Rev. Wm. A. Young
(1904 - 1980)
Inducted in 1981
Origin: Grey County
Nominated by: Wm Turnbull, Year '53 OAC, Junior Farmers' Association of Ontario
A minister of the Presbyterian Church and graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, “Padre” Young had a profound influence on thousands of Ontario rural young people. He was counsellor, guide and inspiration to students, to Junior Farmers and to Women’s Institutes. After service in World War II, he was made first chaplain of the Ontario Agricultural College, conducting non-denominational services in War Memorial Hall for 20 years. A firm believer in the lasting values of rural life, he was a renowned after- dinner speaker, singer and author of regular columns in the farm press. He founded the Ontario School for Rural Clergy, and was secretary of Canadian Swine Breeders’ Association.
Padre Young was also a recognized judge of poultry, flowers and livestock. He was a fine photographer and painter of rural scenes. In his home community of Elora he served on the municipal council, in service and fraternal organizations and the Horticultural Society. He founded the Fergus Highland Games. In 1967 he was awarded an OAC Centennial Medal.
A deeply religious but very realistic attitude towards life, coupled with a sense of good humour, pervaded Rev. W. A. Young’s 45 years of service to Ontario farm people.