, Derry, New Hampshire

September 27, 2012

Robert E. Young, 75

Derry, N.H. — Robert E. Young ("Bob") passed away on Saturday, September 22.

Known by many as "the waving man" on Route 102 in Derry, Bob was a beloved community member.

Bob was born on September 8, 1937 in Smithtown, N.Y. (Long Island) to Ernest Young, Sr. and Mary Mildred Dowd Young. He attended school in Long Island and later graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston. He was a lifelong artist, including still having pieces hung in homes, businesses and a gallery/museum in Terre Haute, Ind. A short time after school, he met his life partner of almost 44 years, Mahlon Dickerson Manson, and they moved to Derry, N.H. in the early 1960s. There Bob found his love for gardening and created his now renowned garden at his property on Route 102. Many have enjoyed the tours of his glorious garden over the past decades as well as taking cuttings of his unique and expansive variety of plants.

Bob enjoyed life and people, and after the passing of his partner Mahlon in 2006, his love for people only continued to grow. Bob is survived by his longtime friend, companion, caretaker and (unofficial) son, Evan M. Dooley of Massachusetts as well as his close and dear friends, Pat Martin, Joseph Lemieux, Harry Fields, Mark Sullivan, Sandy Clark, Rita Olszewski, Robert Pelligrini of Boston, Stormy and Kathy; his brother Ernest Young, Jr., and a vast number of other individuals, including those he waved to almost everyday.

ARRANGEMENTS: Bob will be remembered through condolence services, which are still being determined.

Please check his memorial websites at: and for more information.

For any gift considerations, Bob wanted donations to go to GLSEN, and any gifts in his name are greatly appreciated: