OSWEGO — Central New York has lost one of its most prolific and prominent weathermen with the passing of William Gregway at age 85.
A Port City native, Gregway was the dean of more than 70 volunteer weather observers in New York according to the National Weather Service’s Buffalo station. For more than 50 years, Gregway provided valuable observations and data on weather and climate to the federal organization and The Palladium-Times.
“Bill Gregway was one-of-a-kind and will be missed dearly,” said Palladium-Times Publisher Jon Spaulding. “We thank his family for giving so generously of his time and talents and send them our full support during this difficult time.”
A U.S. Army veteran, Gregway was employed professionally as a designer and draftsman by the Miller Brewing Company and numerous other concerns. He was a co-founder of the annual Oswego Independence Day parade, a member of the Oswego Maritime Foundation and communicant of St. Paul’s.
With a passion for weather and a flair for the dramatic, Gregway’s observation numbers could be found daily in The Palladium-Times for the last three-plus decades. He would memorably describe a particularly wet and cold December as “gruesome” or a March without a new record for temperature or precipitation as “lackluster.”
Last summer, during a recognition ceremony for his five decades of service, National Weather Service (NWS) officials said Gregway “goes above and beyond.”
“Radars are limited, and can’t tell us what’s happening on the ground,” said NWS’ Dan Kelly. “Reports from Bill come in handy... That’s really how we track long-term changes in climate and how we define climate norms.”
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Paul’s Church.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the Dain-Cullinan Funeral Home, 112 E. Second St., Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to Trinity Catholic School, 115 E. Fifth St., Oswego, NY 13126