John Fredericks, former weatherman and animal activist, has passed away

by Debbie Hall, contributing writer

Las Vegas Informer

As reported by Tom Hawley on Facebook and Norm Clarke on Twitter:

For all who have expressing interests, prayers and wishes, I am sorry to post that John Fredericks has passed away. His former collegue John Overall is still arriving in town this evening as previously planned, and will join with John F’s pastor to make final plans. If there is any sort of a public service planned, we will post it here. Thanks to all of those who wished him well and said kind things.

Fredericks was on air from 1995 to 2008 in Las Vegas and was considered one of the most popular daytime personalities as its meteorologist on KVBC Channel-3 (Las Vegas NBC affiliate) with his beloved dog Jordan by his side for 12 years and Little Jordan (known as L-J) for two years until leaving KVBC in 2008. Fredericks added a light side to the News 3 morning show with his joke-of-the-day, Fredericks-fact, and his warm on-air presence. Fredericks devoted himself to animals and in 2005 was very involved in raising funds for animals who had to be rescued after Hurricane Katrina.

In recent years, Fredericks has had trials with the death of his dog Jordan, losing his job, depression, alcoholism, and homelessness.

He had returned to Las Vegas for a second chance, but had been in declining health for several months, and was admitted to Nathan Adelson Hospice, where he passed from liver failure Nov. 23. Fredericks was 57. Accolades and praises for his work are being posted on Facebook and Twitter.

44 Responses to John Fredericks, former weatherman and animal activist, has passed away

  1. RIP, John. The animals of Las Vegas have a better life because of your support. You’ve crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with Jordan. I KNOW you are at peace now. May God be with LJ. We will miss you.

  2. Rest in peace, John. You are loved and will be dearly missed

  3. A sad ending for someone who went through many storms of life but cared for others. You’ll have a happy reunion in heaven with Jordan.

    • Your so right. We met him once during a red carpet event for dogs in Boulder City. Jordan was with them and they were both really friendly as they greeted people and thanked them for coming. It’s so sad.

  4. I remember meeting John at a dog park once. I was so excited; just a kind hearted man with so much love for animals. I always wondered what had happened to him once I moved back to California but continued to visit Vegas often. He brought such a great presense to television and WOW I had no idea what troubles he was having but may he rest in peace now.

  5. John,
    You were a good friend in good times and a better one in bad. And you can’t say that about many people. Tell Jordan we all said hi.
    Pfister

  6. I cried when I heard the news. Over the years we came to love John and Jordan and then L.J., and we continued to miss them after they left Channel 3 News. John will always be remembered for his love of animals and his work on their behalf. Thank you, John. P.S. Wouldn’t it be fitting for John to be buried with Jordan at the Craig Road Cemetery?

  7. marlene & Andy Wheeler

    John had such love for animals, KVBC3, golf and people he met on the street. We were all fortunate to know him.

  8. Thank you, John, for all you did for this community. You brightened up so many living rooms with your daily joke, Fredericks Fact, and those beautiful yellow boys of yours.
    The news was never the same when you left. Now the world will mourn your loss, but now I know there is another great angel in Heaven.
    Your kindhearted ways and all the good you did for the pet community will never be forgotten. Rest in peace. You will be missed.

  9. Jennifer Ramirez-Shea

    I worked with John from 1995- 1997 at KVBC. He was always a very nice guy. I am so saddened to hear of his passing. God bless him and his old pal Jordan…and Lil Jordan too. My condolences to his family and friends who had the pleasure of working with him at Channel 3 through the years.

  10. John, You will be missed.. You brought much happiness to Vegas and all the animals and animal lovers of the world. God bless you , rest in peace!!!

  11. John Fredricks was one of the kindest, friendliest people I have been blessed to know in my life. He was just a good guy who gave his heart and time for so many causes. He will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him personally, and remembered by all who were able to watch him and have him brighten their mornings with his joy. Rest in peace John, jordan has been just across that rainbow bridge waiting for you, goodbye friend…Sandy

  12. John & I knew each other on somewhat of a personal basis. During his time with channel 3, I had won the Frederick’s Fact no less than 15 to 20 times or so. he’d always say to me on the phone, “Hey Rog, you know the routine! See ya when ya get here.” My Mom went to Heaven in May of 2009 & she too was a huge fan of John. She won a contest for a chance to win a classic car. She didn’t win but she did recieve $500.00. I still have an 8×10 glossy photo of of John & Jordon, autographed by John & a paw print of Jordon. What a pair the 2 of them were. You were respected John & will be deeply missed, but now, you may rest comfortably in the mighty arms of God himself. When you run into my Mom in Heaven, please tell her I am fine & will see her when God calls me home. Amen to each & every one of us!

  13. Maria Guaglianone

    This is so sad. I lived in Las Vegas when John was on the air. He was always so happy and funny.

    Several years ago for my son’s 9th birthday, I contacted John and asked him if he could say “Happy Birthday” on the air on that day. John did one better. He told me to bring my son down to the golf course where he would be broadcasting that day, and he’d put him on the air! So we drove down there, and sure enough, he not only put my son on camera, but had the whole news team sing “Happy Birthday” to him.

    Years later, I contacted him again and asked him if he could wish my mother a speedy recovery for surgery she was scheduled to undergo. Again, John mentioned her on the air and wished her well. Not only that, he remembered my son and asked how he was doing!

    It’s amazing what private torture people can hide when in the public eye. RIP, John.

  14. When I first moved the Las Vegas, I discovered John & Jordan on the morning news & watched him every day. I had the honor to meet him and he was a very kind, unassuming man and Jordan was a great dog. I stopped watching that particular news channel after he left because it was never the same. John was a great champion for animals and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace in Heaven with Jordan, John.

  15. RIP John. I met you and Jordan several times over the years at different animal events/places. You were such a kind, caring and funny guy. I grieved with you when Jordan passed, but now I believe you are finally at peace with all of your demons gone and back with your beloved boy, whom I am positive was there waiting for you at the Rainbow Bridge. The animal world has lost a great advocate. God Bless you.

  16. Animall lovers are special souls , r.i.p. with Jordan in perfect health.

  17. So sorry to hear of John Fredericks passing. When he was with channel 3, I always watched the morning news just to hear the weather, Fredericks fact and to see Jordan. I really missed that when he left the station. He was so genuine in his love of animals and he will be missed and remembered for that. I too hope you have a wonderful reunion with Jordan over that rainbow bridge…

  18. I was very saddened to hear that John Fredericks had passed away. We moved to Las Vegas in 1999, and soon found channel 3 news with John doing the weather. The weather is usually boring, but when he came on we laughed at his antics and said this guy is a nut. Being annimal lovers we were very surprised to see a beautiful yellow lab named Jordan. When we found out John and Jordan were a team, we never missed the news. It was so precious to see Jordan laying on his blanket sleeping or walking around the studio and John making cute remarks about HIS BOY. You could just see the love in John’s face everytime he talked about him. When Jordan passed away, that was hard to take. Our hearts went out to John. We are so sad to know that we lost a wonderful person today who gave countless hours to help the animals of Las Vegas. I just want to end by saying Thank You John for all you did on earth and God Bless You. I know Jordan was right there waiting for you. Now you two can be together forever without pain and sadness.

  19. With deepest sympathy to John’s family on his passing. I admired you as my weatherman for 13yrs but my bigest admiration was your love for animals. You devoted your life to their well being. Now you join with your beloved dog “Jordon”. May you rest in eternal peace.

  20. Mary McPadden-Bigda

    I read on FB this AM that John passed away yesterday. I’m so sorry he was going through hard times and know he was never the same when Jordan died. I hope he is at peace now and reunited w/his best pal. We will miss you John – the news was never the same after you left – I will also miss seeing you around Summerlin……..

  21. Uncle John I’m going to miss you so much, now you get to be with my mom and Sue and of course Jordan. Thank you to everyone in the community who was there for my uncle in the last few years in this hard time in his life. He did so much for animals and those he cared about. I’m so glad he isn’t suffering and he’s with my family now…..love u always uncle John.

  22. I am very saddened to hear of John’s passing. I never knew about the alchohol or homelessness. He was a true gentleman having met him on several occasions and when he would host the Wag a Tail, Walk a Thon. I went to Jordan’s funeral and he said that more people would attend Jordan’s funeral than his. I hope not, he did alot for the Animals here in Vegas and many times has stated to Spay or Neuter your animals, which he had a license plate to show for it. I am sure the dog biting incident could have been worked out, shame on Jim Rogers. Rest in erternal peace John with your beloved Jordan. I am glad I met you.

  23. Is LJ still around and being cared for?

  24. Sometimes it those among us who burn the brightest can’t stay lighted as long as the rest of us. Those at Rainbow Bridge must be keeping you very busy, I’m sure you were greeted with great enthusiasm and are having a wonderful time there. Bless You.

  25. I worked with John at KVBC from 1995-2004. I went on many live shots with John and thought the world of him and Jordan. He couldn’t have been a nicer guy and being a dog lover myself I enjoyed playing with Jordan at the station. I very much enjoyed working with John and am deeply saddened by his passing. RIP John now you and your beloved buddy Jordon will be together once again. God bless you, you will be sorely missed.

  26. Although I’d never met John in person, I used to watch him on channel 3. When Jordan died, I sent a note and John was kind enough to reply. When I learned (on Thursday) that he had entered hospice, I wrote out a card and dropped it in the mail Friday. I was so saddened yesterday to read in the newspaper that he’d already died. (I don’t have a computer at home.) I, too, hope that Jordan was waiting for him and that they are reunited. (According to Norm’s column Thursday, L.J. is being looked after by a caretaker.)

  27. I was heart sick when I heard of his passing. I wish I could have helped i n some way. My deeoest sympathy . His love of his dog I can totally understand. They are your life in so many ways. I hope LJ is getting the same love .

  28. Rest in peace, John Fredericks. You brought smiles and laughs to us every morning at o’dark-thirty. We’ve always had love for you. I hear the weather’s nice in Heaven. Xoxo.

  29. HE WILL BE MISSED. I WORKED WITH HIM FOR ABOUT SIX YEARS AND HE WAS A GOOD GUY. HELLUVA GOLFER TOO. TOO BAD HE COULDN’T GET IT BACK ON THE FAIRWAY IN HIS PERSONAL LIFE, BECAUSE HE WAS A TALENTED WEATHER PROFESSIONAL. HE WILL BE MISSED. RIP J-FRED. AT LEAST YOU’LL BE ABLE TO SEE JORDAN WHEN YOU GET THERE.

  30. I just heard this morning of John Frederick’s passing. I loved watching him and Jordan and then L.J. and even got to meet Jordan and John at a contest event. The puppies in heaven have probably licked him silly by now.

  31. We will miss John Fredericks! He was my positive influence every morning before work. One day, Stephanie, Karen and I went to one of his signings and met him and Jordan and bought sweatshirts and calendars. That was so much fun. Then that weekend, my husband and mother-in-law and I went to see him at another signing. He was such a good soul and is now back home. Happy trails!

  32. I am sorry to hear the password of John Fredericks! He was a very kind man and the greatest weatherman ever!!! Today is a sunny day as John meets up with his best pal Jordan so that they may be together forever! John, thank you for all of your weather work in Las Vegas and for your work with animals!! Las Vegas will never forget you!

  33. What a great guy to watch mornings and put a smile on your face with his and Jordans antics. John, I adored you, Jordan and LJ. I met you and LJ when you were in Mesquite for a book signing when your new book came out. I loved reading it. Made me laugh and cry. Being a dog owner and animal lover it hit very close to home. May God Bless you for all you’ve done to help people, animals and the communities around you. R I P forever with your beloved Jordan. The hills are yours to roam.

  34. I am so surprised and sorry to hear of John’s passing. I met John and Jordan at Mountain. Falls Casino for a book signing. I always enjoyed his weather cast and any chance to see that great dog. I’m sure that John and Jordan have been happily brought together agair on the Rainbow Bridge. John, please say Hello to Tootsie for me. I hope that your little LJ is in good hands. I’m am sure that he is missing you greatly.

  35. For all of us dog owners he expressed what we feel for our 4 legged best friends. The disease of alcoholism exacts a heavy toll, is horrible, destructive & so painful for everyone. How very sad John suffered so tragically. My heart aches for his family and friends. John will be remembered with heart smiles.

  36. REST IN PEACE JOHN FREDERICKS. THE ANGELS SENT YOU TO US AND NOW THEY NEED YOU BACK.

  37. Barbara and Doug West

    May the angels watch over you now that you are back with your good buddy Jordan. I pray you will watch over LJ till it is time for him to cross Rainbow Bridge and be with you both. You were a good man John. You will be missed.

  38. On June 20,2006, you and your beloved Jordan visited my sister who was in Nathan Adelson and she had just passed away before you got there. I remember you telling me that you would love to get involved with Nathan Adelson and do visits there again. Thank you John for being you. I know that Jordan is very happy to have you by his side again. God Bless you!!!! May you be ay peace on the Rainbow Bridge.

  39. I met John Frederick one afternoon as I was walking towards my car at the Pet Cemetery where Jordan is buried. He had brought some flowers, and was arrangeing them in a couple of vases. He was casually dressed, and I did not recognized him at first, but as I got closer I realized who he was. I reached my hand to him, and expressed my deepest condolences. He held my hand, as a friend would. Even in his deepest solitude and pain, he could radiate such welcoming warmth. Heaven is now a better place, and I believe he is at peace. He noticed the Urn in my hands, and extended his condolences too. Thank you for all you did for the Las Vegas furry angels.

  40. so very sorry for the loss..I remember him well..condolences to
    his family…

  41. Wow, I just stumbled onto this when searching the internet for something else. As someone who knew John quite well, we were married for 5 years, I say you’re finally at peace John. Sad life for someone who could have been so much more. RIP.

  42. Rest in Peace…….We all loved you John. So glad I got to meet you and Jordan. The animal world is a better place because of you!

  43. I think John experienced this:

    We all have heard of the stories of the Rainbow Bridge. Unlike most days at the Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and gray. All the recent arrivals at the Bridge did not know what to think, as they had never seen such a day. But the animals who had been waiting longer for their beloved people to accompany them across the Bridge knew what was happening, and they began to gather at the pathway leading to the Bridge.

    Soon an elderly dog came into view, head hung low and tail dragging. He approached slowly, and though he showed no sign of injury or illness, he was in great emotional pain. Unlike the animals gathered along the pathway, he had not been restored to youth and vigor upon arriving at the Bridge. He felt out of place, and wanted only to cross over and find happiness.

    But as he approached the Bridge, his way was barred by an angel, who apologized and explained that the tired and broken-spirited old dog could not cross over. Only those animals accompanied by their people were allowed to cross the Bridge. Having nobody, and with nowhere else to turn, the dog trudged into the field in front of the Bridge. There he found others like himself, elderly or infirm, sad and discouraged. Unlike the other animals waiting to cross the Bridge, these animals were not running or playing. They simply were lying in the grass, staring forlornly at the pathway across the Rainbow Bridge. The old dog took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting, yet not knowing for what he was waiting.

    One of the newer dogs at the Bridge asked a cat who had been there longer to explain what was happening. The cat replied, “Those poor animals were abandoned, turned away, or left at rescue places, but never found a home on earth. They all passed on with only the love of a rescuer to comfort them. Because they had no people to love them, they have nobody to escort them across the Rainbow Bridge.” The dog asked the cat, “So what will happen to those animals?” Before the cat could answer, the clouds began to part and the cold turned to bright sunshine. The cat replied, “Watch, and you will see.”

    In the distance was a single person, and as he approached the Bridge the old, infirm, and sad animals in the field were bathed in a golden light. They were at once made young and healthy, and stood to see what their fate would be. The animals who had previously gathered at the pathway bowed their heads as the person approached. At each bowed head, the person offered a scratch or hug.

    One by one, the now youthful and healthy animals from the field fell into line behind the person. Together, they walked across the Rainbow Bridge to a future of happiness and unquestioned love. The dog asked the cat, “What just happened?” The cat responded, “That was a rescuer. The animals gathered along the pathway bowing in respect were those who had found their forever homes because of rescuers. They will cross over when their people arrive at the Bridge. The arrival here of a rescuer is a great and solemn event, and as a tribute they are permitted to perform one final act of rescue. They are allowed to escort all those poor animals they couldn’t place on earth across the Rainbow Bridge.”

    The dog thought for a moment, then said, “I like rescuers.” The cat smiled and replied, “So does God, my friend. So does God”

    Cheers, mate. I hope you brought extra squeaker toys!

    ~anonymous

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