E. Kingston, NH — Dale Thornton Young of East Kingston, N.H., former longtime Amesbury resident, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2014, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. He was 68 years old. His death followed an 8 year long battle with leukemia. He was the son of the late Olive G. and Dale T. Young. Mr. Young was born in Newbury, England and came to the U.S. as an infant with his mother to reunite with his father who had returned to the U.S. after WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Margery R. (Lavoie) Young and daughter and son-in-law, Melissa R. and Christopher B. Szwed of Hartford, Conn.
Mr. Young graduated from North Reading High School, class of 1963. He was happy to have been able to attend the recent 50th class reunion to see former classmates.
He joined the U.S. Army immediately upon graduation and after basic training at Ft. Dix, he attended the Military Intelligence School at Ft. Holabird, Baltimore, Md. He was stationed at Boston Army Base with the Military Intelligence Group.
He was then stationed in France with the 766th MI Group in Orleans, France. The Youngs were married in France, and their daughter was born there. After that tour of duty ended, Mr. Young was stationed in West Berlin, Germany with the 513th MI Group based in Berlin Brigade.
He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon returning to the U.S., he returned to Ft. Holabird and was part of the FTX Committee involved in training military intelligence personnel until he was honorably discharged in 1968.
Mr. Young graduated from Burdett College in 1971 and he received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Stonehill College in 1978. He earned an MBA from Suffolk University, in the Executive MBA Program in 1980. Mr. Young’s 40 year career in the insurance business began in 1969. He worked for large Boston area companies including Kemper Insurance Company, Cigna Insurance, and American Mutual in Wakefield and Arbella Insurance in Quincy. He was the president of the Insurance Credit and Collection Association for many years. He retired in 2009 due to declining health.
Dale enjoyed traveling especially their annual trip to Aruba. He also enjoyed a special trip to London and the place of his birth, to celebrate his 60th birthday with English friends. Dale spent many years doing genealogy and traced branches of his family back through the 1600s in England. He found that some of his family came to America with William Penn and settled in what is now Pennsylvania. He was also an avid gardener and created a beautiful hosta garden, collecting many different varieties over the last few years. Dale was a former member of the Amesbury Conservation Commission and the Town Democratic Committee. He was also a member of the Board of Directors and past President of his Condominium Association. He was also a Mason and a Shriner. He volunteered for many years at the Shriners Hospital in Boston.
Besides his wife of 48 years, his high school sweetheart, Margery, and his daughter, he is survived by two sisters-in-law, Anne Pepin of Salem, N.H.; Cecilia Lavoie of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Robert Lavoie and his wife, Nancy, and William Lavoie and his wife, Beth Anne Collopy, all of Amesbury. He also leaves many dear nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews. He also leaves aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his 2 half brothers, Brian Handyside and Colin Handyside; and by his dear brother-in-law, Raymond Michael Lavoie. He leaves dear friends, James and Leslie Withall of Waban, Mass., and Robert and Suzanne McCrady of Ohio. He leaves many wonderful friends and neighbors in the Cricket Hill Community. He is sadly missed by his two sweet Dachshund girls, Little Bit and Marley, his special pals. They brought him much joy and comfort.
ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours for Dale will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the E.V. Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St., in Amesbury. His funeral service will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name may be made to Merrimack Valley Hospice House. 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830 or to the NHSPCA, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, NH 03885.