TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Scarborough Cub leader who has died at the age of 86.
Jean Young lived in Scarborough from 1953 to 1979, during which time she played an active part in the community.
As a member of Wreyfield Drive Church she ran the Mums and Toddlers group, and was also a member of the Young Wives Group.
Mrs Young spent a lot of her time as Akela of the 42nd St Mark’s Cub Pack, assisted by other volunteers.
Her eldest son David has paid tribute to Mrs Young, describing her as “a real character” and “a wonderful mother”.
He said: “My mum was a great lady.
“She worked all her life and always looked on the bright side of life.
“She brought us all up on her own, and although it was a struggle we all had a wondeful childhood and she did everything she could for us.
“She was always doing things for other people and was a great friend to many in Scarborough.
“I am really going to miss her.”
Mrs Young was born in 1924 in Wattston, which is east of Glasgow.
At the age of 19 she joined the Women’s Land Army, with which she served from 1943 to 1946.
In 1953 Mrs Young moved to Scarborough with her daughter Jean. While in Scarborough she had two sons David and Robert, however Robert sadly died in 1990 at the age of 32.
During her early years in Scarborough Mrs Young worked at the Adelphi Hotel in South Cliff.
In 1962 she moved from Valley Road to Bracken Hill, and went on to work at Boddy & Ridewoods Sports and Trophy Shop in Aberdeen Walk.
Mrs Young left Scarborough in 1979 when she emigrated to Canada, following in the footsteps of her daughter who emigrated in 1973 after marrying a Canadian.
She lived in Burns Lake, 600 miles north of Vancouver, for 14 years, during which time she worked at Field Stores, the Canadian equivalent of Boyes, and as a jail warden.
Mrs Young then moved to Castlegar, 400 miles east of Vancouver. There she lived near the local hospital where she volunteered as a member of the women’s auxiliary.
She also volunteered at Talarico Place, a nursing home where she eventually spent the last six months of her life.
Mrs Young leaves a daughter and son-in-law, three granddaughters and one great granddaughter in Canada, and a son, a daughter-in-law, a grandson and granddaughter, two great grandsons and a great granddaughter in England.
Her son David is inviting anyone who knew Mrs Young to a gathering in her memory at Wreyfield Drive Church Hall at 2pm on SaturdayMay 28.
For further information contact Mr Young on (01723) 373573.