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James P. “Jim” Young

February 18, 1938 - June 27, 2021

James P. “Jim” Young, age 83, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Born in New York City on February 18, 1938, Jim was a son of Innes and Helen Behen Young. After college he served in the National Guard and was employed by Aetna Insurance Company. In 1985 he joined the Human Resource Department of Delaware Power and Light, where he remained until he retired in 1998.

Jim was optimistic, outgoing, and caring. He was always ready to help when and where needed. Over the years he mentored students at Townsend Elementary School, coordinated the Kettle Drive for the Salvation Army in Middletown, served on the Library Committee for New Castle County, and was a member of the Friends of the Appoquinimink Library Fund Raising Committee for the new library.

Jim was an avid reader, an ardent supporter of the University of Delaware Rep Theater, and an enthusiastic fan of the San Francisco Giants. His love for the Giants began when he was a child in New York and continued when they moved west.

Jim was a devoted family man. He and his wife, Valerie, would have celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary in December this year. He was proud of his two sons, Larry and Doug, and their achievements. He delighted in time spent with his grandchildren: Victoria, Madalyn, Samantha, Andrew, Kevin, and Emily. He also believed no home is complete without a dog, and generations of Scotties and a Westie filled that role.

Jim felt he had been blessed in life, and his life blessed those with whom he shared it.

Jim is survived by his wife, Valerie (Secor) Young; sons, Larry Young (Melissa) of Woodbine, MD and Doug Young (Cecilee) of Middletown; brother, Bruce M. Young of Branchburg, NJ; and grandchildren, Victoria, Madalyn, Samantha, Andrew, Kevin and Emily.

A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 am at St. Joseph Parish, 371 E. Main Street, Middletown, DE. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Jim’s name to the Appoquinimink Library Building Fund at Appoquinimink Building Fund, 651 N. Broad Street, Middletown, DE, I9709.


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10 Condolences for James P. “Jim” Young

  • Dear Mrs. Young,

    I am very sorry for the loss of your husband. I was honored to meet him when I graduated from Saint Elizabeth High School. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.

    Brian Wismer

  • Over 57 years of friendship with Jim and Val! We have beautiful memories of our times together. We know the angels were there to greet you! You had a life of selflessness–always thinking of ways to help those in need. May God grant you eternal rest and give peace and comfort to your family.
    Sophia and John

  • Our deepest condolences to the family of Jim. I met Jim first at a Peach festival parade 10 years ago when we first moved to Delaware. From that point on I considered him a friend.

  • I worked with and for Jim for a number of years at Delmarva. Jim was a caring and respectful individual. He took the time to visit my wife Carol in the hospital during one of her medical visits. Jim had a keen wit about him and made a difference in the work place and our team. He will be very much missed. Rest In Peace Jim.

  • I was fortunate enough to get to work with Jim shortly after he joined DP&L. Jim was a thoughtful, bright and caring co worker. He kept his team & friends together long after he retired by organizing gatherings.
    He was a class act and will be missed by all.

    Gary Cohen

  • Dear Valerie and the rest of the Young family,
    Please accept my deepest condolences. Jim was a delightful contributor to our library discussions and an invaluable and ardent supporter of the same. We will miss him, but we’re blessed to still have you in our group.
    Yours truly,
    Linda Goodman

  • I found you to be a loving, caring, patient individual who listened to others with your whole being. You put 110% into whatever you undertook. You will be sorely missed. RIP

  • I wanted to send my condolences to your family about the loss of such a great man! I met Jim six years ago when I moved to Middletown and he was such a great man who worked so hard for the community he loved and will be strongly missed!
    Every time I see the San Francisco Giants play I will also think of Jim

  • Dear Valerie and Family,
    I am so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a great boss, one of the best. I have nothing but very fond memories of the years that we worked together at Delmarva Power. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    My deepest sympathy,
    Sue Dunning

  • Dear Val and Young Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will be remembered for his generosity and dedication to the community as well as a kind soul. Sending love to you all during this difficult time.