McDonough Tribute from Hill

BOSTON Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos today runs a full-page ad in The Boston Globe honoring Will McDonough, the sportswriter and TV analyst who died last week at age 67.

The ad takes the form of one of McDonough’s Globe columns, complete with his caricature and name at the top. The ensuing space is left blank, however, with brief text at the close of the ad where author information would normally appear. The copy reads: “Farewell, dear friend. The world won’t be the same without you. From Jack and all your fans at Hill, Holliday.”

“Jack” refers to Jack Connors, CEO and chairman of Interpublic Group’s Hill, Holliday in Boston.

McDonough continued to write a weekly column for the Globe despite technically “retiring” from the newspaper’s staff two years ago. He spent more than 40 years at The New York Times-owned paper, which is also a client of Hill, Holliday. McDonough had appeared as an NFL analyst and sports commentator on CBS and NBC during the 1980s and ’90s.

The cause of his death has not been determined, though he had battled thyroid cancer in the past decade and suffered a heart attack last month.

—David Gianatasio