Tom Jolls Obituary, Death – The legendary Tom Jolls died away not long ago, and it is with a heavy heart that the family of 7 News conveys the news to you at this time. At Buffalo Hospice in Cheektowaga, Mr. Jolls, who many will fondly remember as Commander Tom, passed away in a calm manner on Wednesday afternoon. His passing was announced by the hospice.
At the time of his passing, he was attended to by his loved ones on both sides. The age of 89 has been reached by Tom. Tom was a much-loved member of the 7 News Team at WKBW. He was a native of Lockport and had spent his whole life there. Since he started his work there in 1965, he had been employed by the station for more than 30 years at that point.
Along with the seasoned news anchor Irv Weinstein and the sports anchor Rick Azar, Tom was a consistent presence throughout the evening on 7 Eyewitness News. During those broadcasts, Mr. Jolls would frequently use the now-familiar line, “It’s 11 o’clock, do you know where your children are?” In 1999, he decided to end his career at WKBW and retire. The year 1998 was significant for Tom since it was the year that he was officially inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
2019 marked the year that he was given the accolade of being inducted into the Hall of Fame of the New York State Broadcasters Association. The family of Jolls has issued a statement which may be found below. It was released on Wednesday afternoon.