Frederick Nelson Young
November 4, 1962 – August 30, 2021
Chapel Hill, North Carolina – Frederick Nelson Young, 58, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina passed away on Monday, August 30 at UNC Memorial Hospital. He was born in the same hospital on November 4, 1962, to Frederick and Kathie Whitt Young. He graduated from Chapel Hill High in 1981 and studied at UNC-Chapel Hill in Computer Science. As a young man, Fred worked around Chapel Hill and Carrboro at restaurants and nightlife such as Slugs at the Pines, the Hardback Cafe, and Henry’s Bistro. In these places, Fred was in control of both the front and the back of the house. Fred has traveled extensively in Europe, including Germany, England, Finland, and lived in Spain for several years.
No matter where he lived, Fred seemed to recognize no barriers to communication and companionship and connected with everyone, no matter what language they spoke. He then worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the chemistry department for 14 years as a facilities maintenance technician, and was also appreciated for providing impromptu computer support to his colleagues. Fred was named Department Employee of the Year in 2014 and received the Chemistry Extra Mile Award in 2020. Both accolades were tributes to his positivity, leadership in crisis and problem solving. Fred was particularly resourceful during suspended operations during COVID-19.
Fred is survived by his mother Kathie Whitt Young, his brother David Allen Young, his extended family and a host of friends who loved and cherished him.
He was a gifted artist, photographer, computer programmer, gardener, origami expert, and chef of many kitchens. Through his photography, Fred gloriously and artistically documented Chapel Hill’s music and food scene in the 1980s and 1990s. A future exhibition of his work is being organized. His eye for the most human details in all of us will be on display. Her portraits are incredibly moving captures of wonderful moments in otherwise everyday (and nocturnal!) Situations. Fred was a lifelong learner with a thirst for knowledge and was urged to share it with grace and spirit. He was a memory maker, making the mundane beautiful, turning a million places into his clubhouse where everyone with a good heart and a playful spirit was welcome. From the center of a crowded party to a lonely cafe corner table, Fred beamed, grimaced, or just mingled. Language was no barrier, neither time nor distance for Fred. Generous, gentle and resourceful, his creativity increased as resources dwindled. He was witty, broad and quick-witted, charming and kind; he gave the best hugs. We recognize Fred in this timeless, global and multicultural adage… “It is better to serve than to be served. Fred continues in our hearts now as he did when he was with us. It is magic.
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