Feature photo by Liam Norris

Caption: 2015 – March to the Memorial Arch – OCdt Stephane Prior aiding Doug Youngson from the Parade Square to the Arch and back.

H3439 Douglas Mackenzie Youngson – Class of 1955

YOUNGSON, Douglas Mackenzie – 1931-2018 Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He served his country with the Royal Canadian Engineers and with his wife Jane, raised their children Grant (Christine), Tessa (Gilles) and Jennifer. Dad spent 62 years as a husband, 6 decades as a father and 3 decades as a father-in-law. His greatest role was grandpa, poppa and pa to his six grandchildren. Alexandre, Mackenzie, Sydney, Maxwell, Zachary and Delaney. Predeceased by his sister Helen Jean and will be missed by his nieces Susan and Margie (Steve). Also by his sister Merrall (Jerry) and nephews Jamie (Marion) and Anthony (Elissa). Douglas (Digger) loved RMC and the military; and his dear wife Jane who came from abroad to marry him and raise their children. He will be missed by his extended family Celine, Joanne, Caroline (Chris) and Jonathan (Elianne). The family wishes to thank all the dear friends who have loved and supported both mom and dad and all of us. Special thanks to Bill Oliver of the RMC Club of Canada who helped Douglas Youngson (L.COL.) march in his last ex-cadet parade aided by Stephane Prior. The family truly appreciates the love and support of all of those at Arbour Heights. Dad is reunited with his mother Grace Elizabeth who he lost over 86 years ago.

There was a ‘celebration of life’  held at the JAMES REID FUNERAL HOME on Saturday October 20; we had an opportunity to attend. The turnout was impressive in light of the fact that there was less than a 24 hour notice.

“Digger'” would have been proud on both the size of the crowd and the great tributes put together by the family.

Previous e-Veritas Doug Youngson article – HERE


5473 Wilf Cude – Class of 1962

Wilf’s body has been donated to the Dalhousie Medical School. No Memorial service will be held for him until, as is the custom of the School/Centre, a group acknowledgement is held in a year or two … to which a number of people (family and others) will be welcome to attend.


We are still waiting word and details, when the family of 4823 Archie Zagrodney – Class of 1960 will be hosting a celebration of Life. We will do our best to inform our readers when we hear something.


  • J. R. Digger MacDougall

    October 22, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Saddened to learn of Digger’s passing. I enjoyed his friendship for many years and missed him when he wasn’t around. I extend condolences to the family and Digger’ s classmates and all whose life he touched.
    “…..we will remember them ”
    J R Digger MacDougall
    (The ‘other’s Digger)

  • Gary Ferguson

    October 22, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    While not unexpected, it is nevertheless very sad to learn of Wilf Cude’s passing. He became my “best bud” when, in our recruit-year, having scored 1 out of 40 on my mid-term calculus exam, I learned from Wilf that he had “bettered” me with a zero. Needless to say, we both became Artsmen. All of that era will recall Wilf’s sense of humour, exemplified by his appearance on parade on March 1st of 1959 with a large leek dangling from his wedge cap. To the RSM’s demand “What is that monstrosity on your cap, Mr. Cude?”, Wilf quickly replied: “It’s a leek, Mr. Sininger, as approved for wear on this St. David’s day”. And so it was!
    Rest in peace, Wilf.
    5480 Gary (“Argus”) Ferguson

  • Sam Dunbar

    October 22, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Liz and I are very saddened to hear of Digger’s death. Jane and Doug were our close friends for many years but since our retirement in the far west we haven’t kept in frequent contact. Our very deepest sympathy is sent to all the family. With love, Sam and Liz Dunbar

  • 8430 Michael Keefer

    November 17, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Wilf Cude was a fine scholar and a deeply perceptive literary critic. In his book “The Ph.D. Trap” he offered a courageous and acerbic diagnosis of the Canadian literary academy. In his other writings he showed how critical thinking could proceed. The novelist Timothy Findley was outspoken in declaring that Cude’s interpretations of his fiction were “the most consistently accurate, interesting and provocative” he had seen.