Broadcaster, host and actor Bill Jessome passes away

Jessome, one of the founding figures of Maritime television and host of Maritime Mysteries, dies at the age of 88.

Bill Jessome has passed away at the age of 88.

The former evening anchor at CJCB Television in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, stayed with the station as it transitioned into ATV and then CTV.

Jessome, also an actor, enjoyed roles on TV’s Rawhide and Gunsmoke, but was best known as the host of the popular Maritime Mysteries series, which ran for five years on CTV.

He was also an author, penning several books on supernatural Maritime history.

During his legacy, he was the face of the annual Cape Breton broadcast of the CTV Christmas Daddies Telethon for years, and earlier this year was honoured with a lifetime achievement award from RTDNA Canada.

Said Michael Elgie, VP and GM, CTV/CTV Two Atlantic in a statement: “Never straying from his Nova Scotia roots, Bill is known as a founding figure in Maritime television, bringing his passion and energy to families and homes across the East Coast. Bill leaves behind a distinguished career and a community inspired and touched by his unsurpassed commitment to the Maritimes.

“CTV mourns the loss of a great man today.”