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Michael G. Young

March 16, 1949 ~ July 05, 2022

I am heartbroken to announce the death of my husband, my Michael. Michael G. Young passed away suddenly on July 5th, 2022 after spending the 4th doing what he loved, cooking, surrounded by our inner circle. While this was a sudden shock, Michael would want this to be a celebration, much like our wedding 8 months ago. 8 months doesn’t seem like a long time, but I’m grateful for the life-time of happiness and love that I experienced within that time.

He was the kindest, gentlest of giants.

I wish that I got to experience his entire life with him, from his time as a New York City police officer starting in 1969 and where he retired in 1991. Michael moved to Port St. Lucie in 1991 and taught at Dan McCarty Middle School, Southern Oaks Middle School and finally, Port St Lucie High School. My Michael would often tell me how much he loved teaching and influencing his students to live long successful lives, with his main focus being on the Drop-Out Prevention Program and ESOL Program. His teaching influence did not end in the classroom. He was also the coach of the soccer program and the debate teams. I am astonished by how many lives he positively influenced, evidenced by interactions we had on dates where we’d run into old students or listening to him take calls from prior students he also considered his friends.

They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but Michael’s heart thrived by filling everyone else’s stomach. He was famously known for his cheesecake, which he learned to make in his hometown of Brooklyn, tweaked in Staten Island and perfected here. He had a gift and he wanted to share that gift, often hand-delivering cheesecakes for birthdays, weddings or someone that simply needed an uplifting gesture. He took his cooking talents and shared it with both the United Methodist Church and Faith Congregational, sharing his God-given talents with the Lord and the Lord’s people.

While I went from being his spouse to being his surviving spouse suddenly, I’m grateful that he brought me closer to his son, Phil, his daughter, Heather, his sister and brother-in-law, Georgette and Dr. Al Lossinsky, his brother and wife, Derek and Joann Young, his sister, Kelly, his new daughter and her husband, Dawn and Carmine Sacchittello, his grandson, Christian, his granddaughters, Destiny and Samantha Stratton, great-grandson Mason and a full family of nieces and nephews. With his love of people, he also adopted new “cousins” Gerard and Dr.Silvermoon Cashen and Aunt Dee Davis.

My Michael, I, Joy Young, will miss you for the rest of my life and good job on the garbage, kid


Gloria Redmond

July 10, 2022, 10:45 pm

I am so very sorry for your loss, my cousin. This one really breaks my heart because he was such a wonderful kind man. I enjoyed being around him whenever I came down to visit. And I will forever miss his spaghetti and meatballs. My condolences to you and his family.

Michell Young

July 10, 2022, 11:21 pm

My sincere condolences, This is a beautiful tribute. A life well lived. Our faith brings him to peace and complete in the presence of pure love. I’m sure he will be watching over all he loved. May God bring you the peace that surpasses all understanding and comfort you in your time of grief.

With Love, Michell Young- Michaels Niece.

Steve and Pat Griffin

July 11, 2022, 12:22 am

He will truly be missed. I am so glad Pat and I made our visit in January.

Catch you on the flipside Cuz.

Debbie Kliff

July 14, 2022, 2:57 pm

Joy, this is such a beautiful tribute to Mike and a little time capsule of his life experiences, which are so interesting and meaningful. He will be missed by so many … that’s a measure of a life well spent. You have so many beautiful memories, despite the short time shared together … I believe that is truly a gift from God. Prayers for you and the family members.

Roy Bill

July 14, 2022, 3:43 pm

We were so privileged and blessed to spend time with my cousin Joy and and her husband Mike at the Bill Family Reunion Trip to the Westgate River Ranch in May. We got to see not only what a nice and funny guy Mike was, but how happy and in love Joy and Mike were. It was a tragedy that Mike was taken so suddenly and a blessing for us to spend time with him. Our faith and prayers teach us to treasure life’s moments, no matter how brief. Thank you Mike.

Susan Minch

July 14, 2022, 5:20 pm

Mike was my colleague as we each developed our debate teams. He was our neighbor in River Park. He attended PSLUM Church, the same church we did for many years. He was such a friendly and helpful teacher and coach. It is sad to learn of his sudden passing. Sincere condolences; may your hearts and souls find peace and comfort.

Chelsea Monreal

July 14, 2022, 7:27 pm

From the moment I heard of your passing I became overwhelmed with emotions, even as I type this I’m finding it hard to process. Mr. Young, you were my teacher for three years, but you were SO much more than just a teacher. In the short time we had together Monday – friday, 1 hr a day, you let me see who I was and what I was capable of. You took in a group of kids, all from broken homes, all on the wrong path, and you pushed all of us to be so much more than any other teacher even saw in us. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you, there isn’t a week that I don’t mention you, even 12 years later. When I told my family of your passing, everyone said “ the teacher that did this, the teacher that did that”… you were talked about so much that years later my family and my friends remember exactly who you are and what you did for me. You may have not taught me any English (hahah) but the lessons I learned in that classroom I will pass down to my daughter. I miss our dinner dates, and our special birthday luncheons! You gave me my first job- catering with you, made it possible for me to graduate high school, and went out of your way to come visit me at work when you heard I was going through a bad phase… I just love you so much and I wish I would have told you that more.


July 14, 2022, 10:55 pm

Oh gosh, that smile… A beautiful tribute for an amazing man. Mr. Mike continued his work with the kids at our church. Such a loving and giving man. He will be missed by many! And don’t y’all forget his Mac and Cheese, Faith Kidz loved that stuff. Me too.❤️ Joy and family, keeping you in our prayers.

Justin Walker

July 15, 2022, 2:50 am

My condolences to the family and to the many like me that had the privilege of knowing this great man. A real man, who could be tough as a warrior but showed love like a saint. I’ll never forget junior year 2000 when two boys tried to fight each other in a class he was teaching. Instead of calling the principal or the SRO officer, he brought them both out to the hallway away from the classroom, made them talk it out, had them shake hands, gave them both a hug, and brought them back into the class room. Mr. Young was old school and a different breed. Thank you Lord for blessing us with such a great man. ❤️

Brandon Saunders

July 15, 2022, 7:06 am

So many thoughts go thru my mind when i think of you. I have told many stories that include you in my lifetime. Although i havent been in touch with you since high school my life stories are filled with your wisdom you instilled in me. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the man you were. I look back at all the little things you taught me and how they have made me a better man. I wish i could be there to say goodbye but i cant. Thank you for being you. You touched me in ways i never saw possible in high school. You gave me the confidence to speak my feelings and not be afraid of the consequenes. I will forever remember your teachings and will pass them on to my kids. You will forever be in my thoughts. Love Brandon Saunders

Heather Hart

July 15, 2022, 4:53 pm

Such a beautiful writing. Though I believe I remember seeing him around the Psl High Campus, I did not have the pleasure of having him as a teacher. I can see how he has touched so many. I do remember Philip from when he played in Oliver, our production at PSL High. I worked crew for it. We need More people like Mr. Young in our education system and in our society.

Maria Pitts

July 23, 2022, 12:13 am

This picture of Mike is perfect. That smile was infectious. Mike and I taught alongside each other at PSLHS for 6 years. We shared many laughs and enjoyed sharing our New York experiences. He also introduced me to Europa Pizza! My deepest condolences to you, Joy, and his family, Philip and Heather. RIP

Nancy Reiersen

July 23, 2022, 9:21 am

This is such sad and unexpected news. I knew Michael from High School and was the best friend of his first wife, Holly, whom I got to know in High School. I was the maid-of-honor at their wedding and lost close touch with them when they moved to Florida. I vividly remember when he was injured during his time as an NYPD police officer and how his injury put him on permanent disability. Michael did find a way to contact me through Facebook when he was living in Port St. Lucie and told me of Holly’s illness but also told me that he was teaching and doing other things that I never would have expected, but activities that brought joy to my heart. He was a big hearted, gentle giant who had a beautiful smile, a great laugh and a sweet spirit. It warms my heart to see that he found love again and that he had remarried, even for such a short span in his “new life,” My condolences to you all. May the memories of this beautiful soul give you comfort in your time of loss.

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