Colleagues honor his dedication
By Zachary Matson
Bruce Young, who chaired the Lake George Park Commission for more than half the state agency’s existence, died earlier this month at age 86.
Young, a retired pilot and lifelong resident of Huletts Landing, joined the commission in 1996 and had served as its chair since 2002, leading construction of an office and community center, championing stronger protections for stream corridors and strengthening efforts to combat invasive species. Young died April 11 at his daughter’s Vermont home, according to a notice in the Glens Falls Post Star.
The park commission at its Tuesday meeting honored Young’s service to the commission and the beloved lake. Numerous speakers during the meeting offered words of remembrance, calling Young a “true gentleman” and a dedicated public servant committed to Lake George.
A commission resolution outlined Young’s contributions saying he “directed the agency through some of the most important environmental protection and public safety initiatives in the agency’s history” including an expansion of boat patrols and stormwater management rules.
“He was a good listener with a quick wit and steady hand,” said Commissioner Ken Parker, who later in the meeting was elected to serve as the new chair. “The (office) building will stand for many decades as a testament to his vision and leadership.”
Tom Morhouse, a former commissioner, told the gathering :“He was one of the dearest friends I’ve had up here, and I will miss him dearly.”