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Linda Young
(neé Bruegeman)
by Sandy Lindsay

April 21, 2017

Obituary

When you sing in a choir, you become part of a family ... a family where voices blend together, where everyone looks out for each other.

Then, when one of those voices isn't there, it leaves a hole in the fabric of what the choir is.

 In Southampton United Church Choir, we've become a close-knit 'family of music' and, now, we've lost another of our voices and there is another hole in the fabric.

Linda was an alto ... a rare singer.  Even when she began to not feel well, she still came to practice.  But then, when that could no longer happen, we all watched as we saw the grip that began to take hold on her health.

When she had the energy to come to church or attend concerts with husband Ross, she always had the same broad smile and a hug.

She never gave up and always looked forward ... but I remember one evening at a concert at Port Elgin United Church, I gave her a hug (actually, she gave me a hug) and I asked how she was feeling ... she said, "You know what?  This is the pits."

You know what?  Linda was right ... this is the pits!

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Linda Young passed away peacefully at Saugeen Memorial Hospital on Friday April 21, 2017 after waging a full-scale 12-year battle royale against various health issues stemming from a stem cell transplant in 2005. Linda (nee Bruegeman), 68, of Southampton, beloved wife of Ross Young, will be dearly missed by her husband and children Lisa (Michael) of Ottawa, Colleen of Toronto, and Nancy (Kim) of Ottawa. “Lindy” will also be greatly missed by her grandchildren Angelina, Zack and Jada whom she loved to the moon and back and was so proud of. She is survived by her sister Nancy (Terry) of Brampton and Ross’s family in Sault Ste. Marie and Smiths Falls. Linda, a hairdresser by trade, had the gift of the gab, a sharp eye and even sharper mind, a love of a good joke, and a penchant for fun (if the glint in her eye was anything to go by). Linda also loved music and was a proud, long-time member of the Chantry Singers and Southampton United Church choir, and she even experimented with the saxophone in the Community Band. More than anything, she loved this community, Southampton in particular, and will likely be found haunting her favourite perch at Scubby’s Point, listening to the waves roll in.

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A visitation will be held at the Eagleson Funeral Home, Southampton on Friday May 5, 2017 from 6-8 p.m.

A Memorial Service to Celebrate the Life of Linda Young will be held at the Southampton United Church on Saturday at 2pm. Interment of ashes at Hanover Cemetery will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Southampton United Church, or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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