R.I.P.: Mark Tobler, grower of Morristown’s Great Pumpkin

Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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He planned to come back to this fall’s Pumpkin Illumination and break his own record: A 400-pound monster that he grew last year at Morristown’s Early Street Community Garden.

Sadly, it wasn’t meant to be.

Mark Tobler died of cancer last week at age 47.

Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at 2011 Morristown Pumpkin Illumination. Mark died of melanoma last week. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Last fall, explaining the TLC that goes into growing gourds, he said of the pumpkin’s cycle:

“You have one season to try to do this.”

And so he did. Our condolences to Mark’s family.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.  Please specify melanoma research.

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