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Kamloops actor Keith Dinicol has died

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A Kamloops actor who was instrumental in establishing theatre in the Thompson Nicola has died.

Keith Dinicol passed away after suffering a stroke on Nov. 18 in Victoria.

According to IMBd, Dinicol’s acting has been featured on television shows like Schitt's Creek, Murdoch Mysteries and Ready or Not. Recently he has been playing a character on the show Chesapeake Shores which is filmed on Vancouver Island.

In 2022, he will be posthumously featured in an episode of Breathe, a TV show, as a judge.

Keith and Sam Dinicol pictured enjoying a drink together in 2016.
Keith and Sam Dinicol pictured enjoying a drink together in 2016.
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He was also a resident actor at the Stratford Theatre Festival.

As one of the founders of the Youth Theatre, which evolved into the Kamloops Western Canada Theatre Company, before becoming Kamloops Western Theatre, Dinicol has been credited for helping evolve Kamloops into a Southern Interior theatre hub, alongside Tom Ker, Lanni McInnes Shupe, Maureen Marshall and Ray Wallis, said Victoria Weller of the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission, in an email.

“Make no mistake, no matter what, without their collective talent and vision, Kamloops Western Canada Theatre Company would not exist,” Weller said.

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Dinicol was raised in Kamloops by a single mother, where he studied voice, dance and acting to become Kamloops’ most successful actor, Weller said.

He graduated from high school in Kamloops in 1969. He met his wife Emma Neville in Kamloops, and in 1983 they have three children – a daughter named Sophie and two sons named Joe and Sam. Joe also went on to become a successful actor.

Dinicol also dabbled in politics – in 2006 he ran for the federal NDP in the riding of Perth—Wellington, which is a Conservative stronghold in Ontario.

Keith Dinicol, second from the left, is seen in this old Kam High photograph from 1968.
Keith Dinicol, second from the left, is seen in this old Kam High photograph from 1968.
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  This article was updated at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, to include the names of all three of Keith Dinicol's children and a photo caption was corrected that labelled his son Sam as Joe.

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