His death was announced by former BBC Look North co-anchor Amy Garcia, who broke down while delivering the news on Friday evening.
Sir Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, said: “It was a great shock to hear of Harry Grace’s sudden death. I appreciate him not only for his regular interviews on Look North but also by his many visits to Scarborough. Knew what he liked very much.
“He must have been one of the most recognized and loved men in Yorkshire. He will be greatly missed by all of us. My thoughts are with Harry’s family at this sad time.”
Harry was a great friend of Scarborough’s and played a big role in comparing the city’s festive specular charity carol concert at the Spa and the Scarborough Business Awards.
Nigel Wood, the organizer of the Festive Spectacular and a friend of Harry’s 20 years, said: “He was without a doubt an adopted Scaraborian; he loved the city. One of his favorite places was walking on the beach. He There is a Yorkshire legend.
“With Harry, there was no hierarchy, he was just a simple and humble man, who loved his family. He was one of the good people in life.
“He’s been such a supporter of the festive splendor over the years, he always said it was the start of his Christmas time, he just joked with it.
“I will miss him as a friend and the concert will miss him. My thoughts are with Helen and the boys, and Harry’s legacy will live on in many.”
Harry joined the BBC in 1978 and began presenting Look North four years later. He stepped down in October 2020, a day before his 70th birthday.
The well-known figure was a familiar face to millions in Yorkshire after his nearly four-decade stint in the news program.
Harry told Scarborough News In February 2018: “Ah, Scarborough. Undoubtedly my favorite place in this wonderful county. This experience stemmed from over 60 years of travel, vacations, and work!”
“The appeal of Scarborough to me is never-ending,” he said.
In addition to broadcasting, Harry was involved in the chairmanship of the Scarborough Cricket Festival, chairman of the Scarborough Cricket Club 2006–07, deputy lieutenant for North Yorkshire and several charities.
Scarborough Cricket Club said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that we note the sudden death of former Scarborough President Harry Grace.
“Harry was a huge supporter of the North Marine Road Cricket Festival and everyone it represented was valued in the sport.
“He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his wife Helen and his entire family.”
In a tweet from Harry’s Twitter account, his wife Helen wrote: “The boys and I would like to sincerely thank everyone for the beautiful things here about Harry.
“We are in such disbelief that today his chair is empty and his coffee cup unused. We will try to respond as timely as possible. We love him and miss him dearly.”