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Tribute to Art Donovan from FOX45's Candace Dold

Updated: Monday, August 5 2013, 04:36 PM EDT

I have to be honest with you. This is incredibly difficult for me to write, but I'm going to do my best to find the appropriate words to honor the great Art Donovan who passed away last night.

We all knew Art as a Baltimore legend. A Hall of Famer. A character.

For me... Artie was one of the most influential people in my life. I always told him that he was the Grandfather I never had. Simply put... he was one of my favorite people.

I vividly remember sitting in his house many times and he taught me life's greatest lessons (that's after I grabbed a Schlitz beer or two out of the refrigerator for him). He looked back on his marriage, fatherhood and on his years playing football. He told me how he used to bring pizza in his hotel room when he was on the road. He would leave it on his TV at night and turn the television on so that he could "warm up the pizza" for the next morning. He tried to convince me that it was good that way.

Artie visited our studio many times. I used to set up our weekly Pigskin Predictions segment featuring local celebrities and Artie was a guest every year. I would book a limo to pick him up from his house. After about the third limo ride, he said, "Oh come on Candy... I don't need a limo. Just get me some old car or something."

Then there's the time I asked him to come on the show to promote a charitable haircut-a-thon. I said I needed him to cut my Executive Producer's hair. He said "WHAT! I don't know how to cut hair, but whatever you need.. I'll be there."

And that was Artie. Artie was there for me...for Baltimore and for anybody who needed him.

Every so often in life, you meet someone who causes you to reflect and who inspires you to move forward.

Artie was one of those people. I'm thankful I got my moment with him and I'm thankful he made a difference in my life...and in yours.

How appropriate that he put on Heaven's Gold Hall of Fame jacket on the NFL Hall of Fame weekend.

Thank you, Artie. I miss you.

--Candace Dold

Tribute to Art Donovan from FOX45's Candace Dold


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