We used to tease him and say it was a squeaky giggle said ron magers 75, who worked with mr taft for much of his career. What people usually heard was him trying to stifle it because he was really cracking up on the air. Mister taft died in his sleep thursday night. He was 77 meteorology came as a second career for mr taft. After serving in the air force, including a stint in vietnam, he could have stayed in the air force and gone on to have a comfortable retirement. But majors said when mr taft set his mind to something even becoming a television weatherman. He did it. He was guided by his own inner feelings. Majors said after an initial television gig in san antonio, mr taft, moved to chicago to work for wmaq chicago’s nbc affiliate. After seven years he switched to abc7 where he spent the remainder of his career. He also was the sun times meteorologist for a time abc 7 meteorologist, larry morey, said he’ll, always remember the stories mr taft told in the weather center he’d reminisce about the old days in tv news flying in vietnam and meeting baseball star mickey mantle mori said in An email i’ll, never forget him telling me it’s about the connection. Mori said the connection to the viewers and the connection to your co workers. You can’t fake that abc 7 reporter roz veron met mr taft when she was a senior at columbia, college, doing promotions for a country music radio station.

At the time veron said, mr taft was already a legend in 1980, but after just a couple of minutes talking with him varan realized, there was nothing to be intimated. About.Less than a decade later, varan found herself working with mr taft, who answered any of her questions about working on television and never made her feel nervous. He’D remind her that this isn’t brain surgery, it’s tv news veron, said, and if something went wrong while delivering the news, she should not dwell on it still. Varan said mr taft took his work seriously. He knew his craft well and stayed on the cutting edge of weather related technology, but he would deliver information in a way that wasn’t pretentious. She said he was one of the good ones. Varen said he’s going to be missed by a lot of people. They don’t make them like that anymore. On and off the camera. Good humor and contagious laughter followed mr taft. His co workers said, and mr taft often laughed hardest. When the joke was on him. Theron said he taught everyone at abc 7, the value of being able to laugh at themselves. John idler, the station’s president and general manager, said in a statement mayor lori lightfoot called mr taft. A class act in a tweet.mr taft gave his time to chicago charities and he’d always engage with viewers when he made public appearances, said abc 7 meteorologist, tracy butler. When a thought popped into mr taft’s mind he couldn’t help but say it.

Majors said making him one of the most honest people. Majors knew what you saw with the jerry on the air. Every day was the real jerry majors said he was very genuine majors and mr taft would often escape between newscasts to grab a quick and often unhealthy bite to eat. Those quiet moments talking about family or friends, are memories. Majors will hold on to. He said the pair would also frequent the golf course majors said mr taft scored eight or nine holes in one over his lifetime, including three. While majors was with him, mr taft retired in january 2018, to spend more time with family and on the golf course passing. The cold winter months near naples, florida he dabbled in crock pot, cooking and occasionally worked as an uber driver. His life could have been a best selling novel said mark gingrich, an abc 7 sports anchor and longtime friend of mr tafts. We laughed so hard together. We cried that’s what i’ll miss the most.