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In Loving Memory of Dr. Albert Young

In Loving Memory of Dr. Albert Young

Yesterday the world lost some gems.  Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Dr. Albert Young.  Dr. Young was my best friend from high school’s grandfather, and for all intensive purposes, my  grandfather too.  You may recall my blog about my visit to his assisted living home and how it inspired me to volunteer for seniors.

Dr. Young was the kind of doctor who would make house calls for free, and still attend hospital meetings long after his retirement. I used to make him birthday or anniversary cards to which he would always exclaim, “Handmade cards mean the most!”

I lived a few blocks away from him in San Francisco. We had fun feeding the koi fish in his pond. He used some mysterious calcium powder from the hospital that he said was better than fish food.  I could tell that the fish agreed.  I admired the electric wire he rigged above the pond to deter hungry raccoon from fishing. We both loved to nibble on Almond Roca, or custard filled desserts and laugh with his beautiful wife Edith.

In his 80’s he would still climb the steep rooftop of his home to clean out the gutters. No one could stop him. He had a smile that could light up a room, even after the love of his life passed away. One thing that always made him smile was Chinese food. He believed it was the best food on earth. The picture above is from his last birthday surprise party at his favorite Chinese restaurant on Clement street.

Seeing him each December in the assisted living home was always one of the highlights of my trips. He blew kisses in the air to me when I came to visit. I got a lot of joy out of rescuing him from the monotony of  his cafeteria meals. He was always grateful for the Chinese food I brought him. My last couple of visits with him were in December. His hands were purple due to a lack of circulation so I massaged his hands with lotion as his eyes leaked water.   He always asked me when I was going to move back to SF.

I will never forget his big smile and loving heart.  He lived a full life, had an amazing family, and made a positive difference in the lives of many- especially mine.

Rest in peace my friend.  I’m sending you the biggest hug and kiss I can muster.


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