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It is with immense sadness we, the family, announce the passing of William Patrick ‘Pat’ Young, aged 62, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, surrounded by his family. We are comforted that he has found peace following a short but courageous battle with cancer.

The son of the late William Albert and Elisabeth Franziska (Schuttler) Young, Pat was born on July 26, 1961, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Being an “Army brat”, Pat grew up in P.E.I., New Brunswick, Germany, and Nova Scotia.

Pat’s education and career was shaped by his love for the outdoors, especially being on the water. After attending Cobequid Education Centre in Truro, he went on to obtain a degree in marine biology from Dalhousie University in 1983. He founded his diving company, Bluefin Consulting, his photography business, Fisheye Images, and served as an observer on foreign fishing vessels prior to joining the Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he served as a proud Fishery Officer for 35 years.

Shipwreck diving, hunting, hockey, skiing, and travelling were among Pat’s many hobbies, however, sport fishing was his most beloved, and was shared with his father, uncles, son and daughter and many lifelong friends. Over the years he held a number of catch and release records and he never steered away from an impromptu fishing challenge.

Pat will be remembered for his sense of humor, his storytelling, and all the heart he shared with his family and friends. He truly loved each of them, and if you knew him, you knew it. When his time came, he carried himself with dignity, strength, and full of love for those who went before him. He will be missed dearly.

Pat is survived by his wife, Tanya Abraham; son, Alex (Ashley), Guysborough; daughter, Morgan (Emily), Marion Bridge; stepdaughters, Meaghan (Mike), Albert Bridge, and Emily (Darren) Guelph; stepson, Blair (Kyla), Albert Bridge; sister, Susan, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; grandson, Harrison Blake; granddaughters, Annabelle and Maria, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Besides his parents, Pat was predeceased by his uncle and godfather, Joseph ‘Joe’ Young, Glace Bay; stepdaughter, Courtney Abraham, Sydney, and stepson, Vincent Keating, Albert Bridge.

We would like to thank Dr. Ann Francis D’Intino and the care team at Hospice Cape Breton for their compassionate care until his passing.

In keeping with Pat’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial service to celebrate the life of Pat Young will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.), Whitney Pier on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Sheldon Chant officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.

For those unable to attend, Live Streaming will be available on our website.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to the Margaree Salmon Association.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.

Online Condolences

We were saddened to hear of Pat’s passing. We were neighbours on Trout Brook Road for several years during which time we enjoyed lots of social time with Pat. He was always good for a laugh and wonderful stories. We send our condolences to Pat’s entire family at this difficult time. He will surely be missed beyond measure.
From:  Sheila Kyte & Ron Reginato & family

Dear Susan, Tanya, Alex and Morgan
With sadness to convey my condolences for your loss. I am sorry I couldn’t be there in such hard time but I trust that Pat will no longer endure pain as he will look down on us while he’s in heaven.
Stay strong, be together and remember his sense of humor; kindness; laughter and most importantly the passion he always enjoyed Fishing and Marine Life.
God Bless you all
From:  Hassan Alsakha

I met Pat almost exactly 40 years ago in the spring of 1984. Pat was good friend and dive buddy with my boyfriend and eventual husband Greg Cochkanoff. We spent many Friday nights in his apartment on McLean St in Halifax, which was a gathering spot for a lot of divers at that time. Pat was always kind and funny and generous- all the good stuff a person can be made of. He kept in touch after Greg’s early death and this meant a lot to me. I’m so sorry you have lost such a wonderful husband, father and step father, and brother. He will be missed- I will hear his baritone voice for many years yet.
From:  Anne Cochkanoff

Forwarding my deepest condolences to all the family with fond memories of Pat especially when neighbours on Glenwood Drive in Truro.
From:  Chuck Caldwell

Susan, Tanya, Alex, Morgen and Family.
I want to offer you my heartfelt condolences on the Passing of your loved one and my friend Pat.
I know, like myself, how difficult it is to realize he is no longer among us and resting peacefully with his Mother and Father.
It seems like yesterday that we were fishing on Sherwood Lake with Pat, Al and all his NB friends on their annual fishing week.
Most in the fishing party would be out on the lake for 8 hrs and Pat would be out for 12. I am certain fishing was a passion for him, even as a boy of 8 growing up in Westfield as my neighbor he fished the Nerepis River most days.
I think of him, Al and Ellen often. Betty and I consider us Family.
I won’t consider them gone, just out in front of our journey through life.
Love you all,
John Stears
Westfield and Nassau Bahamas.