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John Joseph Young

08/13/1956 - 05/18/2023


Obituary For John Joseph Young

John Joseph Young (aka Jack Young), age 66, died in his home in Tiverton, RI on May 18, 2023.

John was born and raised in the Boston, MA area but spent much of his adult life in Washington, DC and on various military bases. After his retirement from the Air Force, John began his second career as a Federal employee. A quiet man, John preferred to be behind the camera lens instead of the center of attention. He was caring, considerate, and peaceful. In fact, his father-in-law aways called him "Saint John" because of his patience and serenity. John loved being with family, traveling with his wife, and was a devoted fan of all the New England and Boston sports teams.

John was a dedicated civil servant of the highest integrity. He cared about the mission, and he cared about the people that made it possible. He referred to federal service as "doing the people's business." John was recognized nationally as a policy expert on the safeguarding of classified national security information which led to his recruitment in 2002 to be the founding leader of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Chief Security Officer. In this role, John was instrumental in drafting several Presidential Executive Orders and the related implementing directives.

In the early 2000's, John began to dabble in photography, and he enjoyed it so much that he joined local galleries in Chesapeake Beach, MD and Occoquan, VA where he displayed his photos and supported other local artists. John's photographs touched on many subjects, including portraits, still lifes, landscapes and wildlife. Once John retired, photography became his passion. He won several awards, and his work was featured in several local papers and calendars. You could always find John behind a camera, and he loved to share his passion with his nieces and others who enjoyed photography. After moving to Rhode Island, John displayed his work in galleries in Bristol and Newport.

John is survived by his wife, Brenda, his sons Jason and Justin, and his two grandchildren Sadie and Jadon. He is also survived by his brother William Young and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and many friends.

A Memorial/Celebration of Life will be held on May 28th from 1-4 PM at the Villages of Mount Hope Bay Clubhouse (120 Schooner Drive in Tiverton) and virtually for those that unable to attend in person, please use the following link to join the Celebration virtually via Zoom: or call 1- 301-715-8592 and use the meeting ID of 83609452559. Memories of John will be shared at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to Malloy Strong Fund at Lifespan Cancer Institute in memory of John Young. All funds raised will support the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital. Checks made out to "Lifespan Cancer Institute" can be sent to Division of Philanthropy: P.O. Box H, Providence, RI 02901. Gifts can also be made online here: . Donations can also be made in John's honor to the supporting hospice staff at Visiting Nurse Home and Hospice.

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  • 05/23/2023

    Brenda, please accept my deepest care and condolences to you and your family. Elena Larsen

  • 05/22/2023

    I want to spread my deepest sympathy to Billy and his family at this time. I didn't know Billy's family but I know Billy young from the Cambridge program. I been at the program for 15 years. Billy is a great guy and I see he comes from a great family. I wanted to say John Joseph Young r.i.p. gone but never will be forgotten. God bless the Young family and friends. Hugs to you all.

  • 05/22/2023

    I worked for John from January 2005 until his retirement in 2014. He hired me into federal service, mentored me, promoted me, mentored me a lot more, and then put in a good word for me to take his place when he retired. I am so grateful to have known him and thankful for the patient efforts on his part as he prepared me for the career I have today. Just last month I went into a project file that he had worked on in 2010 and used his work as a template for a major project this summer. He was a true public servant and quiet (but impactful) leader. His legacy at DHS will be around for years to come--both thorough the work he did and the people he touched.

  • 05/22/2023

    I remember John as well from San Vito AS, Italy, in the early 80'', with Security Police. Rest in peace my friend. Robert Trout

  • 05/22/2023

    With deepest sympathy Brenda, to you and your family - love and remembrance, Cynthia Hoffman.

  • 05/21/2023

    Dad prepared me for an active life from early on. My first memory is dad trying to teach me to ride a bike, I'm a dumb 4 or 5 year old, and the first time I go without training wheels, I go right into a tree. From introducing me to sports, even coaching me in soccer and baseball, to fishing. He loved fishing with me and my brother. I forget what year it was, but we fished on a boat on dad's birthday on lake Manassas, it was his birthday, but he was so happy to see his son catch the big fish that day. Dad was very instrumental and supportive of everything I did. He is a loving and caring father.

  • 05/20/2023

    With the Deepest Sympathy, may you get through this time through prayers and the comfort of friends. Love Tim Fleming

  • 05/19/2023

    We went through and survived a lot. He had the best years of his life with one of the most wonderful women in the world. Physically he ain't here but like our Mom he ain't left. Love you Jack.

  • 05/19/2023

    Brenda & Family, I worked for John at DHS for several years until his retirement. He was and will always be considered by me and many here at the Department one of the greatest human souls we ever worked for and was associated with. He set the standards and was well respected across the Federal Government. I first heard of his illness a while back and was devastated by the news; however, John was no complainer and even though the doctors only gave him a few years to live, he continued to be upbeat with me on our FB messaging. On behalf of our family, please accept our sincere condolences for your loss - the Earth lost a great human being and he will be sorely missed. May God continue to watch over you and your family during your time of mourning. Respectfully, Michael & Kadriye Ness

  • 05/19/2023

    I was stationed with John at San Vito Air Station, Italy in the mid 80's. I always thought the world of John and I'm very saddened to hear of his passing. Rest in peace my friend. Charles Pfrimmer

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