A Lasting Legacy: Garry Young
February 26, 1949 – January 1, 2013
March of Dimes Canada was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Garry Young. Garry was 63 years old and a client in Brockville, Ontario. Through a bequest of $50,000 from Garry’s estate, others living with disabilities will benefit from his amazing generosity.
Garry grew up in the Prescott area and was the owner and operator of Young’s Cartage. His life changed forever on March 22, 1990, when at 41 years old, Garry broke his back, neck, wrist and ribs when he jumped from a second story window of his burning home.
Garry needed eight hours of surgery, performed at Kingston General Hospital and moved into a rehabilitation hospital less than four weeks after his accident. Twenty weeks post-injury, and well ahead of the six-eight months recovery time predicted by his doctors, Garry was granted a weekend pass to visit his sister. Family and friends from his small town rallied around Garry, and raised over $21,000 to help with his recovery costs.
“My Uncle Garry meant a lot to me and so many other people and we all realize how much your staff meant to him - getting him out of bed in the morning, making his breakfast, lunch and dinner, tidying up his place, bathing him but most importantly giving him companionship and being friends often playing a game of cards or watching a Green Bay Packers game with him after hours. I think that is evident from the generous legacy donation he left,” says his nephew Art Hitsman.
“I would like to recognize those working at the local Brockville March of Dimes for their contribution and attention to making my Uncle Garry’s life much more enjoyable through their personalized service, care and friendship. I am so happy he is able to help March of Dimes and the community now and in the future through this legacy donation. The staff that took care of him were top-notch bar none and this donation is directly related to the exemplary job of their employees in our community,” he continues.
Although physically Garry never fully recovered from his tragic accident his mind continued on in overdrive, dabbling in stocks and investments.
While keeping busy, Garry never forgot the support he received. He gave back to so many and supported a number of charities, which will be continued in his name through the Garry Young Estate.
In his last year, Garry was having major pains in his back. Doctors discovered that Garry had cancer and sadly, he would succumb to it on January 1, 2013.
“Although his body is gone his memory will live on through many of us and these legacy donations will ensure he continues to make the positive impact he did all of his life,” says Art.
March of Dimes sincerely thanks Garry’s family for sharing their story of a wonderful man. His generosity will help ensure people with disabilities are also able to live independently in their communities.