ST. LOUIS - Howard DeMere, the grandfather of St. Louis television weather forecasters, passed away at his home Wednesday night following a heart attack. He was 89.
DeMere began his career at KSD-TV in 1949 and for the next 31-plus years became a familiar face to St. Louis viewers until his retirement in 1981. He was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in June 2011.
His signature sign-off was, "That's all from here, Howard DeMere."
While DeMere is often credited as being "St. Louis' first TV weatherman," he told Mike Roberts in an October 2011 interview that was not the case. Jack Garrison briefly served as weatherman before taking a job in sales. But because Channel 5 was the only television station on the air from the late 1940s to the early 1950s, Howard was the only weatherman.
DeMere's wife, Nancy, said he'd been in good health in recent years, spending time with their dogs, taking walks, and doing lots of reading on the computer.
He is survived by his wife and their two children, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending.