John Young, the long-standing chairman of Young's, the Wandsworth-based brewer and pub operator, has lost a long battle against cancer. He died last night (Sunday, 17 September, 2006) aged 85. He was the longest-serving chairman in the British brewing industry, having led the family-controlled brewer, for 44 years. Young, a CBE, was the great-great-grandson of Charles Young, one of two businessmen who took control of the 16th-century Ram Brewery in 1831. Stephen Goodyear, Young's chief executive, said: “We are all very sad to hear of the death of John Young. "He was both a great leader and a marvellous character who was a source of inspiration to everyone who knew him or worked with him.” John Young leaves a son, James, who is deputy chairman of Young's and a daughter Ilse, who lives in the United States. His wife Yvonne died in 2002. His death comes in the week when Young's beers are being brewed for the last time at Wandsworth. Production will move to Bedford to be brewed under a joint venture with Charles Wells, the rival family brewer.