March 3, 1950 – June 26, 2016
Edward B. “Ted” Young, president of Ed Young’s True Value Hardware, died June 26 in his Hanford Bay home. He was 66.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Edward C. Young, he began working in the family’s business, Barney Miller Plumbing and Hardware in Williamsville, in 1965 at the age of 15. Later that year, his father purchased the business and incorporated it as Ed Young’s Towne Hardware.
Mr. Young, also of Williamsville, worked at the store, learning the business alongside his father and brother, Daniel, until he graduated from Williamsville High School in 1968. He returned to the hardware store after completing his education at Alfred State College in 1970.
The store moved to its current location on Main Street in Williamsville in 1972, signed with True Value in 1974 and was joined by Mr. Young’s youngest brother, Thomas, in 1977. After the death of his father in 1979, Mr. Young, at age 29, took on the duties of president of a business that earned a reputation for outstanding customer service and became a fixture in the village.
For more than 50 years he dedicated himself to the family business and the community of Williamsville. At the store, he introduced the newest technologies and remodeled it several times. He also served as treasurer of the Williamsville Business Association, beginning in 1988. The organization encouraged business owners along Main Street to work as one and raised money to beautify the village and create a friendly atmosphere. To provide additional support for the beautification project, the nonprofit Village Preservation Foundation was organized and Young served as its treasurer.
He also served as chairman of the Taste of Williamsville and treasurer of Williamsville Cemetery Association, He was instrumental in the daily operation of the cemetery until it was sold to Forest Lawn in 2001.
Family and friends described Mr. Young as a warm person who always had a smile and a kind word to say.
He enjoyed skiing and participated in many competitions. He was captain and treasurer of Niagara Adult Racing, the region’s premier adult ski racing league for many years and owned a ski chalet on the slopes of Kissing Bridge. He also enjoyed relaxing on the beach with family and friends in Hanford Bay, and lived up to the name of his boat, “Forever Young.”
Survivors include his wife, the former Sandra Gerspacher; his mother, Marion Fitzgerald; and two brothers, Daniel and Thomas.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 7 in Williamsville United Methodist Church, 5681 Main St.