CLEVELAND -- Long-time WKYC-TV broadcaster, and friend, Del Donahoo passed away Wednesday.
He was 90 years old.
News of his death ignited a spur of memories on social media, with many of you, the viewers, expressing your thoughts and condolences.
A life in stories: Video from Del Donahoo's career
Thursday, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley released the following statement on behalf of City Council:
"You're Something Special when You've been Selected for Del's Folks." Del Donahoo was something special to those who grew up and lived in the Cleveland area. He joined WKYC-TV on July 1, 1968 and was on the air until his retirement a few years ago. We all can remember how "Del's Folks" transported us across Ohio to nooks and crannies and gave us a sense of exploring our own backyards.
Why we did not even know there was a maple syrup farm a few miles away until Del showed it to us. We did not know where to cut our own Christmas tree until Del gave us directions. It was these little pleasures in life that was his gift to us.
Del Donahoo co-hosted the "Today in Cleveland" show with Tom Haley which featured all the good things about our community and introduced us to memorable characters. His congenial manner and unflagging good spirit brought a sense of small town to an urban environment. We enjoyed viewing our world through his sentimental eyes.
And for many years he was the host and emcee for the City of Cleveland's Annual Senior Day event. Our condolences to the Donahoo family and to his WKYC-TV family too.
Pictures of Del through the years: