Joseph  Young

Joseph H. Young Sr.

1923 - 2019
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Maine lost a true gentleman on December 18, 2019. Joseph H. Young, Sr., 96, passed peacefully at home in Dedham. He was born February 15, 1923 in Ellsworth, the son of Herbert L. Young and Frances
E. (Greenan) Young. Joe was raised in Ellsworth during the winters and in Lamoine during the other seasons. He was a graduate of Ellsworth High School Class of '41. In 1954, he married Jo-Anne (Bohn) and began a 65-year journey creating countless memories and raising a family, with his loving life partner.

Due to a childhood bout with polio, he was unable to serve in the armed forces during WWII. Consequently, he directed his war-time efforts to shipbuilding with his father, in South Portland, Maine.

For much of Joe' s life, he worked as an insurance adjuster. First, he worked for GAB, General Adjustment Bureau, for 22 years. Joe then started his own business, Down East Adjusters and Appraisers, based in Ellsworth and continued to adjust insurance until his retirement at the age of 86. It's likely that if you had any kind of insurance loss in eastern Maine, Joe was the man that adjusted your loss. His line of work provided him the opportunity to know many people in eastern Maine, as well as all the great coffee shops along the way. He was widely known for his wonderful sense of humor and reaching out to help those who had suffered losses that he was adjusting.

Joe served as a member of the Ellsworth School Board. He served as a volunteer member of the Ellsworth Fire Department. He was affiliated with various insurance organizations, until his retirement.

Growing up and loving Lamoine was an experience that Joe often spoke about to his large family. Digging clams, watching ships being loaded at the dock, or hanging out with his friend, Howard Haslam, Joe enjoyed relating his Lamoine days. Joe enjoyed simple things: family cookouts, buying a new tool, going dancing, and going on trips with friends, Alice and Carroll, or his favorite, mowing the lawn.

Joe was predeceased by his parents, Herbert L. Young and Frances (Greenan) Young; brother, John Young, and sister, Marion Dunn Holmes. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jo-Anne (Bohn) Young; sons, Joseph H. Young, Jr. (Pam), Thomas Young (Beth), Donna Elliot , Frank "Mike" Young (Wendy), Patrick Young (Cindy), Peter Young (Kristen), and Beth Young Hardison (Mark); 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joe was loved by many and friends to all who came across his path. He could light up a room with a simple smile and hello. Special thanks to Hospice of Hancock County, and the physical and occupational therapists that provided home care during his final years.

Please join us in celebrating Joseph Young, Sr.'s life on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 1:00 PM, in the fellowship hall at Maine Baptist Church, 867 Bangor Road, Ellsworth. Please come and share a happy memory of Joe with us. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lamoine Volunteer Fire Department, 606 Douglas Hwy. Lamoine, Maine 04605.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St. Ellsworth
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Roger Barto

Posted at 10:51am
I first met Joe and Joanne when working at GAB as a young insurance adjuster.
Joe always showed great empathy for the victims of losses and had a very laid back demeanor. He taught me the other side of the adjusting business.
Both of you were so kind and generous with your time and I always enjoyed visiting and watching the progress on the old farmhouse on the hill.
Joanne, you have my deepest sympathy for your loss, but what a great run you two have had.
Best wishes for you and your family as you move forward.
Love, Roger and Pearl Barto.

Velma Orcutt

Posted at 09:24am
So very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather. Our condolences to the entire Young and Hardison families.

Pamela (Carr) Browne

Posted at 09:28am
My sympathies to Mrs Young, Peter, and the family. May your memories bring you comfort in the days to come.

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