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William V. Cantwell, veteran news cameraman

Jan. 13, 1927 – Aug. 23, 2016

William V. Cantwell, of Buffalo, a longtime news cameraman, died at home Tuesday, following a lengthy illness. He was 89.

Born in London, he graduated from London Polytechnic. His first job was with the Ministry of Information in Central London during World War II, where he was a darkroom assistant.

Following World War II, he worked as a traveling commercial photographer in Australia, taking family portraits.

In 1953, he traveled to the United States and married the former Jeanne Swan. They returned to Australia, but eventually settled in East Aurora.

Mr. Cantwell began working as a cameraman for WKBW-Channel 7, where he created a functioning film lab and editing facilities. He later moved to WIVB-Channel 4, where viewers got to know his name from his famous Weather Cam.

In 1982, he won first place for United Press International’s Best Photography upstate for his coverage of an infant being rescued from a fire. He was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2012.

In addition to his wife of 63 years, Mr. Cantwell is survived by two daughters Jaqueline and Michele Winkelsas; a son, Terrence; a brother, Lawrence; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

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