Apr 20 2019

A Tribute to Guy Frost (1934-2019)


For over 25 years, Guy Frost was dedicated to preserving historic structures in the Village of Roslyn and the Town of North Hempstead, while pursuing his love of Long Island's motorsport history. On Saturday, his friends and family paid tribute to Guy at the Bryant Library in Roslyn.

From 2004 to 2010, Guy organized successful centennial celebrations of the Vanderbilt Cup Races in Garden City and Roslyn Harbor. It was an honor for me to assist Guy on these celebrations and serve with him for six years on North Hempstead's Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Guy will be missed, but never forgotten.

Howard Kroplick

 


Published in Newsday, March 24, 2019

Guy Ladd Frost (1934 - 2019)

It is with great sadness that the family of Guy Ladd Frost announces his passing on Thursday, March 14 at the age of 85. Architect, preservationist and motorsports enthusiast, Guy Ladd Frost was born on January 17, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York to Rose and Stanley Frost.

He served as an Aircraft Controller in the U.S. Air Force from 1954-1958, stationed in Japan and later in Montauk, Long Island. In 1958 he enrolled in the architecture program at Rhode Island School of Design, where he met his wife, Donna Dussault. The two married on Memorial Day, 1959.

Guy and Donna purchased a home in Roslyn in 1965, where Guy was taken under the wing of master preservationist, Admiral Roger Gerry. Together they worked for 25 years restoring the more than 50 structures in Roslyn's Historic District, including the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower.

The Frosts purchased a home in East Hampton in 1973 and Guy pursued his love of motorsports at the nearby Bridgehampton Race Circuit. He dedicated over 25 years of his life to the preservation of the track and Long Island's rich motorsports history.

Guy is survived by Donna, his wife of 59 years, and three children Erica (Ronald) French, Christopher (Kimberle) Frost and Jessica Frost, as well as his five grandchildren.

A memorial service and celebration of Guy's life will be held on Saturday, April 20, from 12-2pm at the William Cullen Bryant Library in Roslyn, New York

Howard Kroplick and Guy Frost in the Alco Black Beast at Sardi's in 2009.

Guy and me in 2009.

It was an honor for me to be included in Guy's tribute presentation.

Guy Frost, Janet Guthrie and me at the 2010 Vanderbilt Cup Race Centennial.



Comments

Mar 24 2019 Walt Gosden 5:31 PM

It was an honor and a real pleasure to know Guy Frost and have many conversations with him and enjoy and participate in the Centennial Celebrations of the Vanderbilt Cup Races. He was a true genuine enthusiast , a really special person. We are all so fortunate to have Guy among us in our common pursuit of long island history.

Mar 24 2019 Ellen Fletcher Russell 7:07 PM

Sarge and I were shocked and grieved to read of Guy’s death. Our thoughts are with Donna and their children, even as we remember with pleasure the time we spent with the Frosts in Roslyn. I, too, was a protege of the Gerrys, and met Guy in the course of that in 1972. I don’t know how many house tours and restoration projects we shared, but I will never forget how Guy would often disagree with Roger over some point or detail - and he always lived to tell the tale!

Mar 25 2019 Howard Kroplick 12:36 PM

Linda Brickman

Guy served on the Historic Landmarks Preservation Commission from 1992 until 2015. His invaluable expertise in historic architecture as well as his humor were an important contribution to the Commission’s decision making. He was always available to be the Commission’s eyes in the field when there were intricate details or unexpected complications at a site in construction.

He will be missed.

Linda Stein Brickman, RA
Executive Secretary to the Commission

Mar 25 2019 Howard Kroplick 10:56 PM

Felice Rosenberg Makowsky

Wonderful man…I lived next door to Guy when I was in my 20’s. He was the best neighbor! I have many fond and fun memories… RIP my friend.

Mar 25 2019 Howard Kroplick 10:58 PM

Mark DeSantis

I am very sorry to hear this, he was a wonderful person and an awesome car guy. Please let us know the wonderful arrangements.

Apr 20 2019 Peggy Morisen 11:10 PM

I knew Guy through BRRC and chowders. He was a remarkable man and passionate about the “bridge.” In fact he got me to invest in it to try to save it. The last time I spoke to him was about 20 years ago, sadly. My condolences to the family and friends. He will be missed.

Apr 21 2019 Earl Gandel 2:16 AM

Nice tribute to Guy, and the turnout looks like he had a lot of friends there to confirm your nice words, Howard. He never gave up on the track as a lost cause, and its memory survives thanks to his work.

Apr 21 2019 LMK 9:02 AM

RIP…

Apr 21 2019 Jeff Becker 12:37 PM

Dear Howard,  Thank you for this tribute a great person, a great gentleman, and a true friend to all of us who knew him.  It was a pleasure to see you and all the others who turned out yesterday to honor him.

Apr 21 2019 S. Berliner, III 1:27 PM

I only knew Guy through his automotive and related Garden City interests, mostly LIMP, but the phrase “the consummate gentleman” came instantly to mind.  Sam, III

Apr 21 2019 Dennis Kelly 9:07 PM

I had the pleasure of working with Guy on a few of the Vanderbilt Cup Race centennial celebrations and I look back very fondly at those days. Guy was a gentleman and a true pleasure to work with. My condolences to his family.

Apr 22 2019 Harry C. Reynolds 10:47 AM

I good man. R.I.P.

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