Robert Charles Young
Burlington, VT / Delray Beach, FL
Robert Charles Young of Burlington, Vermont and Delray Beach, Florida drew his last peaceful breath on May 2nd at the Respite House surrounded by his family’s love. Bob was born in 1937 the eldest son of Robert Davis and Margery (Plue) Young of Orwell, VT. He graduated from Brandon High School in 1955 and from Norwich University, with a BS in Electrical Engineering, in 1959.
Bob led a wonderful full life filled with a large loving Vermont family now 87-strong, numerous great friends and all kinds of fun adventures. His philosophy of life was Just Do It! and so he did. His charismatic personality and effervescent smile seemed to draw people to him everywhere he went. He loved to hear about their hometowns and interesting life stories and enjoyed sharing his with them. He was proud to grow up in the Orwell Bank house. He loved boating and sailing especially at Champlain Club Marina and in the Virgin Islands, wooden boat building, scuba diving, skiing, skeet shooting, racquetball, flying as a licensed pilot, camping, keeping in touch with former coworkers and volunteering. Most of all, he loved his wife of 62 years, Kay and his entire family.
Bob worked for the Burlington Electrical Department for 32 years from 1959 until 1991, with the last 16 years as General Manager. During his tenure, the Moran Station on the lakefront was closed and the McNeil generating station was built. McNeil was the largest wood burning power plant in the world when it was constructed in 1984 and it drew much attention from international media. Bob worked on this project from the ground up after successfully negotiating the purchase of 180 acres for the City of Burlington from Lorenzo Howe during lunches “in the barn“. Bob believed in local power and strengthened Burlington’s generation ability during his tenure with BED. Under his leadership Burlington Electric received numerous accolades for its energy conservation initiatives, system reliability and Yankee ingenuity. Burlington enjoyed low electric rates by New England comparisons. The utility received the Scattergood System Award as the “Outstanding Public Utility in the Country” and Bob was named Vermont Engineer of the Year, an honor that made him very proud. Bob was later recruited by and joined Green Mountain Power Corporation in 1991 as Director of Engineering and an officer of the corporation. He served on the board of directors for the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) and the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation for many years. Bob retired at the end of 1998 with 40 years of service to Vermont utilities. He wanted to offer a special “thank you” to all those that he worked for and with during those four decades.
Along with his career in utility service, he served eight years with the Army National Guard.
Bob was very proud of his volunteer community projects which included lighting several local ball fields, among them Burlington High School, South Park, and Centennial Field. He also did projects for his churches in VT and FL, the Lucas Community in Temple, NH and mission work for the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. He was a generous supporter of Norwich University.
His smiling face will be remembered by many!
Bob is survived by his wife Kathryn, daughter Karen Carter (husband Thomas) of Jeffersonville, son Robert (wife Janice) of Burlington, son David (wife Linda) of South Burlington and son Eric of Fairfax; and seven grandchildren: Julie, Sarah, Megan, Emily, Austin, Anna Golann (husband Colden), and Connor; four great grandchildren; Colin, McKenna, Alex and Phoebe. He also leaves brother Peter (wife Barbara) and brother Mark (wife Susan), sister-in-law Dale, brother-in-law Fred Hector (wife Mary), cousin Carolyn Heidt, cousin Richard Heidt, and many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents, brother Bruce and his wife Rosalind and brother Roger.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the First Congregational Church, 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT for Robert C. Young who passed away on May 2, 2022. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob’s honor to: Hôpital Albert Schweitzer (HAS) Haiti, PO Box 110091, Pittsburg, PA 15232.
Arrangements are in care of Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant Street, Essex Junction, VT.