Edward R. Young, who was known as Ray, a resident of East Hampton from the 1950s until 1995, died on Oct. 4 at the Knox Center for Long Term Care in Rockland, Me. He had been ill for a long time with Parkinson’s disease.
Mr. Young was born in Rockland to William H. Young and the former Marion Thayer on Feb. 11, 1933, and grew up there. In 1950 he enlisted in the Air Force, and was stationed in Montauk before being sent to Japan as a radar operator during the Korean War.
Upon his discharge he returned to East Hampton, where, for the next 38 years, he worked as a butcher at the A&P, in the building now occupied by Waldbaum’s.
Mr. Young enjoyed being outdoors, whether hiking or camping with the Boy Scouts or working in the garden with his family. He often returned to Maine, where he particularly liked to explore Acadia National Park. After he retired in 1995, he moved back to his home state.
A devoted family man, he had as much fun as his children on trips to Disney World, camping, hiking, and driving through the country. His family said he had “a genuine love of love,” adding that “We were the lucky ones to have felt the strength of his love and devotion.”
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Margaret Young. He leaves five children, Karen Young and Edward R. Young Jr. of East Hampton, David Young of Florida, James Young of North Carolina, and Robert Young of Hampton Bays, and many grandchildren. A previous marriage to Dorothy Brown ended in divorce. He was one of eight children; his surviving siblings are Robert Young of Maine, Margery Googins of New Hampshire, and Marion Doherty of Maine.
The family has suggested memorial contributions for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Church Street Station, P.O. Box 780, New York, N.Y. 10008-0780 or michaeljfox.org.
Florence Flower, 88
Florence Velda Flower, a longtime resident of Amagansett, died in Cincinnati last Thursday of complications of Alzheimer’s disease, which she had for two years. She was 88.
The former Florence Udell was born on Jan. 15, 1923, on Shelter Island to Raymond Udell Cullum and the former Florence Charlotte Welch. Her childhood was spent there although she attended East Hampton High School. She and Anthony Stanley Flower were married on Nov. 2, 1946. He died in 1986.
According to her family, Ms. Flower loved to read and was well known at the Amagansett Library. A homemaker, she was devoted to family life and cherished family gatherings and excursions. She lived on Miankoma Lane in Amagansett.
Ms. Flower is survived by a brother, Udell Cullum of East Hampton, and a son, Anthony Stanley Flower Jr. of Amelia, Ohio. She was close to her daughter-in-law, Caroline Flower, and also is survived by two grandchildren.
A graveside service was held on Oct. 12 at the Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton, where Ms. Flower’s ashes were buried. The family has suggested donations in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati, 644 Linn Street, Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203.