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Blame it on the Rain


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?

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  • http://undefined spacejack

    Umm, the ocean has been cooling for about 5 years now…
    My parents tell me I used to imitate Dave Devall using my chalkboard.

  • http://undefined David Toronto

    I tried watching the noon telecast on CTV HD but
    the signal was riddled with digital artifacts.
    Maybe they’ll clear up the problem by dinner time.

  • Val Dodge

    I grew up with Dave, Tom Gibney, and the awesome World Beat News theme. Colonel Dave can retire happy, knowing that he outranks Commander Tom.

  • http://www.torontocitylife.com/ torontocitylife

    Good old Dave. I’ll miss his ambidextrous low-tech illustrations of the forecast (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3463/3250017495_0ca1799a88_m.jpg).
    All the time I spent at CTV, his height always surprised me (or am I just short?). He definitely had a quirky take on things which was welcome; Tom Brown is the nearest analog, but he’s just different.
    I wonder what coke-crazed, rip-down-the-walls blowout the Devalls are holding tonight.
    http://www.torontocitylife.com/