‘One of the greatest icons of TV meteorologists’: Tributes pour in for Dick Goddard

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – FOX 8 meteorologist Dick Goddard died Tuesday at the age of 89.

His legacy touched many corners of Northeast Ohio.

Tributes began pouring in as the news broke of his passing including from the Cleveland Browns. Dick was a statistician for the Browns radio broadcasts – a position he loved and held for 43 years.

“I actually want to take a little bit of time just to acknowledge (Cleveland TV/media legend) Dick Goddard’s passing today. Dick was a statistician for 43 years with our radio team. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I wanted to extend condolences to his family on behalf of the Browns organization,” said Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Andrew Berry.

“RIP to the Cleveland legend,” the Indians said on social media.

Cleveland’s own Drew Carey said he was honored to have met Goddard.

The National Weather Service Cleveland sent their condolences.

“His passing is a huge loss to our local community. He will be missed as one of the greatest icons of TV meteorologists,” NWS Cleveland wrote.

White House correspondent and former FOX 8 employee Kelly O’Donnell called him “the brightest star any of us knew.”

The City of Cleveland shared condolences, as well. “On behalf of the City of Cleveland, I would like to extend our condolences to Dick Goddard’s family and friends during this difficult time. We recognize his achievements and his contributions to the greater Cleveland Community,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

“On behalf of the City of Cleveland, I would like to extend our condolences to Dick Goddard’s family and friends during this difficult time. We recognize his achievements and his contributions to the greater Cleveland Community,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

Former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich described Goddard as “brilliant and funny.”

From one legend to another, former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar acknowledged his passing.

Here is what some of FOX 8’s own are saying about Mr. G’s passing:

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We are heartbroken that our dear friend Dick Goddard passed away this morning. I fought back tears as I delivered the news about his passing this morning and noon hour. My heart is so sad. I first met Dick when I was a child – my cousin Tana Carli anchored the news alongside him. I was star struck …He was THE Dick Goddard! I then started working with Dick in 1992… and it was a thrill – and great honor – every time I worked with him… chatted with him… danced with him … and sang with him. We used to sing duets together with Ohio Orchestras.. singing everything from The Phantom of the Opera … to Christmas songs. He had such a gorgeous and powerful voice! Dick gravitated to people … and especially to children. There wasn’t a day that he would not ask how my Siena and Race were doing… what they were up to…and if they needed more Woollybear stickers and T-shirt’s. He took time to ask about updates on my life. He would always remember the details and would be sure to follow up the next time I would see him. He had the most remarkable memory… a true genius! Besides singing together, Dick and I bonded over our love (more like obsession) for animals … He would ask how my “little farm” was doing and never forgot that I raised a little Fox – named Tippy. I was honored to help in small ways (making phone calls, writing letters, etc) his Goddards Law family work to pass the law that will forever protect domestic animals from abuse and neglect. He gave all animals a voice. And that just might be his greatest legacy that Dick leaves behind on this earth. When it was bitter cold outside … Dick would worry most about the outdoor animals. When it was scorching hot? … again… make “sure the four-foots have plenty of water.” Dick.. I truly cannot thank you for all of your kindness, compassion and friendship for ALL of THESE YEARS. I cannot help but think of your reunion with your mother now… you loved her so dearly … and brought her so much happiness. You were such a devoted and loving son! And I will cherish the stories you shared with me about her! You are missed ALREADY! @fox8newscleveland ❤️

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The Legend. Rest In Peace my friend.

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