Edgar William McGill

December 1st, 1949October 23rd, 2018

Ed was born in Boulder Colorado on December 1, 1949.  He passed peacefully from this life after suffering from Lewy Bodies Dementia on Oct. 23, 2018.  He was born and raised in Boulder, the Son of Ralph McGill and (Thelma Slade) Terri McGill who both preceded him in death. A lifetime resident and member of a Pioneer Family of the Boulder County area, Ed was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting as well as training his dogs.


He served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972 and felt very fortunate not to go to Vietnam.  Following his military service, Ed attended and graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver.  He later was employed and eventually became manager of the Niwot branch of Twin Cities Distributing.  This became and indirect springboard for his endeavors with an art gallery then later a frame shop.  Ed opened Canvasback Fine Art and Framing in downtown Niwot, Co, and ran a successful business while working on his own art.  He was an active part in promoting Downtown Niwot businesses with a number of art shows in conjunction with other scheduled events in the area.


As a "preretirement" move, he sold the building in Niwot and moved his business to Hygiene.  It was during this time that he reconnected with a friend from elementary school, Billie Sue (Tooker) Pringle.  They were married at their home in Hygiene on Aug. 22. 2009.


Ed is survived by his wife Billie, now living in Erie, his sister Carol Ann McGill of Longmont, a Labrador Retriever Cash, 2 loving cats and many friends and family too numerous to count.


There will be a memorial service held on Nov. 16 at 10:30. It will be at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd in Lafayette, CO.  In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Ed's name to a charity of your choice.



There will be a memorial service held on Nov. 16 at 10:30. It will be at Darrell Howe Mortuary, 1701 W. South Boulder Rd in Lafayette, CO




Darrell Howe Mortuary | Map



Tribute Video


I recall visiting Ed's home studio on many occasions as he helped the Niwot Historical Society with development of its artifact displays and framing for the little Niwot Firehouse Museum. He was so generous with his time and talent. He shared some of his Niwot memories with me in an oral history interview years ago. If the family would like a copy, I am happy to share it. I'm so sad to hear of his passing. Anne Dyni
I have not seen Ed since he moved from Niwot, but I will always remember him as a kind and genuine person. One of the good guys! Godspeed!
We live across the alley from the former Canvasback Gallery in Niwot. I remember when Ed first started the gallery, and he would showcase amazing artists in the Boulder/Denver metro area. He had such a passion for art and photography. I learned a lot from him, and will always be grateful to him for helping me set up a show featuring Australian Aboriginal Art at the gallery. He was an extremely talented artist in his own right, and his framing skills were unparalleled. And I remember the many brown lab dogs, from "Powder" to others that followed. I can still picture Powder trotting down the street behind Ed for a visit to the post office. Our condolences to Billie - I am so glad that you and Ed found each other and spent some happy years together. Ed will be missed! Victoria Keen and Mike Selak