Rev. Norman C. Young, of Wells, formerly of Friendship, died Feb. 7 surrounded by his family.
Norman was born in Hudson, N.H. on March 25, 1924, the son of George and Estella Porter Young. He lived the first 17 years of his life in Hudson, N.H. The family moved to Kittery during WWII, where he graduated from Portsmouth, N.H. High School in 1943, attended Gordon College, Bangor Theological Seminary and graduated from Ricker College. He was a graduate of the four-year course of study of the Methodist Church and received two years of Advance College credit under the direction of the Methodist Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Norman received his call to enter the ministry at the age of 15, was ordained a Deacon in the Bath Methodist Church on May 13, 1951 and ordained an Elder two years later on May 17, 1953, and became a full member of the Maine Conference in 1961. He served as pastor of the following Churches and Charges: Sangerville, East Eliot, Phillips, Danforth, Monticello, Calais, Hartland, Belfast, Dexter, Fairfield, Dresden/Richmond and Friendship during his 40 years of active service as a minister. He served on numerous boards and agencies of the Conference, and served as a counselor for 25 years at the Church Camp Mechuwana in Winthrop.
Norman was active in Masonry, having been raised in Naval Lodge #184, A.F. & A.M. in Kittery, St. Alderman Commandery in Houlton, and became a 32nd degree Mason in the Scottish rite bodies in the Valley of Rockland and the Valley Portland, and was a National Grange member.
He was a man deeply loved by his family and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Norman is predeceased by brother Colby Young, and sisters, Callie Bancroft and Lucille Sterling.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 70 years, Martha Celestia Young; son, David Colby Young and wife Elizabeth of Danville; daughters, Brenda Herling and husband Timothy of Durham, and Mary Ann Tardif and husband Michael of Caribou; grandchildren, Bethany Fisher of Topsham, Thomas Herling of Bethel, James Herling of Durham, Amy Young of Auburn, Caroline Young Coffin of Auburn, Joshua Tardif of Waterville, and Michelle Tardif of Presque Isle; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visiting hours will be from 2-5 p.m., Fri. Feb. 10 at Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., Feb. 11 at the Church on the Cape, Langsford Rd., Cape Porpoise, Kennebunkport.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Camp Mechuwana P.O 277, Winthrop, ME 04364; or Preacher’s Aid Society of the New England Conference, 51 Charles Wesley Court, Wells, ME 04090.