Stephen Alan McGill

23 décembre 194310 juin 2020

STEPHEN ALAN MCGILL December 23,1943 – June 10, 2020

Born in Kewanee IL, Steve grew up in several towns including Galesburg, and Morris IL. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he went on to become an Editor of the western edition for John Deere's magazine, The Furrow for the next 35 years.

Steve loved to garden. He was the main gardener for the community gardens in Bonner Springs, KS at the Methodist church. When he left Kansas, the gardeners of that community garden produced 250 pounds of produce for the Feed His Lambs Food Bank. When Steve moved to Cape Cod, he became a Master Gardener of Barnstable County, and helped with the Children's Garden in Brewster.

Steve’s love of gardening was contagious, and many people were warmed by his easy going wide smile and unassuming friendly rapport as he recounted humorous stories of life on the farm. He shared that joy and knowledge of gardening with young people of all ages in and out of the classroom.

An avid photographer, Steve won the first prize for photos at the Agriculture Editors Convention in 1999, and he served as the photographer for the 7th Gilda's Club Quad Cities for cancer victims in Davenport, IA in 2000. He also loved to sing, and sang in every church choir that he belonged to. He was a member of Handel Oratorio Society in Rock Island, IL for 20 years.

Steve is survived by his wife Linda, his sister-in-law Betty Pugsley, his daughters Sara (Alan) Ludwiszewski in Andover, MA, and Christine (John) Gillespie in LeClaire, IA, his sister Maryann Bonic, his brothers Gene McGill, and Richard McGill, grandsons, Joshua Gillespie, and Danny Ludwiszewski, and his cousin Lynn Delaporta in California. Steve was an Oblate Member of the Community of Jesus in Orleans, and he and Linda breakfasted regularly at the Homeport Restaurant. He always offered cheery greetings to those he met around town, and will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.


Stephen Alan McGill


Wayne Burkart

28 juin , 2020

I was lucky enough to work with Steve for 10 years on The Furrow magazine. We traveled together often and were close friends outside the office as well. Not only did he continually brighten my days, he was kind, and smart about so many things...skills that he was eager to share with anyone who asked. He was an equipment genius and love the sound of a John Deere B, Johnny Popper. Steve was so funny and had a collection of wisdoms that I don't think anyone on Earth could top. I recall one trip to the USDA in Washington to photograph a scientist while Steve did the interview. The scientist was so far over our head that Steve had to stop him with this comment: "We're just a couple of barefoot boys from Illinois, and you'll have to start with this is a cow, and a cow goes moo." Unique and wonderful he was. When our children were young they played together often while he and Linda would share their giant bottle of wine with us over great stories. I still share his phrases with my daughter so often. Just priceless he was. I loved him then and now. Always. God bless Linda, and Sarah, and Christine. Thank God he shared his life with us all.

Patricia McDonald

15 juin , 2020

I meant Jim in November of 2018 when I arrived for my Master Gardener interview. He was there to greet and welcome people seeking to be accepted into the MG program. After this I would often work in the clinic for Master Gardeners doing the hotline and soil tests. He was always so welcoming with that huge smile and sense of humor and so active in so many Master Gardener activities. His hard work, enthusiasm and kindnesses will be so missed.
Condolences to his wonderful family.

Wes Straub Straub

14 juin , 2020

Steve was my Master Gardener mentor. That was Steve always stepping up to help others.

So sad to lose a good person way to soon.

Wes Straub

Nancy Mcmahan

14 juin , 2020

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry. Steve will be missed. I will miss hearing his stories, always had a good chuckle in the morning at breakfast.
Nancy McMahan

Jessica Knight

14 juin , 2020

We so enjoyed Steve’s company in the mornings. His stories and insight will be greatly missed.
Our thoughts are with you,
Much Love, Jessica and the Homeport Crew

AnnMarie Adomaitis

14 juin , 2020

Dear Linda and all the family,
I was so saddened to read of Steve's passing.
He was such a gentle man. With a great wit and laugh.
I enjoyed waiting on the both of you for many years
at the Homeport.
My thoughts and prayers are with you now.

Kris Reaves

13 juin , 2020

A witty raconteur, his sense of humor would make me smile.

Donna Cooper

13 juin , 2020

I’m so sad. He was my ‘substitute’ Master Gardener mentor who graciously stepped in when my ‘real’ mentor had work obligations. I so enjoyed our rides to Barnstable and Harwich, during which he calmed my anxieties about class, hotline, and volunteer hours, and gave me all the dirt I needed to know. He was so thoughtful to take me under his wing and I have and will miss seeing him at our events. My condolences to his family.

Melissa Caughey

13 juin , 2020

I had the opportunity and gift of knowing Steve through our Master Gardener program. He was loved dearly and such a gift to us- he graciously shared with us all. I am so saddened to learn of his passing. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers and praying you are surrounded and held in God's loving arms.

Marsha Alibrandi

13 juin , 2020

Steve's great spirit and love of gardening was one he shared so generously, and had signed up again to serve as a Mentor of a new Master Gardener Trainee this year. Sadly, recent events precluded this year's program, but I'd spoken with Steve often in our planning stages, and always enjoyed his buoyant cheer, and "the voice!" I can imagine it now booming, as I'm sure so many lovingly recall. So I guess not being able to sing out meant he needed to go somewhere that he still can...his spirit being that big. In sympathy for such a larger than life loss, Marsha Alibrandi, fellow Master Gardener.