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Dr. Christopher Paul Youé


Dr. Christopher Paul Youé

With deep sorrow, Christopher Paul Youé’s children, Ben and Emily, announce their father’s death on November 27, 2018, surrounded by family, after fighting a lengthy illness so courageously. Born on February 13, 1948 in Ilford Essex, England, he made his way to Canada as a young man to study at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  

Chris fashioned himself a renaissance man; he was brilliant, funny, and an amazing musician, loyal and full of energy. As his career evolved, he distinguished himself academically with numerous publications and conference papers. He was an exceptional orator who held the gift of reading his audience and delivering his subject with flare, wisdom, and emotion. His dedication to his students was unwavering, often going beyond the call of duty to support them with care and compassion. Chris was committed to the Canadian Association of African Studies, which produces the Canadian Journal of African Studies. He served for three decades on the Executive Board, including two terms as President. He also served for 21 years as an editor of the Journal and was Editor in Chief for five of those years. He was a man of principle and social justice. If there was a cause worth fighting for, he was "on it." Stepping on a few toes never deterred him from what he believed to be just. He was a much-loved professor of History at Memorial University of Newfoundland for over 30 years. He was an inspiration to his students and was acknowledged in MacLean’s special university edition as best loved professor. Chris also held strong ties to his beloved England and would seek out any bar in any part of the world to catch a game featuring his much-loved football team West Ham United. Chris’ thirst for life was unquenchable. 

He was a world traveler, loved new experiences, great wine and food. But mostly this "one of a kind" man loved his family. His son Ben and his daughter Emily rocked his world. His four gorgeous grandchildren, Kingston, Esmé, Easton, and Winsloe, were his joy, and from whatever part of the world he was exploring, he never missed an opportunity to Skype. As his daughter’s home became quiet immediately following his death, his eldest grandson 6-year-old Kingston said: "I know he died Granny, but Grand Dad’s heart will live with us forever."

Dr. Christopher Paul Youé was the son of the late Herbert John Youé and the late Elsie May Youé (Beverley). He was predeceased by his brother Anthony (Jean), and is survived by brother Stephen Mills (Susan) and sister Deborah. Chris is also survived by his two children Benjamin (Christina) and Emily (James) as well as his four gorgeous grandchildren; Kingston, Esmé, Easton, and Winsloe. Many cousins, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends that he cherished also survive him. 

The family would like to thank the palliative care team in Amherst for their compassion and care for Chris over the past three weeks

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of Furlong~Jones Funeral Home, 70 Church Street, Amherst (902-667-8777).  Celebration of Chris Youé’s illustrious life is planned for next summer in Amherst, Nova Scotia, with details to be circulated widely. 

Donations in memory of Chris may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Christopher's online memorial at or throught the Furlong~Jones Funeral Home Facebook Page.

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