Donald Gene "Grumpy" Young Sr. of Gloversville, after a rich, adventurous life that touched countless people, passed away on December 11, 2013.
He was born in Middleburgh on Tuesday, July 5, 1938, to Austin T. Young and Florence M. King. He was a 1957 graduate of Schoharie Central School and attended SUNY Cobleskill. He resided in the town of Florida for many years, where he was fire coordinator.
Over the course of his life, Donald wore many hats, both literally and figuratively. He was a roofer with Kaiser Boswell, other things, but is best remembered for his most recent occupation, co-owning Grumpy's Bargain Mart and Novelty Nook in downtown Gloversville, where he acquired the nickname of "Grumpy" despite being the friendliest man in the city.
Donald had many passions in life. He loved hunting, fishing (and would catch about four times what anyone else did), camping, gardening, fairs, and cooking (and made the best meatloaf). Even as his health declined, his ambition never wavered; he had plans to re-open his store, make dandelion wine, go hunting, and plant fresh herbs in the garden this spring.
He was adamantly a lover of humanity. No matter where he was and what he was doing, he would never hesitate to strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved jokes, especially blonde jokes, and frequently exchanged them over morning coffee at New York Lunch.
Donald married Nancy Gaynor on a snowy Saturday, November 5, 1983. In addition to his wife, Nancy, he is survived by his sons, Donald Jr. (Deb) of Glen, Gregory of Gloversville; daughter, Barbara (Gil) of Manhattan, Kansas; brother, Larry (Gertie); sisters, Alice (Margaret), Carol (Don), and Margaret (Don); and countless other friends and loved ones.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and a memorial celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on December 28, at the Bleecker St. Church of Christ, 97 Bleecker St, Gloversville. Condolences and memorial contributions for final expenses may be shared online at http://gfwd.at/1kKnTmT. Always one to help others, Don was an anatomical donor to Albany Medical College.