Former KOMO Weathercaster Ray Ramsey dies at 87

Former KOMO Weathercaster Ray Ramsey dies at 87 »Play Video

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. -- Our KOMO News family lost a legend this weekend. Longtime KOMO Weathercaster Ray Ramsey died Sunday at 87.

For 20 years starting in 1965, Ramsey talked this area through every storm and every sunny day. He was zany, irrepressible, full of wit and whimsy, full of compassion and always ready to fracture the English language during his forecast --- that was the essence of Ray Ramsey!

Ray was exactly the same in person as he was on-air: He was the most energetic man, with the funniest patter, that we believe we've ever met. When you were around him, you just had to listen to him.

He regaled you: Stories, one-liners, a sucker (he like to hand out See's suckers), all done as he was in motion. The man looked like he was in motion when he was sitting reading the newspaper.

His buoyant spirit was a highlight of our newscasts. He skewered everyone and anyone with equal abandon. And, he was one of the nicest people you will ever meet.

He is survived by his wife, Jo.

Here is video from Ray's last day on Channel 4: Sept. 6, 1985. The first video is the tribute to him at 5 p.m., followed by his final appearance on KOMO at 6:30 p.m.