Hundreds turn out to bid farewell to Veteran Broadcaster Anthony ‘TY’ Young on Saturday after contributing decades in the media landscape.
The thanksgiving service to celebrate the life of the man who worked in the media for over 35 years was held at the Good Tidings Mennonite Church on Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew.
The nearly three-and-a-half hour-long service had a wide cross-section of the Jamaican society attending that included politicians, musicians and media workers along with co-workers at the various entities that Young, popularly called Tony or TY, had served over the years.
Tributes came from Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles; friends Clyde McKenzie and Cordel Green; family member Linval Ford; Dwayne Anderson, business development officer at KLAS where Young worked; and Pastor Douglas Senior of the Mennonite Church where he worshipped.
Charles, who spoke on behalf of the government of Jamaica, said that Tony was a “nice guy”, whom he worked with on KLAS while doing a talk show at the radio station.
According to Charles, he has never met an individual who had bad things to say about Tony, as he demonstrated good character, love and friendship that should be spread among the general populace.
Meanwhile, Green, the executive director of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, said that Tony was an unassuming person, which belied his experience.
Tony Young died on August 3 after battling kidney diseases since last year, when he was diagnosed with stage three renal failure and was in and out of hospital both locally and in the United States of America.