The Passing of Tom Neale

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We've learned Sunday of the passing of a familiar face to many WTAP viewers.

Tom Neale joined our station shortly after it first went on the air in 1953.

Tom Neale was hired as the station's first sports anchor.

Younger viewers probably remember Neale as news director, and the anchor of our six and eleven o-clock newscasts in the 1970's.

In 2002, Neale talked about what he hoped he would be remembered for: "I hope I was fair. I hope I was honest. I hope I told the people what they wanted to hear," said Neale.

Even after he left WTAP in 1979, he appeared on our station as the host of "TV Honor Society" while serving as spokesman for Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital and a field announcer for Parkersburg High School Football.

Lambert-Tatman funeral home in Vienna is handling services.

Tom Neale was 83-years-old.

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