Beloved ABC7 Weatherman Jerry Taft , has died at the age of 77, according to a statement posted online on Jul. 24, 2020 by ABC7 News.
Who is Jerry Taft.
Jerry Taft was an American meteorologist who served as chief meteorologist for WLS-TV in Chicago. He worked in that role for 33 years.
Before Joining ABC7 Taft spent one year at Georgia Tech, before working as radar technician for the United States Air Force in Iowa.
After studying at Wartburg College for one year, he got accepted into the Airman Education and Commissioning Program, which sent him to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. During his time there, he became a pilot and fought in the Vietnam War for a year.
He eventually obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from that institution in 1969.
He revealed that he initially did not aspire to be a meteorologist on television. His interest in the area piqued during the time that he flew airplanes. According to his profile on Wikipedia
Jerry Taft retired from ABC7 in January 2018, he died peacefully Thursday night surrounded by family members.
He left behind his wife Shana and his children Skylar, Storm, Dana and Jay.
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused Jerry Taft death . We have not seen any statement from his family detailing the cause of his death.
Tributes and Condolences
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
More people reacted to Jerry Taft death on social media.
Manny Gomez wrote “I met Jerry when he showed up at our grammar school as guest speaker back in 1980 when he was the weatherman at NBC 5. Over the years, it was a pleasure seeing him both in TV and in person right up to his retirement. He was a class act who will be sorely missed. Prayers and condolences to the Taft family”
And Carlos Illingworth wrote ” This is heartbreaking. Such a kind man, may his soul RIP. We had a chance to chat after our one of our daughter’s catechism classes not too long ago. He shared about his career and how becoming a Deacon actually brought him and his wife closer. He was such a blessing to have at St. Mary’s. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us. My prayers are with them.”
Maria Venegas reacting to the death of Mr. Taft wrote on Facebook “Sad, I always thought he was full of life, energy and what it takes to be a good Deacon, I need time to assimilate our loss. My mother used to say “Dios siempre se lleva lo mejor”. Know BE our Angel
Prayers for his family and our fathers at St. Mary’s Church”