Past NYSGA President and State Champion William "Bill" Tryon Passes

March 15, 2016

The NYSGA family lost an important member with the passing of William "Bill" Tryon II on March 12. He was 85.

Tryon, a tremendous athlete, played baseball, football, and golf at Princeton University. After graduating in 1953, he joined the US Marines Corps and married his wife, Mary Lou. The two moved back to Elmira where they started their family and Bill established his Life Insurance business.

Even with a family and busy insurance practice, Bill found time to continue to play golf competitively at a high level. He would become a three-time winner of the New York State Amateur Championship, first at Glens Falls CC in 1962, then at Lancaster CC in 1965, and finally at Yahnundasis GC in 1968. During his playing career he also found time to volunteer with the NYSGA as the treasurer (1965-67, 1973-77), Vice President (1968), and President (1969-70). In 2012, Tryon was inducted with the inaugural class of the NYSGA Hall of Fame at Oak Hill Country Club. While golf was an important part of Tryon's life, he was actively involved in many professional and community endeavors in his community.

Mary Lou, Tryon's wife of over sixty years, predeceased him on March 4. They leave behind a loving family including their children Susan, William and Ronald, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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