Bruce Schwegler, former WBZ-TV meteorologist, has died

Schwegler was 80 years old who covered the infamous 1978 blizzard for WBZ, The station said In a story on her website.

“I did it for five days in a row,” he recalls in 2018, according to the radio. “The other guys couldn’t get in.”

Can Schwegler Part of the Eyewitness News team along with broadcasters Jack Williams and Liz Walker, according to his profile in the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame. he is He left the station in 2001, the Globe reported at the time. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, according to His website.

“He was a Navy veteran, decorative author, teacher, exceptional father and husband, and also just one hell of a man,” the post on Facebook read.

The post was unsigned but appears to have been posted from his daughter’s account, Dr. Melinda White, and includes references to “my father” throughout the text.

“My dad was the life of the party,” the post said. “He was rowdy, he liked a good joke and he had boundless energy. He took risks and wasn’t afraid of failure or what people would think. He was insanely smart and had a tireless work ethic. He was someone who could really do that.”

The post also noted Schwoegler’s experience with aphasia, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and can affect their speech, ability to write, and understanding of spoken and written language, according to Mayo Clinic.

She added, “Although the aphasia made it more difficult to communicate with him verbally, his understanding, loud laughter, and larger-than-life personality remained intact, enabling him to live lively to the end.”

The Facebook post said Schwegler was a devoted family man who had been married to his wife for nearly 50 years and loved spending time outdoors – skiing in the Waterville Valley and boating in local lakes and coastal areas.

“He was brave and took our family on amazing adventures whenever he could,” the post said. “He taught me to ride a bike and we went on countless cycling and hiking trips. He loved swimming. He was a talented speed skater and it drove him crazy when we called him a snowboarder.”

Schwoegler was the first winner of the New England Emmy Award for Best Meteorologist, among many other awards, and helped set the school science curriculum at Boston University. During his long career, he developed “the ability to simplify and educate complex technological issues to broadcast audiences and others,” according to the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Schwegler’s family continued to learn from him until the end, according to the post on Facebook.

“My dad taught me a lot of things all my life and it never stopped,” the post said. “When his memories faded away and the future was not just an idea, he showed me how all we truly guarantee is the present. And in his death, he showed me that death can be accomplished with grace, beauty, and courage.”


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