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Marilyn Young (also known as Cooper), well-known to those in downtown St. John's for her love of fur coats and platform boots, passed away Wednesday, reportedly of a heart attack.

Marilyn Young (also known as Cooper), a well-known woman to those in downtown St. John's for her love of fur coats and platform boots, passed away Wednesday, reportedly of a heart attack. — Photo by Robert Young, Celebrity Photos Studio

While details of Young's life and situation are not widely known, she was a fixture in the downtown area- known to ask passers-by for change, and then give the money to someone else she felt was in need.

Young was part of photographer Robert Young's "St. John's Character Collection," a series of black and white portraits of local people, and her photo hung in his Duckworth Street shop for years. Young liked the photo, he said, and would often stop in to see if it was still on display.

 

No details of a funeral for Young have been released as of yet.

 

This is a corrected version

Geographic location: St. John's, Duckworth Street

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  • Freda Penney -Thomson
    October 17, 2013 - 23:08

    Rest in peace Marilyn . Many good memories From childhood day's. You were a special person.

  • Rod Lyver
    October 17, 2013 - 09:40

    It was the busy Christmas rush on Water Street and Tina, my lady friend, was doing the last few days rush while towing three kids around with her. It was decided that her mother would meet her downtown and take the boys to music thus allowing Tina to continue her shopping. They met on Water Street and switched car seats and kids and while making the switch they noticed a little old lady,(Trixie) sitting on a stoop and watching them. In order to make room in the cars they removed several packages and placed them on the curb. With the switch made off they went. Several minutes later Tina realized that she had left her Christmas shopping on the curb. She went back to the spot and behold Trixie was there watching the packages and told Tina she knew she would remember and come back so she watched the packages for her. Many times I have seen her on Water Street and have always given her a few dollars. Many times I have seen her pass change to others who needed it. What a wonderful example of love and caring she showed to everyone. R.I.P. Marilyn

  • Andrew
    October 17, 2013 - 08:58

    Poor ol' scrap. Sin.

  • Rod Lyver
    October 17, 2013 - 08:41

    It was the busy Christmas rush on Water Street and Tina, my lady friend, was doing the last few days rush while towing three kids around with her. It was decided that her mother would meet her downtown and take the boys to music thus allowing Tina to continue her shopping. They met on Water Street and switched car seats and kids and while making the switch they noticed a little old lady,(Trixie) sitting on a stoop and watching them. In order to make room in the cars they removed several packages and placed them on the curb. With the switch made off they went. Several minutes later Tina realized that she had left her Christmas shopping on the curb. She went back to the spot and behold Trixie was there watching the packages and told Tina she knew she would remember and come back so she watched the packages for her. Many times I have seen her on Water Street and have always given her a few dollars. Many times I have seen her pass change to others who needed it. What a wonderful example of love and caring she showed to everyone. R.I.P. Marilyn