John Young, 80, passed into peace on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Agape Nursing facility in West Columbia, S.C. Born in New York City in 1933, John was the son of Ruby and Jack Arlotta. John earned a BA in Journalism from Indiana University, and later a MA in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Even though the man on TV who drinks Dos Equis claims to be "the most interesting man in the world," those of us who knew John, without reservation believe otherwise. John's life, his passions, and accomplishments were anything but commonplace, as he lived his rainbow-esk life to its fullest. John traveled, cooked, enjoyed the best wines (and knew them), edited novels, and "rubbed elbows" with a plethora of famous people, but seemed almost embarrassed to talk about his interesting experiences when asked. Among the cast of characters John knew intimately as friends, mainly through his gourmet dinners and eclectic career, Julie Andrews, James Michener, Tennessee Williams, Leonard Bernstein, and Jimmy Buffett stand out ... just to name a few. John was also a philanthropist who traveled to Cuba over 60 times to bring medical supplies and other sundries to the Cuban people. From all of those that knew and loved John, we are raising our glasses of Cab Sav and shouting "salud" ... and we thank you for having touched our lives with your unique charisma, wit, and eccentricity.
John is survived by his brother Roland C. Young (wife Ilsa), niece Mary Ann Reeley (husband Stan), nephews Mark Young (wife Lena) and Roe Young; also, by great nieces and nephews, Whitneigh, Cassity, and Oz Bible; Michelle Young, Jacob Reeley, and Cayman Young. Among his friends were Liz, Deems and Genevieve Lear, Hank Villate and Bob Elkins.
A Memorial Service will be held at the White Street Pier near Salute Restaurant on March 8, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Key West, Florida.