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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Neil Young's Father Remembered - Scott Young, 1918 - 2005

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During the service in honor of his father, Scott Young who died Sunday, his son Neil performed one new song. Neil dedicated the song to his father.

In an article in The Globe and Mail by Kevin Chong, Neil comments on what he learned from his father:
"The most vivid way to get an idea across was to lay oneself bare in the knowledge that others would identify with the bareness, the sometimes painful truth."

From wire reports by TARA BRAUTIGAM:

Author, Journalist, Rock-star Dad Scott Young Remembered with Love

KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) - Acclaimed Canadian journalist and author Scott Young, a rock-star dad whose career carried him through the Second World War, Olympic Games and Stanley Cups, was remembered above all as a supportive father at a memorial service Thursday.

Music icon Neil Young performed a new song at the service dedicated to his father, who died Sunday in this eastern Ontario city at the age of 87. "I remember him with a lot of love in my heart," a sombre Young said following the service before he ducked into a chauffeur-driven black van with several relatives.

Young was among the small group of invited guests who attended an hour-long memorial service at a local funeral home.

The music legend was the subject of one of his father's books, 1984's Neil and Me, which Young wrote about his relationship with his famous son.

Scott Young's eldest son, Bob, said their father taught them "the idea of following your own star."

"I think that my brother's success, and what he's done as a singer-songwriter, is largely attributable to the support that he got from my parents," said the 63-year-old. "And some of that support was critical."

He said his father stuck by him when he faced drug charges in the 1980s.

"I was in a lot of trouble, but he was very supportive," he said. "It was valuable to me to have somebody close that was in my corner."

Scott Young's writing has been hailed as some of the finest to grace Canadian sports pages.

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At 7/09/2005 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear neil,
i hope your recovering from your most recent health issues sorry to hear of the loss of your father.your music is like no other your so loved and respected for your talent. the world needs you to keep going on with your music,i would love to see the time fades away album released
kind regards eileen

At 7/30/2005 12:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob, long time no see. think it was the farm?? You have as always a place in the heart. I am so sorry for your loss.Talked to Rosie he said your ok. Jude

At 3/20/2006 08:04:00 PM, Anonymous joylvilleneuve said...

Dear Neil and Bob
I met your father several years ago at Maple Leaf Gardens and Varsity stadium and had several conversations with him. He was a great guy and a great family man always proud of his children. My uncle was the superintendant of Maple Leaf Gardens at the time 'Don Shanty MacKenzie" and also a good friend of Scott. This is dating me but Jocko Thomas was also a good friend of mine. I was a police officer and actually attended Neil's concert at Varsity Statium years ago. Guess what I am turning 59 on Friday March 24. I also have a cottage north of Kingston (Verona) and did not realize Scott had moved to Kingston. Anyway just wanted to tell you what a great guy I thought he was and Neil you look like him.

Joy Villeneuve

At 5/09/2008 09:25:00 PM, Blogger Jake said...

Oh what I'd give to see you perform again some of my favorites of yours, and there are so many. I have been a fan of yours longer than anyone, even Sir Paul....I'd fly anywhere to see you do Hurricane like you did "In Berlin"...I'm lucky, I have the CD and I can play that any time I want. It's the best money I've ever spent on entertainment.
When people come over I say "you gotta' see this."
Then I show them Hurricane and that rift, one of the best in rock.
The only way I'll go see CSN is if there's a Y at the end. Long live my favorite rocker. I wish you and your beautiful family good health and happiness forever.

A Major fan in DSM.


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