August 12, 1952 – November 18, 2021
On November 18th 2021 Keith Dinicol passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 69.
Keith was born in Kamloops, BC to Connie and Tom. A gifted actor, Keith spent 50 years of his life performing on stages all across Canada, with the majority of his career spent at the Stratford Festival. He also worked in film and television, most recently with a recurring role on Chesapeake Shores. In addition to his passion for the arts, Keith was committed to making his community and country a better place. That led him to his long-time involvement with the NDP, including running as a federal candidate in 2006.
Keith’s greatest joy in life was his family. Survived by his beloved wife, Emma, to whom he was married for 45 years, and their three children Sam (Tabitha), Joe (Maya), and Sophie (Michael). He and Emma spent his final year in Victoria, BC, living just a few floors up from his adoring grandchildren, Arden and Iris. Despite a lifetime on stage and screen, Keith’s favourite audience was his family, and no one could make them laugh the way he did.
He will also be missed by his mother-in-law Caroline Neville, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and numerous cousins. He is predeceased by his parents as well as his father-in-law, John Neville. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Perth-Wellington NDP or a charity of your choosing.
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November 28, 2021
I got to know Keith when he was auditioning for The Sound of Music in Toronto. He coached his song with me and I played at his audition. He ultimately got the part. We would run into each other often during the run of the show. Lovely guy!
Valerie Drake Macdonald
November 26, 2021
Keith and I were part of an accelerated learning class in Kamloops at Alan Matthews Elementary. Our class did Grades 2 and 3 in one year, making us a year younger than the majority of our classmates when we met up again in junior high. Keith and I shared a love of performing. We went on to do a number of shows together, winning provincial acting awards that led to a summer at UVic in Victoria doing "Romeo and Juliet" when we were 15, directed by British director Martin Jenkins. Keith was already an accomplished actor by the time we graduated and his stellar professional career across Canada was yet to come. We were so looking forward to reconnecting once he and Emma moved to the Island. Sadly, it never came together but I value his memory as a truly gifted raconteur and friend. Much love to Emma and all of the Dinicol clan who have lost a true beacon of love and talent. You were everything to him -- his heart -- and his legacy lives on through each of you.
Rob and Susanne Walker
November 25, 2021
We were shaken by this news. Keith was truly a Man of our times. He was a respected actor , devoted father, and our neighbour down the street. We'll always remember him as a Stratford fixture. We send our sincere condolences to Emma and her family. We hope you can find peace in your hearts knowing he was one of the best.
JRW and SW.
November 23, 2021
Keith was a a couple of years ahead of me at school but I got to know him well through Drama productions with my teacher Tom Kerr. Quite simply everyone loved Keith. Yes because he was a great actor but mostly because he was a great person... easy to work with, funny, entertaining, dedicated to being the best and a good friend to go beer drinking with after a rehearsal. We lost touch when Keith moved across the country but reconnected through our love of politics. I was a city councillor in Kamloops for 13 years, elected in 2005. After Keith’s run for the federal NDP he contacted me. We stayed in touch and later became fb friends. He loved to talk about his family and how great it was to live sooo close to grandchildren. It goes without saying that he died far too young but dang he did a lot of living while he was alive. Canada lost a good one when Keith died. Condolences to all his family.