Bernard Young

Bernard Young

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Bernard Young. Bernard was a honorary member and past President of the Society and had been a member since 1971. He had worked in various roles from Archivist, Secretary, Master of Ceremonies and Vice President before becoming President from 1983 until September 1989. I learned this sad news on the evening of 14 February. My thanks to John Walley for the words on Bernard. Peter Pollard 15 February 2017
It is with much sadness that we learn of Bernard Young’s passing. During the 1960’s Bernard was working abroad and didn’t join the GFS until 1971, when he eventually returned to England. We became good friends and I often visited him at his London flat. Later he moved to Ellesmere Port on the Wirral with his wife Pauline. When he found that there was a Society devoted to his childhood hero he was “astonished”. He soon became an enthusiastic member, so much so that in 1977 he was elected General Secretary and remained so for three years. In 1983 Bernard was elected President of the GFS and did stalwart work for six years. Later he was made an honorary member. Bernard was quite friendly with the Formby family and often called on George’s mother who, almost blind, lived in a ramshackle terrace house in Warrington with her daughter Louise. During his Presidency, the BBC sent their cameras to the Imperial Hotel to film our September meeting and the crew followed Bernard to his hotel and in the subsequent interview he talked about the Formby Family, about Beryl and then sang ‘Blackpool Rock’ (sans uke!). Astonishingly, the programme, ‘Arena’, was repeated only last year in a compilation of British hobbies and interests covered by their show over the past thirty years and there was Bernard doing his interview! Later that day the BBC returned to the Imperial and filmed part of our convention. Bernard would be the first to admit that his ability on the ukulele was limited and I cannot honestly recall him ever performing on stage. He did during the last twenty years acquire some very fine instruments, mainly ‘Ludwigs’ and ‘Gibsons’ from the USA. Sadly, Bernard was diagnosed with diabetes and in his later years was very poorly indeed. After Pauline passed away he continued to live in Ellesmere Port and had a lot of assistance from social services. Last year his health declined further and he went live in with his son Steven, in South Africa, where he passed away following a heart attack. All of us in the GFS send sincere condolences to Bernard’s family. May he rest in peace. John Walley 17 February 2017
Bernard Young

Bernard Young

It is my sad duty to report the passing of Bernard Young. Bernard was a honorary member and past President of the Society and had been a member since 1971. He had worked in various roles from Archivist, Secretary, Master of Ceremonies and Vice President before becoming President from 1983 until September 1989. I learned this sad news on the evening of 14 February. My thanks to John Walley for the words on Bernard. Peter Pollard 15 February 2017
It is with much sadness that we learn of Bernard Young’s passing. During the 1960’s Bernard was working abroad and didn’t join the GFS until 1971, when he eventually returned to England. We became good friends and I often visited him at his London flat. Later he moved to Ellesmere Port on the Wirral with his wife Pauline. When he found that there was a Society devoted to his childhood hero he was “astonished”. He soon became an enthusiastic member, so much so that in 1977 he was elected General Secretary and remained so for three years. In 1983 Bernard was elected President of the GFS and did stalwart work for six years. Later he was made an honorary member. Bernard was quite friendly with the Formby family and often called on George’s mother who, almost blind, lived in a ramshackle terrace house in Warrington with her daughter Louise. During his Presidency, the BBC sent their cameras to the Imperial Hotel to film our September meeting and the crew followed Bernard to his hotel and in the subsequent interview he talked about the Formby Family, about Beryl and then sang ‘Blackpool Rock’ (sans uke!). Astonishingly, the programme, ‘Arena’, was repeated only last year in a compilation of British hobbies and interests covered by their show over the past thirty years and there was Bernard doing his interview! Later that day the BBC returned to the Imperial and filmed part of our convention. Bernard would be the first to admit that his ability on the ukulele was limited and I cannot honestly recall him ever performing on stage. He did during the last twenty years acquire some very fine instruments, mainly ‘Ludwigs’ and ‘Gibsons’ from the USA. Sadly, Bernard was diagnosed with diabetes and in his later years was very poorly indeed. After Pauline passed away he continued to live in Ellesmere Port and had a lot of assistance from social services. Last year his health declined further and he went live in with his son Steven, in South Africa, where he passed away following a heart attack. All of us in the GFS send sincere condolences to Bernard’s family. May he rest in peace. John Walley 17 February 2017