By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – While I do enjoy an adult beverage on a warm summer night, I also believe in moderation, and quite frankly, I can usually only get halfway through a second one before I fall asleep.

But Monday night, I did crack a second beer, and used it to toast the extraordinary career of my colleague and friend Jack Williams, who announced he’ll soon be leaving regular anchoring and limiting his WBZ-TV role to occasional appearances and his weekly “Wednesday’s Child” feature that helps kids with special needs find permanent adoptive homes.

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Everyone always says when they step back from their professional workload that they want to spend more time with their family, but Jack really means it.

In his devotion to his wife Marci and their children, Jack has been a true role model for me since I began working with him ten years ago.

And forgive me for being selfish about this, but that’s not the only way I’m losing the daily influence of a great role model so Jack can go enjoy his well-earned time off.

In his 33-year commitment to Wednesday’s Child, Jack has demonstrated how to give back with determination and class.

In the newsroom, he is a voice of experience and calm.

And after hours spent live anchoring alongside Jack and Lisa Hughes on stories like the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy, I can attest to Jack’s intelligence, preparation, work ethic, and professionalism.

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From the first day I came to WBZ, Jack Williams has been a friend, booster, and whether he knew it or not, a mentor. I’m upset to be losing him even partially, but grateful for every minute I’ve worked with him.

So, this cold one’s for you, Jack.

Next time, you’re buying.

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