of his life, Marilyn Gowan, two years before. The young couple settled in the eastern Fraser Valley, in the farming and then military town of Chilliwack, and had five children. Drew took up a large family practice with full hospital privileges, running a clinic with his brother Dr. Archie Young, a partnership that was to last for thirty-five years. "Dr. Drew" became known to the people of the valley as a physician of exemplary patience and compassion, in whose presence no ailing soul ever felt neglected or forgotten. For Marilyn and his children at home, for the fledgling Chilliwack YMCA, for his colleagues and his community, he built a good life. The Young family occupied its time with sport - skiing and swimming, golf and basketball, board games and bridge; with summer travel to virtually every corner of the B.C. wilderness; and with reading and study of all manner of topics, from Canadian politics to Darwinian evolution, these often occasioning perfervid discussion around the family dinner table, where Drew's skills as moderator were much required. Christmas Eve at the Young household was typically a crowded affair, involving a large cohort of family friends, as well as a multitude of Drew's patients from all walks of valley life, dropping off tokens of gratitude to the family doctor who had shown them such empathy in time of need. Apart from his private practice, Dr. Young's career as public servant and representative of the Canadian medical profession was perhaps the contribution in which he took the most pride. In 1976, he became a delegate to the B.C. Medical Association's board of directors, the beginning of a commitment that was to last for more than a decade. He was eventually to serve with distinction as Chairman of the B.C.M.A. Economic Committee, Chairman of the Canadian Medical Association Council on Health Care, delegate to the C.M.A. General Council, Member At Large of the B.C.M.A. Executive, as well as a member of many other professional commissions. His colleagues remember him as an accomplished "consensus builder" whose inexhaustible goodwill and rational faith in his peers was an inspiration. In 1994 the UBC Medical Alumni presented him the Dr. Wallace Wilson Leadership Award. This was followed in 1996 by the B.C.M.A. Dr. David Bachop Gold Medal in recognition of an outstanding contribution to health care by a family practitioner in the province; and in 2003 by the B.C.M.A. Silver Medal of Service for dedication to patient care and service to organized medicine. If Drew Young himself had been given the opportunity to sum up the entirety of his own active and prosperous life, he would have said simply that he felt so lucky, and so very grateful. Funeral Service is to be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chilliwack United Church, 45835 Spadina Ave, Chilliwack, BC. In lieu of flowers or any other offerings, donations can be made to the "Drew Young Memorial Fund", being held In Trust by the "Chilliwack Hospital & Health Care Foundation" (CHHCF). Funds allocated to this memorial will, at the discretion of Dr. Young's family, be donated to a cause related to Hospital/Health Care initiatives at Chilliwack General Hospital. Please visit the CHHCF website at www.chhcf.org, or by phone at 604-702-9506 to make a donation. www.hendersonsfunerals.com
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Oliver (Julian) Dudley
June 16, 2013
Although it has been lo these many years since I was in the house on Elm/Juniper, I remember the father of my friend Brian with fondness, and wish him godspeed on the new journey, wherever it may take him.
May 15, 2013
I remember Drew fondly and with great admiration and respect. He took me under his wing as the new Secretary for the BCMA Economics Committee and helped me greatly. He was the Chair of that Committee for many years and I regarded him as our fearless leader. He always had comical sayings and "Drewisms" that I'll never forget. I am so sad to hear of his passing but so happy that I had a chance to know him.
My deepest sympathy to Marily and his family.
Juliann Officer, Vancouver BC
April 6, 2013
Cathy and family,
My condolences to you and your family for your loss.
May God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
Lena (Neels) Adams
Neil D. Fraser
February 25, 2013
Drew exuded energy, warmth & charisma ; he was an accomplished doctor , father , husband , medical organizer, brother and uncle . His strong personality and good humour will be missed by all ; he left us too soon , but with memories to last a lifetime ...
Deepest sympathies to Marilyn, Cathy, Sharon, Brian, Donald, David and families ,
Our Love , From all of Aunt Isobel (Young) Fraser's family(Our Mum will sorely miss her "baby brother".)
February 23, 2013
Condolences to the family for Uncle Drew's death. I have fond memories of the visits Uncle Drew made to Ottawa over the years. May he rest in peace. Valerie and Henk Hoogland
February 23, 2013
As a boy in wood-working class, Drew Young proudly engraved "VL" on a 1-inch-thick piece of pine for older brother Dave's girlfriend Vere Lindon. We set our teapot onto that wee item daily when at the Young cottage in Cawood, Quebec. Sandy, Margaret, Daphne, and Val will remember both uncle Drew and their Mom fondly with each cup-a-tea we drink there. There will be many.
February 22, 2013
My deepest sympathies to Aunt Marilyn and the family. He will be dearly missed.
Daphne, Mike, Jesse and James
February 21, 2013
Drew was more than my Doctor, he was a friend & confidant whoe truly cared. Our whole family miss him dearly.
February 21, 2013
Many fond memories of my times with my cousins and my Aunt Marylin and Uncle Drew.
Glen & Jean Smith
February 21, 2013
Drew was a great brother and in-law.He introduced Glen to Jean Young, his sister, in 1956. Thanks Drew for your life of accomplishments and raising a great family.. You will be sorely missed by us all. Congratulations on a job well done.
Signed: Jean and Glen Smith