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Scott Cudmore, getting caught up with him & his Queen of Hearts

- June 15th, 2012

Scott Cudmore Jeremy Jansen

An image from the set of Queen of Hearts, a video directed by Scott Cudmore (in hat). Photo by Jeremy Jansen.

It was a pleasure to talk this week with a London-raised film director & writer, Scott Cudmore. He has helped create a fascinating, powerful video for Queen of Hearts, a song by Toronto band (language alert, language alert) Fucked Up.

Queen of Hearts is up for a MuchMusic video award on Sunday. Go Scott.

Also expected to be on hand at the Toronto gala are RMC grad Liz Trinnear, a MuchMusic VJ now, & (if my memory is right) former London drummer Jason Pierce, who tours with Carly Rae Jepsen.

JBNBlog has written about Liz & Jason in the past. Scott Cudmore was new to me. Glad to have made the connection. There is a lot of #ldnont talent out there.

Douglas Waterston, RIP

- June 15th, 2012

My thoughts & prayers are with the family & friends of the late Douglas Waterston. Doug & his wife Elizabeth were longtime friends of my parents.
He died Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 87.
It is a shock to learn of his death. Right now, I can see Doug walking homeward to their beautiful place on Colborne St. after last Sunday’s 8 a.m. service at St. Paul’s. He was stepping along through the parking lot toward Clarence St. on a walk he loved to take. A few Sundays earlier, he had accepted a ride after inviting me over for a quick visit that morning. Doug & Elizabeth chatted briefly about their garden & showed me the amazing Jack Chambers portrait of their children.
The obituary in today’s Free Press provides many details I didn’t know about him . . . or perhaps had forgotten. It turns out he was one of many fine Londoners who worked at the old Farmer’s Advocate publication. As you will see, he was its editor-in-chief and GM during the late 1950s.
Doug will be missed here & many other places. The obituary provides some of the reasons he will be remembered so fondly.

WATERSTON, Douglas Longworth – Suddenly in London of a heart attack, on June 13, 2012, aged 87. Loved and loving husband of Dr. Elizabeth Waterston (Hillman), O. Ont., proud father of Dan Waterston (Jennifer), Jane (François Bregha), Christina (Tom Beaver), Charlotte (Rob Turner) and Rosemary (Phil King), grandfather of eleven fine young people and great grandfather of seven youngsters. He will be missed by many loving nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends old and new. Douglas was predeceased by his parents, Edward and Dorothy (Longworth) Waterston, his sister Joan (Ross Ritchie), and his brothers Thomas (Patricia) and John (Dorothy). His surviving sister, Patricia Lyons, lives in Hamilton. Born in Montreal, with deep family roots in Prince Edward Island, Doug graduated from McGill (BScAg. 1945), worked briefly during World War II on the CANOL Project, building an oil pipeline from the Norman Wells oil fields to the Arctic. He joined Canada Packers and travelled extensively the back roads of Ontario, connecting with the broader farm community of the post war era. He met Elizabeth as a graduate student at University of Toronto then returned to Montreal as an editor of the Family Herald and Weekly Star. In 1958 the family moved to London Ontario where Doug became Editor in Chief and General Manager of the Farmers Advocate, a nationally read weekly farm paper. He had the joy of knowing some of his editorials were read into Hansard by the Minister of Agriculture. When the University of Guelph was formed in 1964, Doug became its first Director of Information, working to build its reputation as a well-respected and popular University while integrating its strong agricultural roots. On retirement Doug returned to London and pursued the good life, both there and in Bradenton, Florida, perfecting his golf and tennis games, renewing friendships at the Baconian Club, Sunningdale Golf Club, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the London Club, supporting Elizabeth’s life as an author, and keeping up with his kids and the stock market. He advised and served for many years with the 4H Club, Junior Achievement, TVO and Anglican parishes in Montreal, London and Guelph. Doug’s volunteer activities also included the Canadian Mental Health Association and Kiwanis in Guelph. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Doug are asked to consider the Daily Bread Program at St. Paul’s or the United Way of London. Doug was a devoted husband and father, a warm person who touched the lives of many and raised smiles. Visitation Sunday, 6-8 pm at the JAMES A. HARRIS FUNERAL HOME, 220 St. James St. at Richmond. Funeral Monday, June 18, 11 AM St Paul’s Cathedral, 472 Richmond St. at Queens Ave., London. 11449317