Tom Jolls, part of Channel 7’s legendary ‘Irv, Rick and Tom’ broadcast team, dies at 89

Western New York has lost a broadcasting legend. Tom Jolls, a beloved weatherman, and part of the iconic “Irv, Rick, and Tom” broadcast team on WKBW-TV, passed away on Tuesday at 89.

A Look Back at Jolls’ Career

Jolls was a staple of Buffalo broadcasting for over three decades, starting his career at WKBW in 1962. He quickly became known for his friendly demeanor, love of the community, and willingness to brave the elements to bring viewers the latest weather information.

Jolls was also part of the “Irv, Rick, and Tom” team that dominated Buffalo television in the 1970s and 1980s. Alongside news anchor Irv Weinstein and sports anchor Rick Azar, Jolls became a household name in Western New York.

Remembering Jolls’ Impact

Jolls’ passing has been met with an outpouring of grief and remembrance from fans and colleagues alike. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown released a statement mourning Jolls’ loss and praising his contributions to the community.

“Tom Jolls was a fixture in Buffalo broadcasting for decades, and his warmth, humor, and dedication to our city made him a beloved figure in Western New York,” Brown said. “He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.”

Former colleagues also shared their memories of Jolls on social media, with many describing him as a mentor and a friend.

Jolls’ Legacy in Buffalo

Jolls’ impact on Buffalo goes far beyond his work as a weatherman. He was an active community member, volunteering his time and resources to several local organizations.

Jolls was also a champion of local arts and culture. He was a regular attendee of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and was known for his love of theater and dance.

Jolls’ legacy will live on in the countless lives he touched in Buffalo. He will be remembered as a kind, generous, and dedicated Western New York community member.

The Legacy of “Commander Tom”

Final Thoughts

Tom Jolls was a beloved figure in Buffalo broadcasting and a true icon of Western New York. His passing is a loss for his family and friends and the entire community.

We extend our deepest condolences to Jolls’ loved ones during this difficult time.

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