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T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel

755 George Street, Sydney, NS

OBITUARY

Debra Lenora Young

May 28, 1957June 19, 2020
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It`s with broken hearts we the family of Debra Lenora Young regret to announce her passing Friday, June 19,2020 at home with her loving family at her side. Debbie was born in Sydney May 28th. 1957, to the late Reg and Anne Reynolds. After graduation from Holy Angels High, Debbie moved on to Halifax where she began her working career at Bird Stairs. After meeting her future husband Tommy, she moved back to Sydney, working for Devco for 22 years. She moved on to the career center in North Sydney, followed by several years of service to the Sydney Coal Railway. Debbie`s working career continued with stops at Marquis Realty, and Roger Burns Realty. These were Debbie`s paying jobs. Her work schedule never ever ended at 5 o`clock. Being a mother was Debbie`s greatest accomplishment. Debbie`s whole life was devoted to raising her two children. Debbie was always involved in every aspect of her children`s lives. She would teach them not only their schoolwork, but also how to conduct their lives in the way she conducted hers. A tireless volunteer, with not only all of the various athletic teams the children were involved with, but also the fund raising, the week-end tournaments across the Maritimes, the cold early mornings at the rinks, along with managing many of the teams and leagues. That alone would tire most people, but not Debbie. She was a member of Sydney Academy advisory board. She taught religion classes at St. Joseph`s church in Sydney for many years along with coordinating the Eucharistic Ministers, and a member of the CWL. The Hospital Foundation was one of many organizations that benefited from Debbie`s infectious enthusiasm. Debbie was like a speeding comet who gathered many in her wake. Being a part of the Festival of the Greens was one of her greatest achievements. Throughout her life she continued to give of her time and talents to the community she loved. She sat on many boards in her life and every one of them has been enriched because of her presence. Her last huge volunteer effort was The Royal Canadian Legion National Track and Field Games, held at CBU in August of 2019. Her husband was the local chair of the event, but most people know that Debbie`s cool guiding hand was at the helm. Debbie was first diagnosed with cancer July of 2011. She promised herself that that would not stop her and it did not. In February of 2019, again she was diagnosed with cancer, but it did not stop her. She would get off the chemo chair and come to CBU to assist in running the track meet. On May the 29th. 2020 again the devastating news that it was back. Throughout Debbie`s life she has touched the lives of many people. Her footprint in this community is very large. It`s been said many times that to know Debbie was to love Debbie. She was loved and will be missed by so very many. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her father-in-law Weldon, brothers-in-law Allan Young, and Jon Clipperton. Debbie is survived by her husband of forty years Tom, son Joel (Vickie) daughter Shannon (Andrew), and her precious grand-children Blake, Wolf, and Dylan. mother-in-law, Mary Young. Debra was a loving sister to Edward Reynolds (Patsy), Marie Clipperton, Regina Doherty, Kelly Lawrence (Oriville). Sisters-in-law, Hillary, Judi Macleod (Brian), Dede Young, brothers-in-law, Brian (Norma), Danny (Dale), Greg (Brenda) , loved niece of, Ron and Barbara Fitzgerald, Marie and Leo Hogan, Pat and Sandra Reynolds, Theresa Reynolds, Mamie Yetman. Worshiped “Auntie” to many nieces, nephews, and Godchildren, along with many cousins. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 from 2-4 & 7-9 at TW Curry Parkview Chapel. As we are still required to practice social distancing we would ask that you call TW Curry at (902) 539-3002 to schedule a visitation time. A Funeral service will be livestreamed on TW Curry’s Facebook page on Wednesday, June 24 starting at 11:00am. Memories and condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting www.twcurry.com. As per Debbie`s wish, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Debbie`s memory be made to the Cape Breton Hospice Build Campaign. Debbie was a deeply dedicated volunteer, and worked tirelessly on behalf of the Cape Breton Hospice Project. I love you I said As I walk along in step with thee, I know someday that I will hear I love you more said she

  • FAMILY

  • Tom Young, Husband
  • Reg Reynolds, Father (deceased)
  • Anne Reynolds, Mother (deceased)
  • Joel (Vickie), Son
  • Shannon (Andrew), Daughter
  • Blake, Grandchild
  • Wolf, Grandchild
  • Dylan, Grandchild
  • Edward Reynolds (Patsy), Brother
  • Marie Clipperton, Sister
  • Regina Doherty, Sister
  • Kelly Lawrence (Oriville), Sister
  • Hillary, Sister-in-law
  • Judi MacLeod (Brian), Sister-in-law
  • Dede Young, Sister-in-law
  • Brian (Norma), Brother-in-law
  • Danny (Dale), Brother-in-law
  • Greg (Brenda), Brother-in-law
  • Ron and Barbara Fitzgerald, Uncle and Aunt
  • Marie and Leo Hogan, Aunt and Uncle
  • Pat and Sandra Reynolds, Uncle and Aunt
  • Theresa Reynolds, Aunt
  • Mamie Yetman, Aunt

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Memories

Debra Lenora Young

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Alice Fanning

July 2, 2020

Tom , Family , and friends; So Shocked and Sad to hear of Debbie's passing ! Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time .
with Deep Sympathy
Alice and Gary Fanning

Bernie Power

July 2, 2020


Hello Tom

I would like to pass on my sympathy and condolences to you and your family with the passing of Debbie. I never had the pleasure of spending any time with her but have come to realize how appreciated and loved she was by people who knew her. My loss!

Bernie Power

Carolyn Grant

June 30, 2020

Debbie’s vibrant and caring personality will be missed by all who knew her. On the Transition House Foundation board, she brought an enthusiastic, can-do attitude to every project undertaken, and she did this with humour, compassion and energy. I know Debbie was the same with every organization she was a part of.
Heartfelt sympathy to Debbie’s family from Carolyn and John Grant

Colette Williams

June 28, 2020

Dearest Tommy and Family,

I was so sad to hear of Debbie's passing. Any time we all ended up gathering together for family moments, I found Debbie to be such a warm and kind woman. Mom (Evelyn) had nothing but kind words to say about Debbie.
I know you will all miss her very much. May stories and sweet memories sustain all of you through the difficult moments.
Much love from your cousin,
Colette xo <3

Margie/Kevin Dickson

June 28, 2020

Tommy, Joel, Shannon and family. We were so deeply saddened to learn of your loss. Debbie had such in infectious smile and personality. You always felt good after a conversation with her. She just had that way of bringing a smile to your face. We know she will be missed terribly so cherish all the great memories.
Our heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Margie and Kevin Dickson

Tom and Dorothy Gale

June 27, 2020

Dear Tom, We are very sorry to hear about Debbie. Tom has been having health issues and the day she passed away, he was having surgery in Halifax. He just returned home yesterday and we wanted to send you a few words because I consider you a good friend. I know Debbie was a relentless worker and a very good woman and it sure has rubbed off on you over the years! If you every want to talk, please give me a call and I will include you in my prayers every night. Love, Tom and Dorothy Gale

Jeanette Croston (MacLean)

June 27, 2020

Tommy and family, Sorry for your Loss. Debbie was such a blessing in my life growing up! Deb, Ritz and I were like the three amigos! We moved back to Sydney with hope of being near my old friends and was very greatfull for the bit of time with Deb! I will think of her often and prey for you and the kids that time will heal and your memory's will make you SMILE!🙏🏻

Nancy Florian

June 26, 2020

I remember Debbie from our school days. I remember her laugh and smiling face. Have not seen her in many years but was sorry to see she had passed. From the video she obviously had a wonderful life. Sincere condolences to her family.

Claire and Lawrence Slaney

June 26, 2020

Dear Tommy, Joel, Shannon, and all of the Reynolds/Young Family
Our deepest sympathy goes out to all of you. Debbie was a dear and wonderful friend for so many years. She was truly one of the most giving, kindest, best people we have ever known. Her loss is felt by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Our hearts are broken, not just for ourselves, but most especially for all of you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Claire and Lawrence

Joe Collins

June 26, 2020

Tom and family sorry for the delay in sending this but I just learned about your terrible loss. From reading Debbie's obituary it is clear she was an amazing person in all aspects of her life. May time and fond memories help you through this difficult healing process.

Joe and Barb Collins
Halifax

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