Congressman Bill Young died at 6:50 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in the company of his family.
A statement from the Congressman's office gives the cause of death as complications related to a chronic injury. Information on his services will be forthcoming.
Pinellas County Commission Chair Ken Welch posted on his Facebook page shortly after the announcement of Young’s passing.
"Thoughts and prayers to Congressman C.W. Bill Young and his family. Congressman Young was a great leader and representative. Faith and family will carry your through," Welch wrote.
Welch and his family are still recovering from the recent death of the commissioner's father.
Bill Mischler, former longtime mayor of Pinellas Park also expressed his thoughts on Facebook.
"I didn't lose my Congressman this evening," Mischler wrote. "I lost my friend and mentor. Congressman C.W. Bill Young passed away at 6:50 p.m. this evening. Please keep his wife Beverly and the rest of his family in your prayers at this time.”
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office posted “Our thoughts and prayers and with the family of Congressman C.W. “Bill” Young – a great friend to our agency and our community for the past 53 years.”
Pinellas County residents were surprised when Congressman C.W. Bill Young announced Oct. 9 that he would not be seeking reelection in 2014. And local residents were reeling when news reports on Thursday said the Indian Shores resident had died.
Young, 82, is “gravely ill,” but reports of his death are without truth, officials said on Friday.
“Rep. C.W. Bill Young’s condition turned for the worse overnight and he is gravely ill,” according to a statement from his family released on Thursday. “His doctors say his prognosis is guarded.”
Young recently had surgery on his back.
Calls to the Congressman’s office on Friday revealed nothing new on his condition. Friday night, the announcement came that the Congressman had died.
Charles William “Bill” Young is the longest-serving Republican member of the U.S. Congress. He has served Florida’s 13th Congressional District in the House of Representatives since 1971. The 13th Congressional District is the only one in the state that is contained within one county. It includes all of Pinellas except for precincts in south St. Petersburg.
Young has been a strong advocate for Pinellas County. He served 10 years in the Florida State Senate and his 42 years in the U.S. Congress. He is currently serving his 22nd term in Congress.
Young has been a strong advocate for Pinellas County, taking on local issues, including the congestion on U.S. 19. His website points to his work to attract high-tech jobs to St. Petersburg; improve health care for low-income children and families; protect the neighboring MacDill Air Force Base; build a state of the art medical center for veterans at Bay Pines; ensure a steady supply of water for the Tampa Bay area; and offset the effects of erosion on the area's beaches.
Young was born in Harmarville, Pa., and moved to Pinellas County at the age of 15. Congressman Young and his wife Beverly have three adult sons, Rob, Billy, and Patrick.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement on Young’s death.
“Ann and I join all Floridians as we mourn the passing of Rep. Bill Young. As Florida’s longest serving member of Congress, Bill will be remembered as a true statesman and champion for the Tampa Bay area. He served with eight U.S. Presidents throughout his career, always putting the families of Florida first, and working across the aisle to find solutions.
“His work to support military family, our veterans, and his own service with the Army National Guard and as a reservists, will leave a lasting legacy. Rep. Young will be missed by his constituents and our entire nation.”