GRAHAM YOUNG, a well-known figure on Henley Bridge, has died after a brief illness, aged 79. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 28 at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.
George Graham Young was born in Aldershot on June 12, 1934, of Scottish parents, Walter and Margaret.
As a brewer’s yard foreman, Walter supplied the army with beer before being drafted in 1939. As he went off to fight in France with the Royal Engineers, Graham and his mother moved back up to Scotland.
In 1944, Margaret gave birth to Stewart, later to become known as Professor “Jock” Young but known to Graham as his much-loved wee brother. In fact, throughout his childhood and Navy days, Graham’s pals knew him as “Jock” too.
As a young lad, Graham loved to box and play football and later loved to ride motorcycles. It was also during these years that Graham acquired his Scottish accent, which later in life would become stronger after an afternoon in the pub!