MARBLEHEAD, MA — A former Marblehead High basketball star who went on to serve the town for 32 years in the police department is being remembered for his "soft-spoken, relaxed and humble nature" after Kenneth "Marshall" Young died Tuesday. He was 86.
Marblehead police said it was "with deep sadness" that they notified the community of Young's death Thursday morning.
"He was a Marbleheader to the core," police said in a social media post.
Young grew up on Guernsey Street and was a basketball standout at Marblehead High.
He joined the department in 1966 when "officers were still walking foot patrol and utilizing call boxes strategically placed around town."
Young worked all three police shifts and finished his career in the dispatch center where he was a "calming voice, both to callers in crisis and to officers in the field on serious calls."
"Marshall had an easy way about him that helped those he met along the way, like him and cooperate with him while he conducted his official duties," police said. "His soft-spoken, relaxed and humble nature was complemented by his willingness to give people, colleagues and citizens alike, a big hug if he thought they could use one."
Young was a crossing guard at the Village School after retiring from the department.
"Few officers and dispatchers of today's department worked with or even knew Marshall as he retired from the police force," police said. "Suffice it to say, they missed knowing a great guy!"
Private services will be held at Murphy Funeral Home because of the coronavirus health crisis.
"Our deepest sympathy to his wife Barbara, their children and his extended family at this most difficult time," police said.