Jonathan Crombie 12.10.56 – 15.4.15


Jonathan Crombie the actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the 1985 Canadian TV adaptation of Anne of Green Gables has died.

The actor’s sister, Carrie Crombie, told CBC News on Saturday that her brother suffered a brain hemorrhage and died in New York City on April 15. . .

Carrie Crombie said her brother never shied away from the fame that came along with playing the role of Gilbert Blythe, and happily answered to the name Gil when recognized by fans on the street.

“I think he was really proud of being Gilbert Blythe and was happy to answer any questions … he really enjoyed that series and was happy, very proud of it — we all were,” she said. . .

Crombie’s co-star and onscreen love interest Megan Follows, who played Anne Shirley in the movies, said his unexpected loss was “a big shock.”

“He was incredibly funny, Jonathan just had an amazing sense of humour,” she said. . .

L. M. Montgomery introduced me to feisty, book-loving heroines when I was a child. I loved her books and her characters.

My daughter took me on a literary pilgrimage to Prince Edward Island last year. It was fun to visit the places which featured in the stories and interesting to learn about the challenges the author faced, including life with a husband who suffered from what was then called religious melancholy but we now know as depression.

In preparation for the trip I downloaded Montgomery’s entire works and I’m still working my way through them.

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