Family, friends of Fred McLeod gather to say farewell

Sportscaster died Monday

By Dave Bartkowiak Jr., Sandra Ali - Anchor/Reporter

The funeral for former Detroit sportscaster Fred McLeod was held this weekend in Ohio.

McLeod died suddenly on Monday. He spent 22 seasons as the TV voice of the Detroit Pistons. He also served as the play-by-play voice of the Detroit Tigers for four seasons and the Detroit Lions for seven seasons.

McLeod hosted "Sports Final Edition" on WDIV. He became the Pistons play-by-play announcer in 1984 and held that position until 2006. His 22 years with the Pistons is the longest tenure of a TV-only announcer with the same NBA team, according to the American Entertainment International Speakers Bureau.

He had been working as the play-by-play voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers since 2006.

Funeral on Saturday

A funeral was held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Bay Village, Ohio and was streamed live on Cavs.com.

The live stream will begin at noon Saturday.

Fans are encouraged to sign a virtual guestbook.


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Friends, colleagues remember Fred

Heartfelt statements have been pouring out upon the news of McLeod's death:

Statement from the Detroit Lions:

“It is with true sadness that we mourn the passing of Fred McLeod, who we were fortunate to have return as the television voice of Lions preseason football earlier this year. Fred brought an energy to our broadcasts this summer and demonstrated the same passion for our team that he had for Detroit throughout his broadcasting career.

The entire Detroit Lions organization extends its heartfelt sympathies and condolences to his wife, Beth, his family and members of the TV broadcast community he helped mentor for more than four decades.”

Read more statements and tributes for McLeod here.

Fred McLeod hosting WDIV's "Sports Final Edition" on June 19, 1994. (WDIV)

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