Alexander Young

Alexander Young

Wednesday, February 16th, 1949 Sunday, April 5th, 2020

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Obituary for Alexander Young

Alexander Thornwell Young
On February 16, 1949 Alexander Thornwell Young was born out of a blessed union between the late Garnett and Lois Young in Mount Vernon N.Y. The third of eight children of Garnett and Lois and the first one born after the two migrated from North Carolina. Alex grew up in Mt. Vernon and attended the school system where he graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1968. He also attended Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. and Bronx Community College.
Alex was talented and a generous servant of the Lord on many different fronts. Alex was an athlete as a student in Mt. Vernon. He played basketball and ran Track and Field. He gained recognition on the track in the long jump, triple jump, the 120 yard high hurdles, the 4x100 relay and N.Y. State Champion in the 4x200 relay in 1968. Alex was a gifted writer, and an artist of photography, drawing and painting. Most of his art was a depiction of African American life highlighting its reality and the way forward. Alex was a big thinker. If you asked his opinion it was never predictable. He always thought “out of the box”. Many times his “big picture” thinking got him in trouble because he was going to challenge traditional thought. He would challenge the African American community to vote when voting was not the popular thing to do. He would challenge ex-offenders to turn their lives from a life of crime. He was always challenging young people through tutorials, mentorship and counseling. Alex worked at several agencies throughout his lifetime including Children’s Village, and Westchester Jewish Community Services. Prior to his death, he was employed as a bus driver at the White Plains Bus Company in White Plains, N.Y. He was the sole driver for a blind student. The student and family were blessed by Alex and the care he provided to the student.
Alex loved the Lord. In 1999, Alex joined Community Baptist Church in Yonkers. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2002 and has served faithfully and diligently ever since. At Community, Alex taught Sunday school, sang with the Gospel choir, served on the Joint Board and in any other capacity he was called to serve.
Alex was an avid reader and bible aficionado. He studied the bible and read countless books about Jesus and Jesus’s ministry. Alex often said, “Jesus was a radical”. “Jesus’s mission to meet the needs of the people should extend to all of us that are believers in Jesus Christ”.
On August 26, 2011, Alex married Patricia Calhoun at Calvary Baptist Church in White Plains, N.Y. The couple had been together since 2005. They were married by the Rev. Dr. Lester Cousin in an intimate, beautiful ceremony to the glory of God. They had a loving, close and supportive relationship in which God was the foundation.
Alex had a big heart and a warm smile. He loved and adored his family. He enjoyed spending time with his family at gathering and celebrations. He was extremely proud of all his nieces and nephews. He enjoyed Broadway shows. He also enjoyed participating in “Reese’s Roundtable”, a book club at the Theodore T. Young Community Center in Greenburgh, N.Y.
Alex is predeceased by his parents, Garnett and Lois Young, his sisters, Alethia London, Gail Suleiman and Ellen Young. Alex leaves to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife, Patricia Calhoun-Young and her mother, Mrs. Grace Calhoun of White Plains, N.Y., brothers Walter Young (Judith) of Stamford, C.T., Michael Young (Virginia) of Yorktown Heights, sisters, Kathy Wright of Wingdale, N.Y., Phyllis Young of Marlboro. N.Y. and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.

Due to the COVID pandemic there will be no public viewing. There will be a small graveside service for immediate family at Ferncliff Cemetery on Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 11:30am.
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Min Donald Lee Johnson

I was deeply saddened to learn of Alexander's untimely passing. I considered him, a true friend, and a person of integrity. Alex was "a gentle giant." He had a great and tall physical stature, but his heart and spirit were gentle and kind. He and I shared the same hometown, and I remember looking up to him and his high school class of '68. He was a role model. More recently, we worked together in the Family Court and probation offices. Sometimes after a challenging work week, as we had tried to instruct and guide our local youths in the right direction, Alex would pass by my office at the end of the day. With my door open, he'd pause and say, "I have a taste for some collard greens or potato salad or candid yams..." Or he'd mention some other culturally delicious comfort food." I'd take a deep breath, say, "Praise The Lord" and remember to thank God for Fridays! Alex will be missed by many of us. I was delighted to learn of his union in holy matrimony with one of my most outstanding colleagues and friends in history, Patricia Calhoun. I have seen their love and bond for each other in Christian fellowship, and I am grateful they were given the opportunity to share their lives. My life is richer because I have known the two of them. Now, to Mrs. Young and the entire family, as we lift up our eyes to the hills...remember that earth has no sorrow that heaven can not heal (ref. Psalm 121). In loving memory, Minister Donald L. Johnson & Lifeline Ministries International.
Comment | Posted at 07:00pm via Condolence

Pat Calhoun-Young

My amazing, wonderful, loving, fabulous husband, Alex (Young), transitioned from this earthly life on Sun, April 5, 2020 at 4:56pm into the loving arms of God. I am beyond heartbroken. I wanted to share that from 3:02pm to 3:35 pm prior to his passing, I was blessed to have spent time with him on Facetime thanks to Lauren, his nurse who brought an IPAD into his room and gave me the time that I needed. Lauren asked me what I needed of her and told me that she will be an extension of my hands. Alex looked so handsome and at peace. He was resting comfortably as if he were asleep. I asked her to hold his hand which she gently caressed. I asked her to please stroke the top of his head which I always did affectionately and she did ever so gently. I talked with my Alex; telling him how much I love him, how grateful I am to God for placing him in my life, how grateful I am to him for being that good man whom a woman rarely finds and when she finds him, she wants to hold onto him for eternity. I read from the Book of Psalms, Psalm 27:1-6 and quoted/paraphrased one of his FAVORITE Scriptures: Isaiah 61: " The Spirit of the Lord is Upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor, he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free!" I sang to him and prayed for him. I then said, "baby, you fought a good fight, you have been a good and faithful servant/ soldier of the Lord and it's okay to let go from this cold dark world into the safe, warm loving arms of the Lord. I needed to encourage him not to worry about me because God got me. I remember that I was crying/sobbing so hard, hoping that I was in a dream, would wake up and everything would be fine. I would give anything if I could reverse time and just have things return to normal.

I am praying that God strengthen me every day, hour and minute because I cannot conceive of what my life will be without him. Alex would tell me to “be strong in the Lord, to have faith and to be of good courage”. He would tell me that is he okay.

Alex, also affectionately known to me as “baby” (which we called one another) and “my moo moo”(He would be laughing right about now because he knows how mushy I am), is the love ❤️ of my life, my best friend, my rock, my spiritual advisor, my reality checker, my ride or die partner, my breath, soulmate, my gift from God, my world... We always lifted each other up, prayed and studied God’s Word together. I will miss our out-of-town trips to destinations near and far, north to the south, our mini getaways to our favorite spots to chillax and dining out at so many different restaurants/ various types of cuisine (we are food connoisseurs or so we thought! Lol). A few of our favorites, Ripe (Mt. Vernon), PF Chang's, the Cheesecake Factory, Frank's Grille (Mystic, CT), Soltoro (Uncasville, CT), Sandpiper Seafood Restaurant (NC) and many more (can you tell that we enjoyed food? Lol). The pic below was my birthday treat to him to NYC to see, “Ain’t Too Proud”: The Life and Times of the Temptations. We have great seats and it was a fabulous show! We enjoyed so much!!

How I will miss going with Alex to the NY City Center in NYC to see Alvin Ailey Performances during their winter season! Every show that we picked had to include the classic, "Revelations". I implore you all to experience Ailey if you never have because you will be hooked.

I will miss our talks especially the ones in the middle of the night when he was trying to sleep and I was the night owl and he would wake up to be there for me. He held me often, spoke encouragement into my life, treated me like a QUEEN and allowed me to treat him like the KING he is! I will miss us watching, "The Voice", Jeopardy, Netflix, documentaries, etc.. Alex enjoyed watching countless hours of MSNBC and I'd turn the channel when he nodded off. Many of you knew of his incredibly intelligence, studious and inquisitive nature. My heart was so touched by the lovely tributes from family whom he adored and friends whom he treasured.

Alex would want me to pursue the goals that we sought individually and together which I will strive towards. He always said, "that we are to meet the needs of the people with love and compassion because there is always work to be done". He has touched COUNTLESS lives and his spirit will live on in our hearts and memories. I MISS my moo-moo so very much! This will be a very difficult journey and I can't see the road ahead but with God, the love and support of family and great friends, we are never alone.

With sincerity and love,

Comment | Posted at 04:02pm via Condolence

Carlos Brickle

Alex you will be truly missed by many I pray for your love ones may the lord touch there souls with peace during your transition to freedom and ease rip my brother 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 My condolences carlos...
Comment | Posted at 07:40am via Condolence

Katrina L. White Mosley

Pat, once again, I would like to extend my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your love for Alex was evident, and I have heard many wonderful things about him. You are a woman of faith, and it is that faith that will provide the strength for you to face each day. I am always here if you need to talk or just need someone to listen. You and your family remain in my prayers. May God continue to bless and keep you.
Katrina Mosley
Comment | Posted at 10:42pm via Condolence

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