Died: June 23, 2021.
JOHN Hamilton Younger, who has died on the age of 80, was an enormous man in each sense. A chartered surveyor by career and a pure chief of males, he was instrumental in serving to to show considered one of Scotland’s most venerable surveying companies, DM Corridor, into the pressure it’s in the present day.
Along with his imposing bodily presence and booming voice, John was for some a frightening determine. Those that knew him, nonetheless, knew in a different way, recognising a sort, thoughtful, and considerate man who, although immersed within the complexities of working a dynamic skilled agency, at all times had time to advise, information and mentor youthful colleagues.
He joined DM Corridor, which had established in 1897, in 1970, and opened the Glasgow workplace of the main unbiased earlier than spearheading a speedy enlargement within the eighties which led to the agency now having 26 workplaces all through Scotland and 250 employees.
In 1985, he was made Senior Companion, a job he relished as he elevated DM Corridor’s footprint with a swathe of recent workplace openings to satisfy the rising calls for of householders and a brand new property-owning atmosphere.
He was additionally an achieved sportsman, significantly good at cricket and hockey. Within the former, he captained Uddingston Cricket Membership between 1972 and 1974, and later turned Honorary President. He nonetheless held the membership file for probably the most wickets in a season and likewise for probably the most wickets taken in his taking part in profession at Uddingston.
John Hamilton Younger was born in November 1940 to William, a tax inspector with the Inland Income, and Mary Ellen. He went to Hamilton Academy earlier than taking the RICS apprenticeship course.
He educated with the Hamilton Estates Workplace and earned his spurs as a chartered surveyor in 1964. He labored with Fyfe, Gerrard and Paton after which the Leicester Constructing Society, from the place, on the daybreak of the Seventies he started his lengthy and pivotal relationship with DM Corridor, with which his title continues to be synonymous.
At the moment there was a drive to rid Glasgow of slum tenements and scale back the excessive proportion of council housing. From the mid-Nineteen Seventies onwards there was a serious shift in the direction of owner-occupation of residential dwellings. It was a interval of dramatic change.
Younger’s profession within the residential property sector within the West of Scotland straddled a major transition interval away from social landlords, in the direction of personal housing and residential possession, throughout which there was an enormous explosion in speculative giant scale housing growth within the late Nineteen Seventies, and this continued all through the Nineteen Eighties.
He turned a Fellow of the Royal Establishment of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in 1973, and for a few years he utilized his trademark authority as a outstanding and influential voice for the Scottish property trade on a wide range of RICS committees, in each Edinburgh and London. He was additionally a professional and revered arbiter and a a lot sought-after professional witness.
He stepped down as a accomplice within the agency and into a snug retirement in 2005 and whereas, for many workers of DM Corridor he’s recognized now solely by fame, a clutch of older companions within the agency remembers him with nice affection.
Alan Gordon, present Senior Companion, stated: “Though John Younger left DM Corridor, DM Corridor by no means left John Younger. He was a serious architect of the agency we all know in the present day, an enormous presence, and a person who by no means demanded, however at all times commanded the respect of his colleagues and friends.
“His legacy continues today with the significant number of Partners still in the business who owe their careers in DM Hall and the Chartered Surveying profession to the opportunity handed to them by ‘JY’ many years ago. His wise influence continued long into his retirement, and will be sorely missed.”
Younger started his cricketing days as a junior at Uddingston, aged 12, alongside Mike Denness (who would go on to play for Kent and to captain England). It was usually accepted that Younger might have performed for Scotland. At one stage Warwickshire requested him to return for trials however by then he was pursuing a profession in surveying.
An ankle harm curtailed his promising profession however by then he was captain of Uddingston Hockey Membership and had began taking part in golf at Bothwell Fort. Latterly he moved all the way down to the Cricket 2nd and third XIs to assist out with growth of youthful gamers. He later turned Honorary President of the hockey membership.
He served in the identical place at Bothwell Fort Golf Membership, the place he was a long-standing member. His backyard lay not more than a 9 iron from the membership’s greens. He served on the Most important Committee and was Membership Captain in 1985, and latterly served as Treasurer to the Seniors’ Committee.
He was a part of the group which shaped the Professional-Am Committee, which he chaired for a few years and which, since its inception 36 years in the past, has raised over £368,000 for native charities.
Whereas at DM Corridor he oversaw his agency’s formidable sponsorship of many sporting tournaments and occasions in Scotland, not solely the Dunhill Cup at St Andrews and the Western Union Cricket League however indoor athletics at Glasgow’s Kelvin Corridor and lots of extra.
He’s survived by his spouse Janellen, daughters Katie and Jo, and grandchildren Roddy and Rhona.
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