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Young, Cecil Clifford

Cecil Clifford Young was born Aug. 21, 1915 at Fort Macleod and he passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at Fort Macleod.
The second youngest of 11 children, he grew up in the Ardenville district south of town and attended the one room school there.
A fisherman and a hunter with an urge to ramble, Cecil loved to recount his life in the stories of his adventures in the Yukon, British Columbia, and Europe while enlisted during World War Two. He joined the 93rd Battery, and was wounded in Sicily. He convalesced in Vancouver and decided to stay after the war, working as a mechanic for many years for Canadian Forest Products.
Cecil was a keen speculator, buying and selling many properties and automobiles, always trading wisely, and up.
Cecil returned to his home town in 1976, rekindling his friendship with long-time friend Gwen Chambers. They married in 1980. Over the years they travelled to many countries together, enjoying the wealth of culture and adding to the many stories Cec loved to tell.
In 1985 he and Gwen bought a house in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and they spent 10 winters there.
Cecil enjoyed golf, bridge, tinkering in his shop, keeping the house and yard in good repair, and swimming in the pool he maintained in their back yard.
He had a wonderful sense of humour, and loved a good joke. Cec was an extraordinary and giving human being with a polite, witty disposition. He loved children despite never having had any of his own.
For the last three years Cec resided in Extendicare where he became a part of their family too, his gentle heart endearing everyone to him. Cecil was predeceased by his parents; his wife Ella; his three sisters and seven brothers.
He will be sadly missed by his wife Gwen; her four children, Chris, Mark, Monty and Maureen; and his eight grandchildren.
Friends who wish may donate to the Fort Macleod Handibus Society, Box 881, Fort Macleod, T0L 0Z0.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Gwen Young and family would like to extend their gratitude to everyone at Extendicare who helped make Cecil Young’s life as comfortable and bearable as it could be made. The kindness and good humour of all the staff there allowed Cecil to interact with them and made him feel he was with friends. And he was. Thank you so much for everything.

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