Journalist, author Scott Young dies

Canadian journalist and author Scott Young, who was also father of Canadian rock star Neil Young, has died in Kingston, Ont.

Canadian journalist and author Scott Young, who was also father of Canadian rock star Neil Young, died in Kingston, Ont. on Sunday. He was 87 years old.

Young was born in Cypress River, Man., and began his journalism career with the Winnipeg Free Press.

He worked for the Canadian Press during the 1940s, becoming a CP war correspondent in London from 1942-43.

He also had worked for Maclean's magazine and the Toronto Telegram.

By 1957 he was sports columnist for the Globe and Mail, and for the next quarter-century covered Grey Cups, World Series, Stanley Cups, the Olympics and appeared on Hockey Night in Canada.

In 1984 he wrote Neil and Me about his relationship with his famous son.

It is said that Neil Young's first musical abilities were encouraged when his father gave him a ukulele for Christmas in 1958. His parents split up not too long after that.

Scott Young would marry three times and have seven children and stepchildren.

He enjoyed wide success as a novelist, short-story writer and popular historian, and published about 40 books, most of them sports history and biography.

Young wrote novels and non-fiction work, including The Flood,Murder in a Cold Climate and The Shaman's Knife.

He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a journalist in 1988.