It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Christopher “ Kit” Hood on January 20th 2020. Kit died suddenly at his home in West Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia.
Kit was born in England to Robert Hood and Eve Jennings. In his mid-twenties he emigrated to Canada and made it his home.
Kit had a full life in which he was able to fulfil his creative desires writing, directing, editing and producing movies and television. He will likely be best remembered as the co-creator of the Degrassi series of television shows following the lives of Toronto children from elementary school through to high school graduation; these influential shows were an essential part of late 20th century Canadian popular culture, and have fans around the world.
Whilst he stepped away from professional video production in his later years, he maintained an interest in cinematography and editing, always happy to capture things that caught his interest on film.
He spent the last two decades of his life living on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast, a place where he formed a strong network of friends with a shared love of nature, the ocean and life.
He also shared this love with his two daughters; Georgia and Fenella, and his grandson; Sylvester. He is survived by his wife Agnes Malouf and her daughter July; and his sister Nicola and her husband and two sons in Australia.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hope For Wildlife.
Deepak and I spent many delightful times together with Kit and Linda when they were just starting out ( and beyond) as were we. I credit Kit with much of what I learned about film-making. Although we lost touch when he moved east, I will remember always his sunny personality and his intense angst sometimes when directing. Condolences to his family. I'm sure you have some great memories. We do remember Georgia and Fenna as kids. Love.
I hope that what I write here will somehow make you feel a bit better during this awful time. I want to tell others more about your wonderful man, Kit Hood.
Kit was a strong supporter of CASLE (Canadians for A Safe Learning Environment). Thanks to Agnes’ years of volunteer work with us, he couldn’t help but know what we were doing and to get involved.
Kit helped CASLE more than people know, and with no fanfare. He made it possible for CASLE to receive a donation that kept us afloat for over 10 years. He had the idea that the residual funds from the Degrassi Junior High TV show’s trust fund might go to CASLE, and they did. The trust fund had been established to make sure the student actors would have the resources to complete their education and get a start in real life once the show ended. After all was done, and the trust was to be closed, the remaining funds were donated to our registered charity - a fitting donation from a fictional school to benefit real schools.
Continued in next condolence.