YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Family, friends, co-workers past and present and many faithful viewers lined up to say their final farewells and lend their support to the family of WKBN Chief Meteorologist Don Guthrie.
“My God, he was one of the best. Yeah, he is going to be sadly missed,” said Mary Bartholomew of Youngstown.
Elder Earle Barnes, and Pastor Paul Loggins came out to pay their respects to Guthrie and his family. They remember him before he was on TV.
“He was the one who brought us on the radio, we went on the radio what year was that. Years ago. So we just wanted to pay our condolences to the family,” said Barnes.
Don Lincoln Stevens Jr. won a shirt, which he still wears to this day, from a contest Guthrie did back in 1998. When he came to the station to pick it up, Don himself gave him the shirt, a moment he will never forget.
“Quite a guy, I’m going to miss him,” said Stevens.
It was not just Guthrie’s weather forecast, going out over the airwaves every night that people got, but it was his calming voice during the storms that kept people coming back night after night.
“It was Don’s forcast. I relied on him, I watched every news all day long,” said viewer Patrick Stitt.
“It’s ironic that it is raining on a day like today. Because he is missed,” added former co-worker Bill Castrovince.
A funeral service will be open to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Christine’s Church in Youngstown.