Willard Scott, the longtime weatherman for the “This day” uncover and the actual Ronald McDonald, died on Saturday morning. He used to be 87.
“This day’s” Al Roker confirmed Scott’s passing on “This day” and in a heartfelt Instagram put up. “We lost a cherished member of our @todayshow family this morning,” Roker wrote. “Willard Scott handed peacefully at the age of 87 surrounded by family, at the side of his daughters Sally and Mary and his stunning wife, Paris. He used to be genuinely my 2d dad and am the build I am presently resulting from his generous spirit. Willard used to be a person of his times, the closing broadcaster. There gained’t ever be someone fairly like him.”
Scott obtained his originate in broadcasting on WRC’s “Pleasure Boys” radio program alongside Ed Walker after graduating from American College. The uncover ran from 1955 to 1972, which used to be interrupted from 1956 to 1958 when Scott served within the U.S. Navy. Throughout the ’60s, Scott additionally hosted loads of teens’s television programs, taking half in characters like Bozo the Clown. Scott additionally originated the position of Ronald McDonald for McDonald’s in their TV spots, displaying because the personality long-established from 1963 to 1966.
In 1970, Scott started a stint at WRC-TV as a weatherman. He used to be then hired in 1980 by “This day,” replacing Bob Ryan. Because the “This day” weatherman, Scott used to be known for wishing centenarians cosy birthday and interviewing local characters all the way thru gala’s and events. In 1996, Scott used to be succeeded by Roker, however persisted to appear on the morning uncover loads of times per week to suppose cosy birthday to centenarians. Scott fully retired from television in 2015, and the plaza open air of Rockefeller Heart used to be renamed Willard Scott Arrive in his honor.
Katie Couric tweeted in remembrance of Scott on Saturday, writing: “I am heartbroken that the grand loved Willard Scott has handed away. He conducted such an outsized position in my life & used to be as warm & loving & generous off digicam as he used to be on. Willard, you didn’t make it to the front of the Smucker’s jar, however you modified so many lives for the simpler.”
I am heartbroken that the grand loved Willard Scott has handed away. He conducted such an outsized position in my life & used to be as warm & loving & generous off digicam as he used to be on. Willard, you didn’t make it to the front of the Smucker’s jar, however you modified so many lives for the simpler.♥️ pic.twitter.com/aePQnZxf5O
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) September 4, 2021
Scott is survived by his wife, Paris Keena, and two daughters. He’s predeceased by his first wife, Mary Dwyer Scott, who died in 2002.