Tom Ellis – Celebration of Life

A celebration of life will be held for longtime Boston TV anchor Tom Ellis on Wednesday, May 8, from 2-4 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom at the Seaport Hotel. The beloved broadcaster sadly passed away recently at the age of 86.

Ellis spent more than four decades as a television news anchor in Boston, and to this day, he stands as the only person to have anchored the top-rated newscast on each of the city’s primary network affiliates. A member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Ellis began his career in his native Texas in 1958 before moving to Boston 10 years later. Tom and his wife, Arlene, have always been animal lovers and were supporters of many charities related to this cause.

Ellis had retired to Sandwich and enjoyed time with family and friends there. His remarkable life will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 8th, by many of his longtime colleagues and friends, including Emily Rooney, who will emcee, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. The celebration of life will be open to the general public, and those who would like to attend should contact Tessa Pellegrini at or 617-488-2800.