Breaking News: Iconic WKBW Weatherman Tom Jolls Passes Away at 89

The 7 News family shares the heartbreaking news of the passing of the iconic Tom Jolls, affectionately known as Commander Tom. Tom peacefully departed on Wednesday afternoon at Buffalo Hospice in Cheektowaga, surrounded by his family. He reached the age of 89, leaving behind a remarkable legacy.

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A Mainstay on Buffalo Television for Over Three Decades

Born and raised in Lockport, Tom Jolls became a beloved member of the 7 News Team at WKBW. He dedicated over 30 years of his career to the station, joining in 1965. Throughout his tenure, Tom’s charismatic presence and meteorological expertise made him a fixture on Buffalo television screens.

Commander Tom: A Voice of Nighttime Broadcasts

Alongside esteemed news anchor Irv Weinstein and sports anchor Rick Azar, Tom Jolls graced the nighttime broadcasts of 7 Eyewitness News. His familiar catchphrase, “It’s 11 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” became synonymous with his name. Tom’s warm and engaging demeanor endeared him to viewers, making him an integral part of the community.

Recognitions and Retirement

In 1999, after a remarkable career, Tom bid farewell to WKBW and retired. His contributions to the broadcasting industry earned him induction into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1998, solidifying his place among the city’s esteemed broadcasters. In 2019, Tom received further recognition with his induction into the Hall of Fame of the New York State Broadcasters Association.

 Honoring a Legacy and Fond Farewell

Tom Jolls leaves behind a lasting legacy in the hearts of Buffalo residents and the broadcasting community. The 7 News family, along with countless viewers, mourns the loss of a beloved icon. We remember Tom’s dedication, professionalism, and his ability to connect with audiences on a personal level.

A Life Well-Lived

As we bid farewell to Tom Jolls, we celebrate the remarkable life he led. His contributions to WKBW and the broadcasting industry have left an indelible mark. Tom’s passion for meteorology, warm personality, and memorable catchphrases will forever be etched in the memories of those he touched.

Remembering Tom Jolls’ Enduring Impact

Tom Jolls’ presence on Buffalo television will be deeply missed. His legacy as Commander Tom, the iconic weatherman, will continue to inspire future broadcasters and meteorologists. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Paying Tribute to a Broadcasting Legend

As we honor the memory of Tom Jolls, we reflect on the extraordinary impact he had on Buffalo television and the lives of viewers. May his spirit live on, reminding us of the joy he brought to our screens and the timeless contributions he made to the broadcasting industry. Rest in peace, Tom Jolls, knowing that your legacy will forever shine bright.

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