I am sorry to have to report the sad news of the death of Doug Young. Doug was involved in table tennis at local, national and international level for over 60 years and passed away on February 10.
Doug retired as Chairman of the Worcestershire County Table Tennis Association in 2016. He was also, at different times, Secretary, Chairman and President of the Worcester League, a National Councillor of the English Table Tennis Association, a National and International Umpire and a Referee of Commonwealth, European and World Championships. He also took charge, as Referee, of numerous English Senior National Championships.
From Dad’s daughter Sandra
Charities in dad’s memory: Ronald McDonald House Charities – they provide free ‘home from home’ accommodation to families with children in hospital and RSPB, because dad loved his garden birds and was a member of RSPB as he wanted to help nature.
For anyone who wishes to send a donation in memory of dad, they can send it to the funeral directors E J Gumery & Son, 68/70 Ombersley Road, WORCESTER WR3 7EU, and I believe they are happy to receive donations for up to a month after the funeral.
The service that he gave to table tennis both locally & on the International scene is unmeasurable and a kinder person you would be hard pressed to find. He was such a lovely & caring man whose legion of friends must have scanned the Globe. Legend is almost a misused word, but seems quite inadequate to describe the qualities that Doug possessed, whose memory will live on, in all of us who owe him such a debt of gratitude. I consider myself very fortunate to have been one of the thousands of friends that knew Doug.
My very sincerest condolences to his family and many legion of friends are sent with this message.
There was a man who gave an awful lot to TT – both locally and nationally
Truly, in a sense, an end of an era – my time as Secretary was all with Doug as Chair/President so he will always be TT in Worcester to me.
All the best
I had known Doug for over 60 years, separately from table tennis, as him and Wanda were friends with my elder sister and her husband in their younger years and had been to our house on several occasions. As you know, I also used to pick him up for the County Meetings until he relinquished his position as Chairman. He will be very sadly missed, not only by his family but by his countless associates in the table tennis world.