“Dave leaves a lasting legacy. He has written about the industry and labor relations for a generation and while we loved to argue with him, we considered him a part of the family,” David White, national executive director of SAG-AFTRA, told Variety. “Our hearts go out to his beloved wife, Sharon, and to his family. He will be greatly missed.”
Claudia Eller, Variety editor-in-chief, said McNary’s loss would be felt deeply throughout the company and in the industry.
“We are all grief-stricken by Dave’s passing,” Eller said. “Our newsroom will never be the same. There was no one as kind, compassionate, hard working and collegial as Dave. He was a very special person and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”