Who is Nanette Groat?
Nanette Groat is the wife of Central NY news anchor Rod Wood AKA Roderic Woodruff Groat.
Rod Wood, a news anchor for WSYR-TV, died Sunday night, according to the station.
Wood was recently diagnosed with incurable and severe cancer, according to a statement released by his family to WSYR-TV.
According to the station, he tried hard but was unable to conquer it. He died in the arms of his children.
Rod Wood was 81 years old and his wife Nanette Groat was 73 years old.
The couple has 5 children named John, Chris, Liz, Becky, and Priscilla.
Rod Wood And Nanette Groat
Rod Wood’s wife of more than 50 years, who worked for NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV), has died after a long battle with cancer.
According to an obituary, Nanette Ann (Nicholas) Groat died on May 25, 2020, at the age of 73, after a nine-year struggle with cancer.
Wood, a longtime Syracuse television newsman whose real name is Roderic Woodruff Groat, and celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on May 25.
Wood, whose full name is Roderic Woodruff Groat, was born in Central New York and was well-liked by both viewers and journalists covering the news in his hometown of Syracuse.
Wood began his career as a child, writing for the local newspaper while still in elementary school and then starring in a high school production of Pinocchio.
Wood joined WOLF Radio in Syracuse in 1960 after three years as a military officer in the United States Army.
Only a year later, his broadcasting experience and voice got him a job as a broadcasting news reporter at WNDR Radio.
He moved from WNDR to WHEN in 1967, becoming the station’s morning anchor and subsequently news director in 1974. He became the news anchor for WIXT two years later and spent over 55 years covering Central New York news.
Wood was awarded multiple times by the Associated Press and other news organizations for his work, and he also served as president of the Syracuse Press Club in 1976.
In 2011, he was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame alongside longtime co-anchor Carrie Lazarus.
Lazarus, who went on to work with Wood for almost 30 years on screen, making the pair one of television’s longest-running anchor teams, was often gushing about how much fun it was to work with him.
How Did Rod Wood Die?
On Saturday, December 11, only a day after celebrating his 81st birthday, the popular news anchor died after a brief illness surrounded by his five children.
According to TheSun, Following his passing, his family issued a statement. The statement read, “We are beyond sad to report that our beloved father Rod passed away this past Sunday evening. He was surrounded by his children when God called him home,”
“On the day prior, he had turned 81. Just a few short weeks ago, he was diagnosed with an inoperable and aggressive cancer. He fought very hard but was unable to overcome it.”
“A native son, he loved Syracuse and Central New York above all other places. Nothing brought him more joy than serving and delivering the news to our community. His pride in Syracuse and its rich history, past and present, was unceasing.”
“If you were a Central New Yorker, you had a friend in Rod Wood.”
“And we were fortunate to call him ‘Dad’.”
“Thank you for all the love and support you showed him from the beginning of his career in 1963. We will miss him beyond measure!”
Rod Wood was a broadcast legend. There is no doubting that. But the best thing about Rod is he’d laugh off such a thing. He just loved the gig and the community he served doing it. I walked away from every interaction I had with him with a smile. 🙏🏻 to all who knew and loved him pic.twitter.com/IUfB5jZ0Fi
— Brent Axe (@BrentAxeMedia) December 15, 2021
Our hearts are heavy at @NewsChannel9 today ❤️
The beloved Rod Wood has gone to be with the Lord after a courageous fight against cancer. He passed away at the age of 81 on Sunday night.
Please keep Rod’s family, friends & colleagues in your prayers as we mourn this great loss. pic.twitter.com/cbiRUGJwjQ
— 𝐀𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐡 (@AdrienneSmithTV) December 14, 2021
Rod Wood was my friend. We never actually worked together, but we somehow became friends. I was honored this TV legend even knew who I was. He always made me smile. We are all better because he kept this community informed for decades. Rest in love my friend. 💔 pic.twitter.com/o2obtaDy2C
— Iris St. Meran (@IrisOnTV) December 14, 2021