Veteran NBC television weatherman Willard Scott died at the age of eighty-four this morning after a sudden illness. Scott was well known for his upbeat demeanor and his holiday appearances in a red suit. Scott started his career as a weatherman in city after city across the country when he was just a boy, never wanting to return to his childhood home of Caldwell, New Jersey. He spent the last ten years of his life in Jacksonville, Florida, where he hosted NBC’s Today Show before his passing. Scott’s viewing will be held at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
NBC received a 20% increase in viewers this morning when veteran weatherman Willard Scott died. Scott was known for his upbeat attitude and his holiday appearances in a red suit. Scott started his career at the age of thirteen in Caldwell, New Jersey, and it was in Caldwell where his heart was guided towards the profession he would one day call home. Scott was a member of the American Meteorological Society and always had a positive outlook on life. He spent the last 10 years of his life in Jacksonville, Florida, where he hosted NBC’s Today Show before he died. Scott’s viewing will be held at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
Shari Sparks, Managing Director, NBC News said, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Willard Scott. He was a true gentleman, a true professional, and a true friend. I am honored that he chose to work at NBC News, and he chose to make Jacksonville his home. His iconic smile and warm personality will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
Scott will be buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida. Scott was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, and he was predeceased by his wife, Vesta and daughter, Stephanie. Surviving him are his son, Devon and daughter-in-law, Michele Loveland Scott; three grandchildren, Maris Scott, Avery Loveland Scott, and Caden Loveland Scott; as well as many nieces and nephews.
RIP, Willard Scott. We’ll miss you.