HOPEDALE, Mass. - JJames Hoffman Metcalf, 91, died Friday, September 14.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth (Ferguson) Metcalf; two sons, James H. Metcalf, Jr., and his wife, Sandy, of Medway, and Robert M. Metcalf, and his companion, Patricia, of Fall River; a daughter, Jayne M. Valente, and her husband, AL,of Stonington, Ct; four grandchildren, Scott Milligan, Stacey Plummer, James H. Metcalf, III, and Amy Huter; six great grandchildren, Nicole, Cora, Cayden, Emma, Aric, and Abigail; and a sister, Alice Jewett, of Atlantic Beach, FL. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert L. Metcalf, Jr.
Mr. Metcalf was born in Whitinsville, November 23, 1920, a son of Robert and Winfred (Sawyer) Metcalf. He lived in Whitinsville 30 years, and in Cranston, RI, 60 years, before moving to Hopedale in 2010. He graduated from Northbridge High School in 1938, from Worcester Academy in 1940, and he attended Emerson College. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
In 1946, Mr. Metcalf began his career in radio and television as a summer vacation announcer at WJAR radio in Providence. He joined the announcing staff at WSAR in Fall River that September, and moved to WAAB, in Worcester, in 1948. In 1949, he rejoined WJAR and WJAR-TV. On July 10, 1949, his was the first voice heard as he signed Channel 10 onto the air. In 1959, Mr. Metcalf joined the station's news department as an editor, and he remained at WJAR until retiring in 1985 as News Director. He also wrote a weekly radio-tv column for 35 weekly newspapers, including he Blackstone Valley News Tribune.
Mr. Metcalf was a founder, and for 54 years, a member, of the Woodbridge Congregational Church in Cranston. He was a member of the Village Congregational Church in Whitinsville, the Cranston Historical Society, and he was a Mason.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m, Tuesday, September 18, in the Village Congregational Church, 25 Church St., Whitinsville. Burial wil follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Pllease omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Cranston Historical Society, 1351 Cranston Rd., Cranston, RI, 02920.
The Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill St., Whitinsville, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence message, visit www.carrfuneralhome.com.