On Thursday November 12, 2020 Thomas "Redboots" Young, 86, completed his journey at his home in Pinellas Park, Florida surrounded by his beloved family. Tom was born September 9, 1934 in Harmarville, PA. Along with his late mother, Wilma Wiley, and his late brother, Congressman C.W. Bill Young, he moved to Pinellas Park, Florida in his early teenage years.
Tom owned half of his masonry business, Tom and Jerry's Masonry, with Jerry Yoakem of St. Petersburg. Tom took great pride in the city he lived in and literally helped to build his community. One of his favorite achievements was building the Boys club with his own hard labor, donations he was able to obtain, and bringing in other masons to help.
Over his 86 years on this Earth, Tom experienced many adventures and accomplishments. From playing semi-pro ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, loaning famed racer "Big Daddy" Don Garlits a transmission, and beating Minnesota Fats at a game of pool. He also earned the nickname "Hollywood" with family and friends when he was the stuntman for Wilfred Brimely in the movie Cocoon. Ron Howard offered him the job after he jumped into the pool used in the movie to move props around. Tom wore many hats throughout his lifetime, but many will always fondly remember him out in the community building homes and scraping while wearing his notorious large sombrero.
Tom was also well known for being the record holder of 48 feature wins in a row at Sunshine Speedway. It was there that he earned his nickname “Redboots” for the bright red cowboy boots he wore each time he raced. One of his final requests was to see his race car that held so many cherished memories for him. Family and friends pulled together, and with the City of Pinellas Park, arranged a surprise parade for him that included his still pristine race car. He was deeply touched and thankful for such a wonderful moment to share with his loved ones.
Tom is survived by his devoted wife of 45 years, Toni Young; his four children, Jody Young of Fort Pierce, FL., Tom Young Jr. of Stuart, FL., Mike Millard of Seale, AL., & Lisa Shelton of Pinellas Park; his sister Sue Wiley & brother Tim Wiley, both residing in Florida and his 15 grandchildren, 23 great children and 1 great-great grandchild.
Due to current public health concerns, no services will be held. We encourage friends and family to share positive memories of Tom on this post in the comment section.