CLEVELAND — Longtime Cleveland television anchor Jeff Maynor passed away Tuesday morning at the age of 75.
Maynor is survived by two children, Beth and Justin, and five grandchildren. The news was confirmed by his wife of 47 years, Patsy Maynor.
Jeff Maynor was born in Warren, Ohio and spent some of his youth in West Virginia before returning to the Warren area. He graduated from Champion High School — in his later years, he was very active in supporting his high school. After high school, he graduated from Ohio University.
Maynor’s first television job was at WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio. He came to the Cleveland area where he first worked at WJW. He then became the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. co-anchor at WEWS alongside Ted Henry, a position he held for much of the early 1980s.
Maynor was a polished anchor that was never afraid to roll up his sleeves, go out and get the story between newscasts. He was also known for quick wit and ability to engage with the viewers.
"Jeff’s professionalism made it easy for all five of us on the news desk, Jeff, Gib Shanley, Don Webster, Dorothy Fuldheim and myself to work in great harmony," Henry said. "His wit, charm and occasionally off-beat humor endeared him to many viewers in northeast Ohio. My deepest sympathy to his wonderful family."
After his time at WEWS, Maynor left TV to go work at Lakeland Community College in a communications position.
In 1993, Maynor returned to television at WKYC where he would anchor weekend mornings for 18 years, retiring in 2011.
Memorial plans are forthcoming.