Longtime WBZ traffic reporter Joe Stapleton died suddenly on Tuesday, according to the radio station.
Stapleton, who WBZ NewsRadio1030 called a “beloved member” of the station’s family, was also an actor who garnered roles in “Manchester by the Sea,” “Spotlight,” “Mystic River,” and the television show “Castle Rock,” among others.
“Joe was known for his love of movies,” WBZ NewsRadio1030 wrote on Tuesday.
In November, the actor and broadcaster shared a video on Facebook compiling some of his work in films over the years:
Following news of his death, friends and those who worked with Stapleton shared remembrances:
My thoughts are with the family of @WBZTraffic reporter Joe Stapleton who passed away today. Joe had a hearty laugh, big heart & was a pleasure to work with
— Jacquelyn Goddard (@JacqueGoddard) January 2, 2019
Very sad news to get. Joe was a mentor of mine when I started as a traffic reporter. Great guy to hang out with, who possessed a very Boston sense of humor. He will live on through his roles in pretty much ANY movie that was made in Boston. Thinking… https://t.co/szMXTLMhPJ
— George Knight (@georgeknight) January 1, 2019
Whether or not you realize it, I guarantee you've seen Joe on the big screen. He's also been reporting the traffic for a long, long time. Big loss.https://t.co/lsPCQRsHUI
— Marshall Hook (@marshallhook) January 1, 2019
Commissioner Fiandaca and all of us here at the Boston Transportation Department express our sincere condolences to the Stapleton family and to all those @wbznewsradio – WBZ Remembers Traffic Reporter And Actor Joe Stapleton https://t.co/hOIt4X1dHB
— BostonTransportation (@BostonBTD) January 1, 2019
Thinking of our friends over at @wbznewsradio this morning after learning that traffic reporter Joe Stapleton died unexpectedly yesterday. Joe was always great to hear on the air. He'll be missed. https://t.co/m3M5nL12aR
— Bob Shaffer (@Bob_Shaffer1) January 2, 2019
Our friend Joe Stapleton passed away unexpectedly yesterday. For @WAAF listeners he was Major Dick on the Hill-Man Morning Show for many years. He was a funny and kind gentleman. He was also an actor. You may have seen his work: https://t.co/vvLG0PdJbx
— Mike Hsu (@MikeHsuAAF) January 1, 2019