‘60 Minutes’ vet Morley Safer laid to rest in Toronto

Pop Goes The News — Veteran journalist Morley Safer, who was best known for his 46-year run on 60 Minutes, was laid to rest Wednesday in Toronto.

Safer died of pneumonia on May 18 at his Manhattan home, only a week after announcing his retirement. He was 84.

A private funeral service, attended by family members, was held May 25 at Roselawn Cemetery.

Safer’s grave is located to the south of Roselawn Avenue, just east of Bathurst Street.

The family is sitting Shiva — the Jewish mourning ritual — until the morning of May 31 at the Toronto home of Safer’s brother Leon Safer and his wife Zelda.

Morley Safer, who also had a home in Chester, Connecticut, was born in Toronto in 1931. He attended Harbord Collegiate Institute and Bloor Collegiate Institute before enrolling at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont.

Safer played football at both the high school and university level.

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Safer was hired by CBS News in 1961 and worked at several posts until being asked to join 60 Minutes in 1970. He became the show’s longest-serving correspondent.

His long list of awards includes 12 Emmys and three Peabody Awards.

Safer is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane, and their daughter Sarah, as well as his siblings Esther and Leon, and grandchildren Joseph, Eve, and Lila.

Donations in Safer’s memory can be made to the Committee to Protect Journalists.