Although Mother Nature may not be providing the most worthy goodbye (she always was a fickle lover), one of her biggest crushes, Dave Devall, is retiring today. After forty-eight years as weatherman at CTV Toronto, our favourite local TV grandpa is packing up the plexiglass and felt pen. And other than deciding to audition with two thousand others for the fledgling Toronto station decades ago, it may be the best choice he has made. Since he announced his retirement on February 2, he has had a street in Scarborough named after him, been recognized as the world record holder for longest tenure as a weather man, awarded the Radio-Television News Directors’ Association of Canada’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and named an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Forces.
It’s all well deserved for a man who has made himself so ubiquitous that both Toronto’s senior citizens and grade schoolers recognize him, and his nostalgic appeal was refreshing, especially as newscasters turned on to new technologies (thanks for the tweet, Leslie Roberts). Although other celebs such as Chris Bosh and Colin Mochrie have filled in for kicks recently, Dave will be replaced by news-at-noon weather eccentric Tom Brown. Kelly Ripa even said her goodbyes in a CTV news segment, telling Dave she would meet him in the hot tub in five minutes. Tonight is his last show, and we wish him a happy retirement. And really, who can blame the guy for wanting to get the heck out of weather prediction before the Atlantic Ocean itself turns into a ten-thousand-league Jacuzzi?