OBITUARY

Lloyd Geoffrey Young

May 1, 1949January 31, 2019
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YOUNG, Lloyd Geoffrey “Geoff” 69, passed away unexpectedly January 31, 2019. Geoff was born May 2, 1949 in Manhattan Beach, California to Stanley Young and Bernice Shupe Young. After growing up in Japan, Kenya, Thailand, and the Philippines, Geoff returned to the United States to attend college at Claremont McKenna College in California and then law school at Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. Geoff practiced law in St. Petersburg and Tampa for over 40 years, building a successful real estate and bank oriented practice. Geoff had a wide range of interests in life, all of which he pursued enthusiastically. Those included a lifelong love of the water, boating, and scuba diving. Geoff’s love of scuba diving in Mexico led him to cenote diving in the cave systems of the Yucatan peninsula. There, he befriended Guillermo “Memo” de Anda, a professor of underwater archeology. This friendship led Geoff to participate in and underwrite, with funds and equipment, explorative expeditions that led to valuable discoveries and preservation of ancient Mayan civilization. Friends will remember Geoff for his intense loyalty, his exuberance for life, his wit (often expressed through incisive cartoon drawings), his love of fine wine, and his appreciation of beauty, exemplified in his wife, Melisa, his constant partner in the water, on the tennis court, and at the drawing table, where together they designed their dream home on St. Pete Beach. With his passing, the world lost a vastly unique, generous, kind, and caring person. He will be missed beyond words. Geoff is survived by his loving wife, Melisa Ann French; his daughter, Alisa Heedy (David); his stepson, David; his brother, Jordan; Jordan’s wife, Bettie; and their three children, Jordan Keith, Shea, and Troy; and his half-brother, Wayne. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Geoff Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1-4 pm, at the TradeWinds Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. Anyone wishing to remember Geoff with a donation may make one in his name to the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, FL 33773. Arrangements by Beach Memorial Chapel, St Pete Beach 360-5577. The family requests that attendees dress in beach casual attire. Complimentary free self parking at the TradeWinds Resort. The location of the Life Celebration is at the South Beach Lawn of the TradeWinds Resort. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

Services

23 February

Celebration of life Service

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TradeWinds Resort- South Beach Lawn

5500 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FL 33706

REMEMBERING

Lloyd Geoffrey Young

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Mary Cochran

February 14, 2019

I was just a legal secretary twenty years ago at Ruden. I had recently asked Geoff for a reference (which I had previously), and he has always come through. On December 20th I sent him an update about how my life was going and a thank you, and received his response, Mary, I hope things work out for you. I am a better person for having worked for/with Geoff, and he contributed greatly to my sense of polish.

PJ Cook

February 13, 2019

Geoff literally got our entire family into the incredible sport of SCUBA! My son Blake went on numerous Keys and Cavern trips with Geoff and got his advanced card with Geoff on the Speigal Grove in the Keys. What a fantastic person who always had a deep love for his family as well as SCUBA. Thanks for sharing this wonderful world undersea with our family. You live on through us my friend!

Paul Ayotte

February 13, 2019

Geoff was the best in connecting people with similar interests and beliefs. My condolences to the entire family as he will be missed by many many people.

Sandy Witt

February 8, 2019

One of the best times of my life diving in Aruba and riding a horse on the beach with Geoff and Melissa and our daughter and their kids and Melissa’s parents. Thanks for all the great times

Dee Thompson

February 8, 2019

My introduction to Geoff was thru Melissa on the tennis court. I knew right away he was a special person. They both have such a love of life and all their hobbies, family, friends, good wine, food, dogs and passion for all around them. Geoff, you will be missed by many. God Bless you Melissa and you family. Hugs, Dee

Joan Adair

February 8, 2019

I have fond memories of Geoffrey and Melissa who took me under their wings when I was alone on a diving trip to San Salvodor Island. They treated me like family and this meant so much to me. We again did another diving trip the following year. I always marveled how Geoffrey was so calm, cool and collected within himself while diving under the ocean waves. My condolances to all of the family.

Ivette Arroyo

February 8, 2019

When the world loses a kind and generous soul, a very large void remains. In the short time I knew Geoff, I could see his inner light shine from within. His spontaneous and humorous cartoons were signs of his joyfulness and his smile gave a warmth that put everyone at ease.
My deepest condolences to the family for the loss of such a special man. I pray the memories and love you shared with Geoff will bring you solace and comfort during this difficult time. My prayers are with you.

Allen Brinkman

February 6, 2019

Geoff will always be within our heart and the many others that loved him. He was man of sincerity, joy, and wisdom. A role model and beacon for many.

He will be missed greatly.

Patti Wooten Thompson

February 6, 2019

So very sorry and deeply saddened to hear of Geoff's passing. I have so many fond memories of Geoff, he was a good man and friend...such a joy to be around. He will be missed and will always be remembered.
Sending prayers for healing and love for comfort to Melisa and all his family ❤

Pat Blount

February 6, 2019

Geoff was the ultimate connector, he introduced me to so many wonderful people that all called him “friend.” What a generous and kind human being. Melisa I pray for your peace - he will be sorely missed. Pat & Vicki Blount

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Biography

YOUNG, Lloyd Geoffrey “Geoff” 69, passed away unexpectedly January 31, 2019. Geoff was born May 2, 1949 in Manhattan Beach, California to Stanley Young and Bernice Shupe Young. After growing up in Japan, Kenya, Thailand, and the Philippines, Geoff returned to the United States to attend college at Claremont McKenna College in California and then law school at Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. Geoff practiced law in St. Petersburg and Tampa for over 40 years, building a successful real estate and bank oriented practice. Geoff had a wide range of interests in life, all of which he pursued enthusiastically. Those included a lifelong love of the water, boating, and scuba diving. Geoff’s love of scuba diving in Mexico led him to cenote diving in the cave systems of the Yucatan peninsula. There, he befriended Guillermo “Memo” de Anda, a professor of underwater archeology. This friendship led Geoff to participate in and underwrite, with funds and equipment, explorative expeditions that led to valuable discoveries and preservation of ancient Mayan civilization. Friends will remember Geoff for his intense loyalty, his exuberance for life, his wit (often expressed through incisive cartoon drawings), his love of fine wine, and his appreciation of beauty, exemplified in his wife, Melisa, his constant partner in the water, on the tennis court, and at the drawing table, where together they designed their dream home on St. Pete Beach. With his passing, the world lost a vastly unique, generous, kind, and caring person. He will be missed beyond words. Geoff is survived by his loving wife, Melisa Ann French; his daughter, Alisa Heedy (David); his stepson, David; his brother, Jordan; Jordan’s wife, Bettie; and their three children, Jordan Keith, Shea, and Troy; and his half-brother, Wayne. The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for Geoff Saturday, February 23, 2019, 1-4 pm, at the TradeWinds Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach, FL 33706. Anyone wishing to remember Geoff with a donation may make one in his name to the SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave. N., Largo, FL 33773. Arrangements by Beach Memorial Chapel, St Pete Beach 360-5577. The family requests that attendees dress in beach casual attire. Complimentary free self parking at the TradeWinds Resort. The location of the Life Celebration is at the South Beach Lawn of the TradeWinds Resort. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be provided.