Obituary

Timothy E. Young

04/12/1955 - 01/10/2024

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Obituary For Timothy E. Young

Timothy Edward “Tim” Young of Staten Island, NY, passed away January 10, 2024. His loving partner in life, Judith “Judy” Punch, was unwavering in her care and advocacy for him from the onset of his sudden illness until the end.

Tim was born in Skowhegan, ME, on April 12, 1955 to Donald C. and Zilla Hall Young. He graduated from Skowhegan Area High School in 1973, attended the University of Maine, where he participated in Maine Masque theater, and finished his undergraduate degree at New York University after moving to Brooklyn in 1976.

Tim soon settled in the West Village. His place on West 11th was a testament to the fact that Tim never met an object nor a word he couldn’t make use of; the building’s former hallway ran nearly the length of his fourth-floor, railroad-style apartment and became his “barn” – full of useful and unusual items, all painstakingly organized. Tim accumulated several decades worth of correspondence with dear friends and playbills from every show he ever attended (all meticulously filed), and more stories than we could ever recount. We are lucky to know a few of them. Whether delivered as spoken word, carefully crafted letter, handmade card for a special occasion, or FINALLY, by email, the events he depicted were colored with the unique wit only Tim could deliver. His observations about the people he encountered, the experiences he had, the events he witnessed, were made universally relatable even if personally tragic; that was one of his many gifts. Tim enjoyed writing poetry and performed his work at the Bank Street Theater and as part of the Poetry Project in the East Village.

As a teacher, Tim touched the lives of countless students, including many ESL immigrants and GED hopefuls, through the DC37 Education Fund and eventually as an adjunct professor with the CUNY and SUNY-funded Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center. He may have looked the part of the serious, bespectacled instructor, but he delighted in both imparting grammar rules and telling his students to break most other etiquette rules, including using colorful language and ignoring him. He’s known to have said to many of them that they didn’t “have to listen to some skinny white f-f-f (you know, ‘fellow’).” We hope that for many he truly led them toward a brighter future via empathy and English.

Tim eventually left the West Village for Staten Island; there, he enjoyed having a backyard where he could tend his garden of transplanted Maine perennials and blueberry bushes, and arrange his assortment of Maine river rocks and granite that travelled back with him after summer visits to Pleasant Pond in Caratunk, ME. Tim left an indelible mark on his family – his brothers and cousins and their families, and time together in Maine will be especially missed.

Tim was predeceased by his parents, and in addition to Judy, he is survived by his brothers, Donald Jr. (Bonnie) of Skowhegan, ME; Christopher (Becky) of Caratunk, ME; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

In honor of Tim’s wishes, there will be no funeral. Those wishing to share condolences may do so by visiting the website for Hanley Funeral Home (hanleyfuneralhome.com). Those wishing to make donations in Tim’s memory are encouraged to support any of the following:

Skowhegan Public Library

9 Elm Street

Skowhegan, ME 04976

https://www.skowhegan.lib.me.us

The Public Theater

425 Lafayette Street

New York, NY 10003

http://publictheater.org

The Poetry Project

St. Mark’s Church

131 E 10th Street

New York, NY 10003

http://poetryproject.org

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  • 01/25/2024

    What a beautifully written obituary! Judy Punch is my cousin and it was so long ago that Judy brought Tim in to our family that I honestly can't remember when. Judy and Tim probably spent more time with my mother during the last years of her life than I did. I lived in Florida then and they made the effort on a regular basis amid busy working lives to spend time with my mother and help her with her home in New Jersey. Her house was flooded in 1998 during Hurricane Floyd and during the cleanup after, Tim could be found with his Glass Plus at the ready to take on even the most tedious tasks. My most recent happy memory of Tim is when during a cousins gathering at my home in Cape Cod, he brought out his collection of old 45s and played DJ while we danced on the deck. Good times! Tim, you are missed and I am grateful to have had you in my life. Love, Eileen I am uploading two pics of my mother's 80th birthday party- one of Tim, my mother and me and one with my daughter and Judy's brother Mike. Again, Good Times. 🥰

  • 01/24/2024

    Tim was a poet and gardener - among many other things. The first 2 photos are of his garden which he called "my loveliest poem of all". He painstakingly landscaped it using stones from various places including the rivers, streams and ponds of his beloved home state of Maine. We could never come home from any vacation without loading up the trunk of the car with as much weight as it could safely hold. I will forever miss my traveling companion. Travel peacefully my love. You are forever in my heart. With all my love, Judy 💕 🌼🌹 🌸

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