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Robert Fredrick Young, Jr. unexpectedly died from a hemorrhagic stroke on January 6, 2018. Born June 25, 1959 in his beloved Niagara Falls, NY, to Janet Bishop Dobbie Young (deceased but always present) and Robert Fredrick Young, Sr. (Ramsey, NJ and Haliburton, Ontario).
He marriied Katherine Lieberknecht in 2003, Ithaca, NY, reported to be "love at first sight" (Young, 1999). With his three children, Lucie, August and Rowan, every evening, he would plan how to spend one-on-one time with each the next day; tea parties, writing projects, playing catch, recreating military campaigns in scale, bike rides. Many friends from around the world and across the divides; he loves you all.
His work (selected), assistant professor, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin; assistant professor, University of Oregon; the US's first statewide sustainability director, appointed by New Jersey Gov. Christine Whitman; founder and owner of American Soil, Inc., a composting company: "because I didn't know what to do after college but then I realized making soil doesn't hurt anyone or anything." His edducation was at Cornell University (Doctorate, Natural Resources, 2007; Masters of Community and Regional Planning, 1995; BA, Government /English, 1982).
A few things we'll remember: his storytelling, poem readings, and joke telling; his energy, enthusiasm, devotion, loyalty, and inspiration; his "creative" smoothies, pretty convincing fake accents and bear hugs; how much he loved his pets, including above all, Cheyenne and Hank. His family is devastated, but positive he's already started on his next amazing path.
Survived by wife, Katherine Lieberknecht; daughter, Lucie; son, Augus; daughter, Rowan; father, Robert F. Young, Sr.; sister, Dobbie Ann (Steven) Burgio; a loving extended family of Lieberknechts; many cherished cousins and others in York, PA, Niagara Falls, NY, Haliburton, ON ,and Chicago, IL.
A Life Celebrations in Austin, TX, February 3, 2018, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum; Youngstown, NY, July 14, 2018, Officers' Club, Old Fort Niagara.
More information: thestoryofrob.com. Please consider sending stories and photos to robyoungstories@gmail.com. Ever forward, always - or at least until Niagara Falls.
Published on January 18, 2018
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