RALEIGH — The deep voice of television anchor Bob Vernon, as he was known by audiences, carried the news into Triangle living rooms for 17 years.
Robert Vernon Cosart Jr., passed away on Sunday in Parker, Colorado, after suffering blood complications. He was 70.
A former reporter who worked with Vernon at WLFL fondly recalled Vernon’s signature intro.
“We’d all gather in front of the TV in the newsroom to hear him say ‘riiight now,’ ” Bryan Moore said in a light tone.
Vernon worked at WLFL, which became WB22, as the 10 p.m. news anchor from 1995 to 2006. He was part of the last news show at the station.
Before he was on air at night at WLFL, Vernon worked as the noon news anchor at WRAL-TV from 1989-1995.
WRAL news director Leesa Moore worked with Vernon during his time in their newsroom. She said she just listened to a voicemail from him Monday morning and it put “shivers down my spine.”
“He had a golden voice,” said Moore. Along with his standout talent as a newscaster, his personality also made him unforgettable, she said. “He was a true gentleman and a glad-to-see-you kind of guy.”
Vernon grew up in Ohio and dreamed of being an artist, until a trusted high school teacher told him to make it a hobby. He launched a career in radio and went on to work for WNBC in New York on the show “Vernon with a V.”
His news career carried him back to Ohio where he switched to TV, and moved around to several different newsrooms. In Kentucky, the governor appointed him an honorary colonel. He settled in Cary in 1989.
According to Kathy Rigsbee, a close friend in Apex, Vernon moved to Colorado about a year ago with his wife to be closer to his son and grandchildren. He also has another son who lives in Texas, Rigsbee said.
“I’ve never met a more compatible couple than him and his wife,” she said.
Vernon’s funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, Colorado.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Cosart, and his two sons.