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Bill Young Dedication

The Naperville Park district is renaming the athletic fields on West St. to honor the life of longtime Naperville resident Bill Young.

Young died in the summer of 2014 at the age of 79, but his legacy is not forgotten by members in the community today.

“He was the epitome of what I would say is a man who had leadership qualities, strong character, strong morals, strong ethics, love of family, love of community, and love of country, he had it all,” said Ray McGury, Executive Director of the Park District.

Young made his mark on Naperville through a variety of roles.

He started working for the park district in the 1960’s, helping to establish the town’s first park police. He also served as a dean and wrestling coach at Naperville Central High School.

Young is remembered as an icon for future generations in the community.

“We just need to bottle him up and spread that to our kids today, both men and women, that if you live your life like bill did, people will know who you are and you’ll leave this world in a better place than when you arrived,” said McGury.


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