Former BBC weather forecaster Ian McCaskill has died after five years battling with dementia, it has been confirmed.
The 78-year-old, who was known for an enthusiastic presenting style and his strong Scottish accent, was revealed to have passed away on Saturday by his daughter Kirsty McCaskill.
“Ian was a truly lovely man who loved his family unconditionally and brought lots of sunshine to people’s lives with his friendly smile, kindness and sharp wit,” Ms McCaskill said (via BBC).
“He is survived by his wife Pat, whom he adored, two daughters, Vicky and Kirsty, two step-sons, Tim and Matthew, and nine grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.”
McCaskill worked at the BBC for 20 years, becoming a familiar face to viewers around the country and inspiring several pop culture takes on his persona including a Spitting Image puppet based on him and a mention in The Toffs song John Kettley is a Weatherman. He retired in 1998.