Two prominent Nova Scotians died of cancer Tuesday.

Howard Dill, 73, was a Windsor farmer best known for growing record-winning pumpkins. In 1979, he grew a 199-kilogram pumpkin that won him the first of four world titles. His pumpkins are often hollowed out and used in the annual Pumpkin Regatta on Lake Pesaquid, and he almost managed to get domestic queen Martha Stewart to row in the regatta in 2004.

Ron Wallace, 91, died the same day of cancer that was diagnosed when he was admitted to hospital for pneumonia. Wallace was the city of Halifax’s longest-serving mayor, holding the post between 1980 and 1991 after serving two terms as an MLA. He became a member of the Order of Canada in 2001.