William John Guyon

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Troy – William (Bill) Guyon, 98, formerly of Northville, NY passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 21, 2022. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Woodhaven, the borough of Queens, NY. He is predeceased by his parents Harold Walter Guyon and Edna Mae (Hunter) Guyon, and an identical twin brother, Harold Walter (Bud) Guyon.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Doris (King) Guyon and daughters Roberta Guyon Drake (Wayne) of E. Islip, NY, Madeline Guyon Morrow (William) of London, UK, and Donna Guyon Truland (David) of Troy, NY, as well as granddaughters Dianne Drake Greene (Russell) , Susan Drake Reilly (Scott), Rebecca L. Truland and Rachel L. Truland, and four greatgrandchildren.
Bill graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, and then attended the New York Institute of Photography. Bill enlisted in the US Army in 1943 and spent almost three years as a combat photographer in the South Pacific with the 4026th Signal Photo Battalion during WWII. He filmed at the 1945 invasion of the Lingayen Gulf in the Philippine Islands and was in Japan to photograph the surrender on board the USS Missouri. He received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained and four bronze arrowheads for his military participation in assault landings; was awarded New York State’s Conspicuous Service medal; and in 2007 was inducted into The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, NY.
Returning from WWII Bill started his career as a photographer for the New York Daily News before joining the fledgling industry of television at CBS, as a cameraman in 1948. His early years were spent on camera during live TV shows, such as Captain Kangaroo, The Ed Sullivan Show, Studio One, and many other variety and dramatic shows. In 1955 he received an Emmy for his contributions as a cameraman on Studio One.
In 1958 he was appointed a Technical Director (TD) for the CBS Television Network. He had many interesting assignments during his career in the television industry, including technical director for the Evening News with Walter Cronkite; the first live telecast from the White House with President Kennedy in 1962, and a 1964 Conversation with President Johnson inside the Oval Office. He covered political conventions from 1948 to 1972 and the space program from the first space orbit with John Glenn to the Gemini and Apollo missions, including the mission to the moon in 1969. From the assassinations of President Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the visit of the Pope in NYC, he traveled at a moment’s notice to cover many major news events.
He later moved from the news to the sports division, covering the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, and the PGA. His favorite event yearly was to be in Augusta, GA for the Master’s Tournament in April. His final assignment before his retirement in 1982 gave him much desired regular hours and home routine. He rode the LI railroad daily, Monday through Friday to his assignment as TD for the Guiding Light soap opera. Although many tried, he never gave away story line spoilers.
Bill lived in Glen Head, LI with his wife for 35 years while working in NYC before retiring to the foothills of the Adirondacks in Benson, NY. In his retirement years he continued his photography, canoed many Adirondack lakes, cross country skied, golfed, played tennis, and traveled. After 20 years in Benson, he and Doris moved to a house closer to the village of Northville. In his last two years he and Doris moved to an adult retirement residence to be closer to family.
At his request no funeral services will be held. His remains will be cremated, to be interred with his wife at her passing. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Northville Funeral Home, 401 Bridge Street, Northville, NY. Condolences may be made to the family at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.

By LH Staff

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