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Western New York remembering Irv Weinstein

Posted at 11:35 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 23:35:18-05

Phillis Besch remembers serving dinner to the leading man of 7 Eyewitness News back in the day. 

"Irv is one customer I will never forget," Besch said. 

The veteran Chef's waitress says Irv Weinstein was a regular here at least twice a week. 

Tom Flanigan served Irv for several years. He says when Irv wasn't on the news desk he was likely to be found at Chef's. Irv was such a regular, the former owners created a dish in his honor. 

"Big personality, and everybody knew him from the news," Flanigan said. 

The larger than life journalist reached so many people in Western New York through his warm personality, charity, and storytelling. 

"As a newscaster, as an anchor they trusted his stories so they tuned in to watch him,"  a Chef's customer said. 

Weinstein, the patriarch of 7 Eyewitness News who turned WKBW into a broadcasting powerhouse over a career that spanned 34 years and four decades, lost his battle with ALS this morning in Costa Mesa, California. He was 87 years-old.