Obituary of Henry Dexter Young
Henry “Dexter” Young died at age 88 on December 2nd after a short illness.
He was very active in his community for most of his adult life and was a strong advocate of volunteerism. Among other things, he was an auxiliary with the Connecticut State Police, a member of the Woodstock Volunteer Fire Association, and was instrumental in starting the Woodstock Ambulance Service. He became an EMT and served on the Woodstock Ambulance. He was Director of the Woodstock Agricultural Society and served as Chairman of the Woodstock Townhall Building Committee. He was a founding member of Woodstock Planning and Zoning Committee and a Director of the Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communication.
As a lifelong farmer, he was a strong steward of the land at Valleyside Farm, which has been in his family for over 200 years. He was confident and grateful that the future of the farm was secure with the next generations. His proudest moments were when he was able to be part of the harvest with 4 generations.
Dexter went to Martha’s Vineyard all his life, first to his Grandfather Child’s cottage and then to his own cottage in Chilmark. He built his cottage with family and friends from lumber harvested on his farm. He loved traveling mostly with friends, RVing, a game of “pitch”, “Farmers Weekend” on Martha’s Vineyard and 4 generational gatherings.
Dexter was a devoted and proud father of his family. He leaves a loving family that was with him in his last days. His wife Nancy Young, his children Timothy D. Young and wife Wendy, Douglas Young and wife Donna, Carrie Walker and husband Allan, Curtis Young and wife Kathy, Rebecca Murray and husband Stephen, Ivy Blanchette and husband Donald, Scott Young and wife Lisa, Amy Young and husband Paul Mazzarulli. He was predeceased by his daughter Artelle Curtis. He has 18 grandchildren and many wonderful great grandchildren. He also leaves many wonderful friends.
Many thanks to all his Healthcare and Homecare Providers for their support and kindness.
Arrangements will be private at a later date.