RIP Mr. Dressup - Ernie Coombs dies after stroke

Jeff Ulmer

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Canadians lost a great man today, as Ernie Coombs, better known as Mr. Dressup, dies after suffering a stroke. Generations of children grew up watching him on TV and some 4000 episodes.
This is yet another sad day. The full story is here .
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I heard yesterday that he was ill. I had no idea he had passed away today.
I remember watching Mr. Dressup as a kid. It was one of my favourite shows to watch as a child.
Ernie Coombs touched many childrens lives. A truly great man who devoted his life to making a positive impact on the lives of many youngsters.
May he rest in peace and enjoy eternity playing with the great Tickle Trunk in the sky.
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This is indeed sad news. I still remember watching his show growing up in the late 1960's. He's been providing great children's entertainment for many, many years.
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Dennis Reno

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Oh man, that sucks. I, like so many of you, grew up watching Mr. Dressup in the mid-70's. Being in SE Michigan allows us to watch Channel 9 (CBC). Mr. Dressup and The Friendly Giant were staples of my very early days!
Was it Mr. Dressup that had Casey and Finigan? (just read the article, it was Mr. Dressup)
I don't know how many other Americans will understand us morning a guy named "Mr. Dressup." They may think he was a drag queen! No offense intended, but today that name just wouldn't fly.
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Sigh. I really didn't need to see this today.

I hope Bob Homme, The Friendly Giant, was waiting to welcome Ernie.
 

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