Longtime Boston Meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler Dies at Age 80
Longtime Boston TV meteorologist Bruce Schwoegler has passed away at the age of 80.
Schwoegler's daughter Mel White told CBS Boston, the outlet where he spent his entire 33-year Boston television career, that he died on Thursday. A cause of death was not disclosed.
"Although aphasia made it increasingly difficult to verbally communicate with him, his comprehension, boisterous laugh and larger than life personality remained intact, enabling him to live vibrantly up until the very end," White wrote on her Facebook page announcing Schwoegler's death.
Aphasia is a disorder that impacts one's speech as well as the way you write and understand both spoken and written language, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is what Bruce Willis' family said forced him into retirement.
Schwoegler was a part of the top rated Eyewitness News team at WBZ in 80s and 90s during a time when the news at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m was the primary way to find out what was going in the world. For a generation that didn't have the forecast a tap away, he was the final word in what the next day's weather would bring.
"Throughout his career Bruce honed an ability to simplify and teach complex technological issues to a broadcast audience and others," according to his page on the Massachusetts Hall of Fame website.
It was that warm, friendly demeanor and ability that made Schwoegler part of the "Mount Rushmore" of primetime Boston meteorologists with WCVB's Dick Albert and Harvey Leonard, who retired earlier in 2022. Albert died in 2017.
"He won New England’s first Emmy Award for Outstanding Meteorologist and is the recipient of numerous honors including recognition for a prime-time Global Warming television special and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) National Outstanding Broadcast Meteorologist Award," his Hall of Fame page states.
Schwoegler was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who left the service in 1968.
"My dad taught me so many things throughout my life and that never stopped. When his memories faded and the future wasn’t a thought, he showed me that all we are really guaranteed is the present. And in his death, he showed me that passing away can be done with grace, beauty and bravery," White wrote on her Facebook page.