(WKTV) - NEWSChannel 2 has lost a great friend and guiding force.
Shell Storrier, the station's general manager from the mid-1960s into the 1990s, died Wednesday. He was 84.
Storrier was one of the original founders of the New York State Broadcasters Association, and was later inducted into the group's first Hall of Fame class. He also served as vice president of the association. In 1992, Storrier was named Broadcaster of the Year.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church of New Hartford. Arrangements are under the direction of Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams and Edmunds Funeral Home.
Sheldon Forbes Storrier was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Syracuse. He was a 1947 graduate of Fayetteville High School and a 1951 graduate of Colgate University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
He worked for Lehigh Portland Cement from 1951 to 1953, when he joined WKTV as a salesman. He worked as local sales manager, senior vice president and general manager before retiring in 1992.
Storrier was involved throughout the community, serving as board director for the Clinton Rink Association, board director of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, board member of the New Hartford Public Library, 16-year board member for the Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce, board member for Broadway Theatre League and founding board member and secretary of Mohawk Valley Institute of Retirement Learning. He served as a board member for the Salvation Army for 35 years, and In 1987, he was awarded as Salvation Army Outstanding Board Member.
In 2005, the New Hartford Chamber of Commerce created the Sheldon F. Storrier Communications Scholarship for one New Hartford High School graduating student. He was a member of Grace Church, the Newman Center of Utica College and the Sadaquada Golf Club.
He and Barbara Kallet were married in October 1952. They divorced in 1977. In 1979, he married Mary Jane McGinty.
NEWSChannel 2 is grateful to Shell Storrier for his decades of dedication to the craft, his leadership and his guidance to countless young, up-and-coming journalists. Our thoughts are with Mr. Storrier's family as they mourn the loss of this great man.