John Chow

John Chow, 73, of Northvale, NJ, passed away on Monday, February 12, 2024. Beloved husband of Joann  Lee. Loving father of David Chow and his wife Tina and proud grandfather of Benji, Brendan and Josie. Dear brother of Debora Chiu and her husband Thomas Gallagher.

John was a news cameraman at WABC TV for 28 years. His work took him around the world, shooting specials with Bill Beutel, Roger Grimsby, and the Eyewitness News Team.  He was among the first news cameramen on site during 9-11, and shot much of the ABC news footage of the World Trade Center collapse. He loved photography and especially enjoyed capturing the excitement of Fantasy Fest in Key West each October.

Visiting hours are Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 4-7 pm with family memories and a prayer to be shared at 5:30 pm.  A service will be held at Restland Memorial Park, East Hanover, NJ on Friday, February 16, 2024 at 11:30 am with internment to follow.

Check Donations can be made to “Arcola Covenant Community” – in Memory of John Chow:

ACC Finance Committee (Attn: Yvette Lee), 52 S Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ 07652

Venmo @ACCNJ or Zelle to


  1. John and Joan were some of the first people we met here in Florida. Kind, loving, and could talk photography for hours. John lived through his camera. Such an interesting person. Marty and I will miss you John Chow!

  2. Joann and I were junior high school classmates and last October we finally reunited after 60 years. I didn’t get a chance to meet John but from the stories and catching up we did, I know John was a super guy. May he rest in peace. My sincerest condolences to Joann and family.

  3. Linda and Joe Scura

    My husband and I had the privilege of meeting John and Joann while living in Fl. He was a kind man!
    He shared his photography and his life experiences with myself and husband on many occasions!
    He will forever be in our hearts.
    May his memories and photographs be a comfort to his family!

  4. Sending John’s family my deepest sympathy. I worked with John more than 40 years ago when we were both just kids starting out in television. I always felt so fortunate when John was assigned as my photographer! He was a brilliant talent, even then, and we knew he would quickly move on to big things. And he did. John was a gentle soul, very patient, full of fun, and fiercely committed to doing his very best work. I think back on our days together, working at Channel 6 with such a smile. A lifetime may have passed since I saw him, but I truly feel his loss.
    May he rest in peace

  5. I came to know John through Joann who with others are members of the Holy Cross caregiver’s group. He sounded like just a wonderful person whom I am sure I would have loved had I known him personally. Joann is so dear to my heart. I will continue praying for her and her family for as long as I am able to do so.

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