|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1927|
|Death: ||Sep. 18, 2001|
Television Personality. Born Ernest Coombs in Lewiston, Maine, on November 26, 1927, he was considered a true icon of Canadian children's programming. Affectionately know as 'Ernie', Coombs he is best remembered for his role as 'Mr. Dressup' on the Canadian Broadcasting Network's (CBC), long-running children's program by the same name. The show which ran from 1967 to 1996, had Coombs showing children how to draw, make crafts, read stories, entertaining them by dressing up in costumes that he had in his 'tickle trunk', all with the help of puppet friends like, Casey and Finnigan, Alligator Al who owned a trading post, Truffles, Granny, Chester the Crow, and even some live guests. Before getting into acting, Coombs studied commercial art and painted scenery. He later worked with the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based Miniature Theatre, and WQED-TV. In 1963 he met a man named Fred Rogers (the future 'Mr. Rogers') and moved with him to Canada, becoming a puppeteer for Rogers. In 1964 Rogers moved back to the United States, but Coombs stayed in Canada and became the host of the children's television program, "Butternut Square" where he also first introduced the character of 'Mr. Dressup.' The show ran from 1964 to 1967. Coombs also did other children's programming including, "MisteRogers" from 1962 to 1964, "Vacation Time" in 1965, and "Simon In The Land Of Chalk Drawings" iin 1976 which he narrated. In 1992 tragedy struck when Coobe's wife Lynn was killed in Toronto when a car jumped a curb and hit her. They had been married for 31 years. In 1994 he was given the honor of becoming a Canadian Citizen, was awarded the Earl Grey Award the same year for Excellence in television, he was awarded a Gemini for best performance in a children's program, and in 1996 he was awarded the Order of Canada. After he retired from his show in 1996 after almost 30 years and countless episodes, Coombs continued to make personal appearances and even some time to do stage work for children including, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Cinderella. He also wanted to spend time with his family and enjoy time at his property in Maine. On September 18, 2001, at the age of 73, Coombs passed away from the effects of a stroke he had suffered a few days earlier. He was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his property in Maine. Following his death there was many tributes and memorial services in his honor. (bio by: K)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Ashes Scattered At His Cottage In Maine
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Originally Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Oct 19, 2001
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Added: Nov. 26, 2014
You were part of my childhood memories, thank you for the entertainment. May you rest in Heavenly peace.|
Added: Nov. 26, 2014
thinking of my grandfather today, you passed on when i was only four years old but i was blessed to have met you and spent time with you before you went to meet god, i love you so much and you are never forgotten, bless you for touching so many lives with...(Read more)|
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