Paul Richard Young

Paul Richard Young

July 27, 1957 - October 14, 2010

Paul Richard Young

July 27, 1957 - October 14, 2010


Paul was a Structural Engineer and Senior Vice President with RBF Consulting, a widely respected nation wide engineering firm. During his 30-year career he directed the design and construction of many bridges and other structures. He was a respected teacher and mentor within his profession, and loved what he did for a living.

But his real loves were his family and the game of ice hockey. Whether it was playing, coaching or watching the game. He played ever since he was a boy, even on the day he passed to that great ice rink in the sky. He coached and played with each of his sons. His favorite team was the Kings, but he liked to say he had two favorite teams, the Kings, and any other team that was playing the Ducks.

Paul was devoted to providing for his family and assuring their happiness idolizing and caring for his wife, Debbie, and supporting his children, Laurel, Allen, and Kevin in their endeavors. He participated in and took great pride in all of their activities. Paul and his wife Debbie enjoyed more than 30 years of a very happy marriage together. They particularly loved spending time on camping trips enjoying hiking and biking.

Paul was an enthusiastic leader in the care and cohesion of his extended family and is survived by his wife Debbie; his children, Laurel, Allen & wife Jacky, and Kevin; his mother, Josephine; his brothers and sister, Joe & wife Carolyn, Steve & wife Diann, Mary & husband David Mulvihill.

Please have floral donations delivered to the Mortuary by the afternoon of Thursday, October 21st. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, or the Charity of your Choice.

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55 responses to Paul Richard Young

  1. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Paul was a great person and will be missed.

  2. I had just played against Paul. and I participated in his care. I felt an extra connection with Paul as I also had an on-ice cardiac event in 2003.
    My best to his family.

    Here are a few words on Hockey:
    The Essence of a Hockey Player entails commitment to a Sport like no other.
    Hockey Players are a family, a team, a brotherhood of athletes like no other in the world.
    The Man,
    A Hockey Player is strong, confident, resilient, able, fast thinking, wiley, undaunted, loyal, supportive, yet independent and overachieving. A man that
    could do almost anything, but chose the Art of Hockey. A player that would sacrifice himself to defend his teammate. A Player that live the dream until
    they are 65, then realize they never made it. Players that are the soul of the sport universe, because you care for the game, because one shot can make you
    smile all night;, because its possible to skate fast enough to leave all your worries behind.
    The Game,
    Lace up the skates, strap on the helmet, put on the gloves, grasp the stick and walk on to the ice , focus on nothing else, nothing else in the world matters
    for the next couple hours.

    Drop the puck, win the face-off, score the goals, get an assist, breakaways, going top, cheese, end to end rushes, hot-doggin, big hits, hip-checks, broken
    twigs, new skates, Spin-O-Rama, twisted-wrister, clang off the post, tape to tape, saucer pass, sniping the twine, top shelf where momma keeps the peanut butter, tweeners, the rattling of the boards, the feel of the puck, the cold ice, overtime, the playoffs, Miracles, winning the game,
    All of it a love for the game of Hockey.
    The Goalies?
    Awesome, horrible; crazy; Swiss cheese, stacking the pads, the splits, post to post, MVP,

    The Rink,
    The smell, the cold, the cost, early mornings, late night games, pick up, countless hours of
    practice, Friday nights, Saturday mornings, angry coaches, dull blades, new skates, skates carving into the ice, living at the rink, the feel of invincibility on the cold ice.
    The Dark Side:
    Dropping the mitts, swearing, trash talk, Cheap shots, knee to knee, spearing, slashing, tripping, cold cocking, boarding, broken bones, torn muscles, deep
    bruises, cuts, missing teeth and the blood.
    Off the Ice,
    The party in the locker room is waiting, Players that will tell a great story in the dressing room true or not, add “y” to the end of a teammate’s last name, Ladies wait for us, other guys envy Us.

    Players skate so hard that the heart beats like thunder, lungs grasp for air, nostrils flare, the legs ache with lactic pain, the blood boils with the effort, but the adrenaline overcomes, the desire frees the spirit, the sweat marks the accomplishment, the game win or lose makes it all worth while.

    It’s not for the money what money, it’s not for the glory and it’s definitely not for the girls,
    A Lifetime
    PeeWee, Squirt, Bantam, HOUSE LEAGUE, A, AA, AAA, JR.A, OHL, COLLEGE, PRO, Old Timers, Coaching the kids, Retiring; Hanging up the skates, memories of the good old days.
    And If…
    A Player, a fellow Hockey Brother should be at the end of his life or the Hockey Gods see fit to take him from us, we all should know that he lived life as he wanted.
    This Essence of a Hockey Player demonstrates the love for a Sport like no other.

    A family, a team, a brotherhood, a way of life.

    Hockey players are proud to illustrate the definition of a Man !

  3. My sincerest condolences to the Young Family….we have lost a great man in Paul but his spirit, memories, and anecdotes will remain with us all. God bless…

  4. Greg Helmer says:

    It’s so shocking and so tragic to reconcile the loss of someone so intelligent, vibrant and fun as my friend and colleague Paul. My prayers and sincere condolences go out to Debbie and the family at this difficult time. I know that here in the office it will never be the same again, though I will forever see that little bit of Paul that he left behind in each of the engineers he mentored over the years, and the clients that he touched with his professionalism. And I will find comfort in the memories and the many lessons I learned from working with Paul.

  5. Debbie, Laurel, Allen and Kevin:
    I want to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers and those of my family are with you. Paul was my dear friend and I deeply miss him already.

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