Memorial Services Announced for Montclair Legend Celess Young

Celess Young, 86 Credits: JP Holley Funeral Home Obituary

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Celess Young, 86, a barber in Montclair for over 40 years, was laid to rest on Saturday, December 3 in Columbia, South Carolina.

Known in the community as “Mr. Young,” he passed away on Nov. 28, according to published reports. 

Although living in Jenkinsville, SC, Young will be given a memorial honoring his legacy from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. The service will take place at St. Paul’s Baptist Church, located at 119 Elm Street.

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Young leaves behind his loving wife, Ruby O'Neal Young; beloved daughters, Christine (Joseph) Robinson, Maxine Young, Tynetta Young; devoted son, Christopher Young; two godsons, Marc S. Williams and Darryl Profit. He is also survived by seven sisters, Jessie Turner, Ernestine O'Neal, Virginia Young Brown, Eula Hampton, Arizona P. Felder, Arvella P. Belton, and Mary Peters; two brothers, David Peters and Morris Peters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Celess is predeceased by three of his children, including two of his sons, Celess Jr., Lonnie, and a daughter, Charlene Young-Harper.

Although a Brooklyn resident, Young was a barber who co-owned Brown and Young’s on Bloomfield Avenue with his brother-in-law. He later opened a shop of his own called Young’s World of Beauty, on Orange Road in Montclair's South End, where he served customers for over 30 years before retiring to South Carolina in 2005.

During his tenure in Montclair, Young was a mentor and friend to many and large influence in the community.

Fourth Ward Councilwoman Renee Baskerville recalled how important Young's involvement was in the Montclair community, saying, "As a lifelong South End resident, [I have] ....witnessed how he served as mentor and positive role model to thousands of people over the years who would stop in once a week for a hair cut and inspiring words."

Baskerville said that she is planning to propose to the Township Council a resolution naming the triangle park at the intersection of Orange Road and Cedar Avenue in his honor. 

She added that she didn't forsee any potential objection to this proposition, " I am very excited about the possibility of the triangle being named after such a pillar in the community." 


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