Don Gillis dead at 85


WCVB-TV Boston reports the death of retired sportscaster Don Gillis, who was Sports Director of the station from 1972 to 1983. He also hosted its candlepin bowling program until 1995. "We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our former colleague, the dean of Boston television sports, Don Gillis and extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family.  Don was a beloved and founding member of the Channel 5 family.  Generations of local viewers grew up watching Don as both a sports anchor and host of the popular Candlepin Bowling program.  A true Boston legend, there was no one better.  He leaves a legacy of warmth, humor and mentorship to the many who followed in his footsteps.  He will be missed," said a statement from the Hearst-Argyle station. Before beginning his TV sports career in 1962, Gillis had done sports post-game and play-by-play coverage on radio.