Keith Dinicol, who played Arthur on Chesapeake Shores, died unexpectedly before Season 6 aired on Hallmark Channel. Unfortunately, that means the sweet story he was a part of is coming to an end.
Keith Dinicol’s cause of death was a stroke
Keith Dinciol died of a stroke on November 18, his son Sam shared on Facebook.
Sam Dinicol wrote in part:
On Thursday a stroke took my father away from us. Suddenly he’s gone. While words cannot describe the shock and sadness we are feeling right now, I can summon a few to tell you about the good man that Keith Dinicol was.
Many will remember my father as a gifted actor. He was one of the finest classic character actors to ever grace the Canadian stage. He was justifiably proud of his work. But he was even prouder of his family. The last message he sent us was a link to an article he found about my brother Joe’s latest TV project.
This is a little snapshot of who my father was. An extraordinarily loving father, grandfather and husband to his beloved Emma, my mother. A gregarious man with a big heart, loyal to his people. As a man, he was the gold standard.
Sam Dinicol advised everyone who read his note, “Even if you think you’re giving your people all you can, dig deeper and give more. Be even kinder. be more patient love harder You will not regret it.”
When Dinicol died, Chesapeake Shores co-executive producer Mark Jordan Legan wrote of his sadness upon hearing the news.
He tweeted: “So sorry to hear of the sudden death of Keith Dinicol. I had the pleasure of working with him and writing for CHESAPEAKE SHORES last season and he was wonderful, sweet and talented. Rest in peace Keith.”
Arthur & Nell had a growing romance on the series
Dinicol’s death means that the budding romance between Arthur and Nell on the series will come to a sad end. Dinicol starred in six episodes of “Chesapeake Shores” in Season 5. He portrayed an elderly artist hiding from the world, mourning the death of his wife years earlier. Megan discovered his identity first, but it took Nell to bring him back into the world.
Arthur began mentoring one of Nell’s granddaughters, helping her to develop her own artistic talent, and he and Nell developed feelings for one another. The two characters shared a touching dance together.
Keith Dinicol led a busy, active life before his death
On Facebookshared Keith’s son, Sam Dinicol, that his father had a busy, active life before he died.
He said Keith started playing golf and went for two-hour walks almost every day. Sam shared that both his mum and dad had moved across the country to be near him the year before.
“During that time, I’ve enjoyed weekly dinners with my parents — including a pre-dinner Manhattan with Dad as we tried to solve the world’s problems,” he said. “We watched the Super Bowl together. I took him to Father’s Day dinner. And yet. It doesn’t feel like enough.”
Next to Chesapeake Shores Dinicol was a prolific actor, starring in Schitt’s Creek, Reign, Designated Survivor, Jesus Henry Christ, The Taming of the Shrew, and many other productions.
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