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Funeral Arrangements For Congressman C.W. Bill Young

Funeral Arrangements For Congressman C.W. Bill Young

A public visitation will be held for Congressman C.W. Bill young next Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park.

A public funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. Graveside services will be private.

Longtime U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, the longest-serving Republican member of the House, died at 6:50 p.m. Friday.

Young checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Wednesday night with back problems. These are the same back problems that pushed Young to announce he had no intention to seek a 23rd term.

President Barack Obama has released the following statement:

‘Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman C.W. Bill Young.  For over 50 years Bill served the people of Florida, both in the state legislature and as the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He will be remembered for his advocacy and support for the armed forces, service members, and their families as well as his statesmanship and long history of working across the aisle to keep our country moving forward.’

Young’s early political career stems from the state of Florida and the Tampa Bay Area. He was a member of the Florida state senate from 1960-1970 and the Florida Constitution Revision Commission from 1965-1967. In a statement released by Mayor Bob Buckhorn, he expresses Young’s dedication to his roots locally.

‘Bill Young's love for his country and our community was best shown in his dedication to public service. Tonight, we lost a champion who never forgot where he came from and always had Tampa Bay at the top of his agenda.’

 Jack Harris, radio personality and host for AM Tampa Bay, knows what Young not only meant for our country, but also what he meant for the Tampa Bay Area.

 “There were a lot of people who had a hand in saving MacDill Air Force Base from the Base Closure Commission, including Sam Gibbons and Al Austin, but Bill Young was the guy most responsible for keeping it here,” said Harris. “His seniority will be irreplaceable and his love of Tampa Bay and all that he did for it will be always remembered.”

Family attorney David Jolly said the family has notified the offices of the speaker of the U.S. House and the governor of Florida of Young’s death and the vacancy in the 13th Congressional District.


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