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Memorial service for Lloyd Young tomorrow

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James - The life of Lloyd Young Snr, Jamaica's first bodybuilding champion, former weightlifting champion and trainer to a generation of bodybuilders will be celebrated tomorrow at a funeral service at the St James Parish Church starting at 10:00 am.

Young, who died two weekends ago -- surrounded by his family at his home in Albion -- passed away a week or so, shy of his 94th birthday.

In addition to being given an Order of Distinction for his service to the country, Young was also honoured in 2010 by the City of Montego Bay when First Street in Albion was renamed in his honour.

Despite being known for his exploits both as a body builder and trainer for decades, Young -- who is survived by his wife Marlene, son Lloyd George (Jnr), and daughter Georgia (Kim) -- was a soldier, servicing with the Royal Air Force in World War II; and an athlete, (co-holder of the 100 yards record 10.00 seconds with Arthur Wint at the Private Secondary Schools Championships held at Sabina Park in 1938).

He was well known for his philanthropy and for decades he single-handedly fêted street people and inmates at the St James Infirmary on Christmas Day until he was too ill to continue.

Young Snr was the first Mr Jamaica body building champion, winning in 1949 after he returned home from serving in WWII. He had started weightlifting during the war and was the British middleweight weightlifting champion in 1945.

He represented Jamaica in the Central American and Caribbean weightlifting championships in Colombia in 1948 and for decades treated thousands of patients at his gym on Union Street as a massage and physiotherapist.

The Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (JABBFA) had its origins as early as the 1940s as the Jamaica Bodybuilding Association. Young, along with Ken Rhino, founded the Jamaica Amateur Bodybuilding Association in 1947 in Jamaica.

Lloyd Young's personal achievements include holder of the lightweight lifting championship title between 1947 and 1951. He also represented Jamaica at the Baranquilla, Colombia, as a weightlifter in 1948. He is also the physical trainer who has personally and through his health studio produced more weightlifting and physique champions than any other gym, including the capture of the title 'Mr Jamaica' on 12 occasions and Junior and 'Mr Novice Jamaica' 13 times. The gym also produced every single 'Mr Cornwall' since 1950.

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