Dave Schwartz (1953 - 2016)

Dave Schwartz, an on-air meteorologist with the Weather Channel for more than two decades, died July 30, 2016, of cancer, according to the cable television station. He was 63.

The Weather Channel said in a news release that the Philadelphia native had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 years ago. He had been treated successfully twice, but the cancer recurred last year.

"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to let you know that Dave Schwartz has passed away," the station said in a post on Facebook. "Dave spent 22 years at The Weather Channel. He was a fan and staff favorite because he so obviously loved what he did and had a unique ability to draw viewers into the fascinating world of weather.

"His passion for weather was contagious and inspired many to enter the field of meteorology. His love of weather will never be forgotten, he will be greatly missed."

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Schwartz's on-air colleague at the station, Jim Cantore, said in a statement that Schwartz was friendly to everyone he met.

“Everything was genuine about this wonderful man,” Cantore said. “He was everybody’s friend and that’s what he really wanted to be. He made so many of us laugh, smile, and wish we were like him. He was so genuine and trustworthy – things that come from the soul and cannot be taught … I’m so thankful he was on our team doing what he loved till the end of his time.”

In a message to Weather Channel viewers on World Cancer Day, Schwartz said, "I want to let you know that the reason that I've lost 35 pounds in the last five months is because I am being treated for cancer as well. I'm in great hands."

He encouraged people with cancer to seek treatment at a "cancer-centric" treatment center, noting that he had been given a short time to live a decade ago by a hospital near his home. Schwartz received treatment in another state.

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