Longtime Detroit newsman Joe Weaver dies
Longtime broadcaster Joe Weaver has died, according to a local obituary. Fox 2 Detroit also reported the death on its website.
An obituary for the former newsman and editorial director at WJBK-TV (Channel 2), the station name before it switched to Fox, was posted by Chas Verheyden Funeral Homes Inc. on verheyden.org. The post said Weaver died Friday, May 4, 2018, in Detroit. He was 89.
He died from congestive heart failure and kidney failure, said Fox 2, citing his family.
Weaver “worked at this station even before it was Fox 2,” the station said. He covered stories such as the aftermath of the Detroit riots in 1967 and the auto industry in a career that stretched from the 1960s to the 1990s, Fox 2 said. He retired in 1993.
In a nod to his ties to the community, Weaver narrated a local history of Grosse Pointe in “Recollections of the Past: 1650-1900” on Channel 56 in 1996.
Television viewers remembered the longtime newsman, posting condolences and memories on Fox 2 Detroit’s Facebook page.
“I remember my mom telling me about meeting him in a restaurant one time,” said one post. “She felt like she was with a celebrity, since he was on the TV.”
Another called him a class act. “RIP Sir you were a class act and you could have taught some of these young news anchors how to act and tell the facts. You will be missed.”
Visitation is 3-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home at 16300 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. A funeral is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Bonaventure Monastery, 1740 Mt. Elliott, Detroit.