A pioneer of ecological farming in P.E.I. died suddenly at his home in New Argyle on Monday.
Steven MacKinnon, district director of the national Farmers Union, was 53 years of age and was known as a great steward of the land who championed ecological farming as a way to promote environmental care.
“Steven was not afraid to stand up for what he felt was right and he possessed a dogged determination to see projects through to completion,” said Edith Ling of the NFU.
MacKinnon became part of the NFU as a teenager and held the position of NFU Local 104 president for many years and was district director for the past two years.
“This is a great loss for the Island's agriculture industry and Mr. MacKinnon will be remembered fondly for his many contributions,’’ said Agriculture Minister Alan McIsaac.
In a statement, the NFU said members here and across Canada extend heartfelt sympathy to his daughter, Janell and all other family members.
“He was a very humble, intelligent person, an avid reader, and had a wonderful insight into any situation. He truly was a visionary,” said Ling. “He stood up for what he felt was right.”
MacKinnon's funeral was held Thursday morning at the Belvedere Funeral Home.