WHEELING, W. Va. (WTRF) – Dr. Dave Walker, longtime chief meteorologist at WTRF who also worked in the Mahoning Valley, has passed away.

Dr. Dave had recently retired from WTRF in Wheeling, West Virginia, and was joyfully anticipating the next chapter of his life. He had previously worked at WFMJ in Youngstown before making the move to West Virginia.

After his retirement, he and his wife Lulu were in the process of moving to Mexico, where they planned to live and do Christian missionary work.

In the midst of their trip to Mexico, Lulu said Dr. Dave became ill in Texas, was taken to a hospital, and died at the age of 68.

Arrangements are not complete at this time.

WTRF released the following statement upon news of his passing:

All of us at WTRF are shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Dr Dave Walker. We all know how much he was looking forward to retirement and moving with his beautiful wife to be with her family in Mexico. We often times don’t understand why things happen the way they do, but we will always be thankful to have had Dr Dave as part of our WTRF family. Our thoughts of sympathy are certainly extended to Lulu. 

7News General Manager Roger Lyons

(The video above is from Dr. Dave signing off the weather desk, one last time)