Yesterday the world learned the news that Jonathan Crombie, the man who was Gilbert Blythe to so many of us died a few days ago aged 48! from a brain haemorrhage.
The news saddened me. So young to die. Just a few years older than me. His family must be reeling. So terribly, terribly tragic. I don’t even have words for that….
I do want to say though that he leaves behind a wonderful legacy.
Gilbert Blythe was my first literary crush and IMHO the original beta hero and Jonathan Crombie seemed to personify the very spirit of the boy Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote all those years ago. When she gave us Gilbert, she ruined many of us for all other men and Jonathan brought him to life so perfectly.
Today I feel like I’ve lost a friend. A little piece of my childhood.
Jonathan Crombie was a talented actor who went on to do many things but it is for Gilbert Blythe that he will be remembered most.
He will always be Gilbert to me.