Tim Russert: Buffalo's Good Guy Who Made it Good
There'll be a candelight vigil tonight in his honor in Buffalo, in the park named for him. The city's flags are also flying at half mast.
Condolences to his family, who were still in Italy at the time of Tim's death and had to made the long, sad journey home, and his friends and colleagues. We'll all miss him, because his work was writ large across our landscape.
To the people who watched Tim Russert every Sunday morning, the man behind the Meet the Press desk was a larger than life figure. To the people who knew him best, the broadcaster and author was simply known as 'Tim.'
Russert family friend Mike Shea says Tim was a product of working class South Buffalo who always remembered his roots.
...Tim's death seems even more tragic as it falls on Father's Day weekend. He'll also miss another celebration when his Canisius High classmates gather for their 40th reunion next Friday.
....Shea said funeral arrangments are incomplete at this time and are being handled by Russert's wife and son in Washington. It's unclear if there will be any type of official service in Russert's hometown of Buffalo.
“First and foremost, he was a product of Buffalo,” said his friend and
competitor Wolf Blitzer of CNN, also a Buffalo native. “He never forgot
where he came from, or the struggles the people back home had just to
make a living. And all of that came through in his questioning.”
Wolf Blitzer is also one heck of a nice guy, BTW. He's also grounded in that rockbed New York sort of reality that gave us a guy like Tim.