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John Emmett Young, 72, of Bedford, New Hampshire, passed away unexpectedly while visiting Pennsylvania for an annual family reunion. He was born December 18, 1949 in Hackensack, New Jersey, son of Louis E. and Jean L. (Lappley) Young. John graduated from Randolph Macon Academy in Virginia, and Lycoming College in 1973 where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He was very active during his college years, founding the local campus radio station, organizing campus rock concerts, and serving as a fraternity advisor. A competitive swimmer as a young man, John never lost his love of water sports or the outdoors. He enjoyed boating, waterskiing, hiking with his son, and napping in the hammock under the trees at his family's lake house. John was also an avid traveler, enjoying time exploring both domestic and international locales with his family. John was an entrepreneur at heart, beginning with his partnership in The Stereo House, a Williamsport-based chain of electronic and music stores that expanded to include several locations throughout the state. After relocating to New Hampshire in 1985, he founded Stirling & Young, an information management interoperability solutions company with offices in the U.S. and Europe. John served as a trustee for many years and later as vice-president of the board at The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont. He was preceded in death by his parents; and oldest sister, Patricia Y. Larson. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Mary L. Little; one son, Matthew Emmett of New Hampshire; sisters, Ruth Y. (John) Laird, and Elizabeth Y. Mohr; brother, Jeffrey L. (JoAnn) Young, brother-in-law, John E. Larson, and many beloved nieces and nephews. A private family service will be held in New Hampshire. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to a local food bank, the Wounded Warrior Project, Special Olympics, The Greenwood School, or another charity of one's choice. Arrangements are being handled by Spitler Funeral Home, Montoursville.