Brett Matthias Young

Brett Matthias Young

Passed on June 19, 2020

September 9, 1957 – June 19, 2020                    I am devastated to announce that suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, June 19th, 2020 at his home in Teulon, Brett Matthias Young died at the much too young age of 62. He is survived by the love of his life and soul mate Jill, his children Katherine, William, Nathan, step children Luke (Erin) and Leah (David), his grandsons and buddies Elliot (4) and Emmett (3), fur kids Max and Lily, sister in law Pam and brother in law Mark (Joann). Brett was one of 7 siblings and will be missed by his brother Jim (Dawn) of Pictou, NS and sister Faye of Regina, SK. Brett was predeceased by his parents Matt and Florence Young and his in laws Les and Connie Fawley. He was born in Winnipeg on September 9, 1957 and grew up at CFB Shilo. At the age of 8 the family relocated to Cornwall, PEI where he remained until he enlisted in the military in 1975 first in the army with the 8th Canadian Hussars and then the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Gagetown, NB and Lahr West Germany where he was a tank commander. It was in 1983 that he realized that if he ever wanted to convert to civilian life “tank commander” wasn’t going to do much on a job resume so he chose to move to the air force and became a certified Aircraft Maintenance Technician. He served with 443 Sea King Helicopter Sqn at CFB Shearwater and was attached to the HMCS Huron and Iroquois for 2 years. It took forever to convince him to go on a cruise later in life. He then went on to serve the balance of his career with 435 Herc Sqn at CFB Edmonton and then moved with the squadron to CFB Winnipeg. He also did trips to Tulle, Greenland and spent time with Nato in Bosnia. His first love was always his years in the army. He retired from the regular Canadian Armed Forces with the rank of Master Corporal and started at Standard Aero in 1998 finally retiring in 2017. He was a proud Canadian Veteran. Brett and Jill met on Friday, January 13th, 2006 and were married on Friday, January 13th, 2012 at their home in Teulon. We were together 14 years, 5 months and 6 days. We were 2 people but 1 person. We laughed every day. We only needed each other. Our life was perfect. In 2016 we moved to our current home which Brett so loved and the property showed it. He enjoyed gardening and could grow anything be it vegetables and fruit for us to eat or flowers and plants to attract the birds and butterflies which he also enjoyed photographing. He was always working in his shop (man cave) be it woodworking, starting his plants in the spring or improving his RC airplanes. Otherwise he was doing home and yard improvements. There was nothing he couldn’t fix or figure out. When something needed doing he did it immediately. He could also cook and bake. His deep dish strawberry rhubarb pie complete with his own pastry was the best. He drove for the Teulon Handivan, was a spare bus driver for the Interlake School Division, a member of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada and the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council. He loved reading Steven King, spoiling the dogs, was a computer genius and had a wicked sense of humour. To honour Brett there will be no service. There will be a gathering of family and friends later this fall. If friends so desire adopt or donate to a dog rescue, plant or share from your garden with others, visit a veteran. To the Paramedics, RCMP, friends (especially Judy, Marie and Rachelle that day), family, neighbours, Ken for his guidance and compassion, my children, Dr Mike Loudon and his incredible staff for keeping us healthy, those who have come by, sent food, phoned, sent comforting messages, continue to take care of me, hug me, allow me to tell Brett’s story and cry, and anyone else I may of inadvertently forgotten, I say thank you. I will never be able to repay your kindness. It is what keeps me going day to day as I struggle. The world has lost a loving, compassionate and unique man who was mine. Until we meet again Babe.


My life and work were easier and a lot more fun as we served together at 435 and then at Standard Aero. Honest hardworking, and a keen trouble shooter, I regret loosing touch when I moved on to RRC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Jim

Jim Mackey

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