"You eventually reach a stage when you think gee, there's a lot more time behind me than in front of me," said Devall, who became known in living rooms and at dinner tables across the GTA for his talent for writing backwards on see-through weather maps as well as his friendly manner. In a news release, CTV Toronto said Devall was one of the longest-serving TV weathermen in North America. He started at the station when it went to air in 1961, winning one of six spots out of 2,000 people who auditioned. While at Ryerson in the late 1950s, he also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force where he got his meteorological training. In '07, Devall was made honorary colonel of the Canadian Forces Squadron 436 at CFB Trenton.
"The technology has increased tremendously over the years and the accuracy rate has also increased along the way," Devall said during his farewell announcement.
However, Devall said he's got a few sunny days left to predict. His final day on the 6 p.m. newscast is April 3 and CTV Toronto has plans for a series of tributes.
Tom Brown, who does the weather duties on the station's News at Noon, will step in, but Devall said he will return for special events and to fill in for colleagues.
Thanks for the memories Dave. You will be missed.