Guy Stillman

By
Real Estate Agent with DeLex Realty

When I was in High School, my sister helped me get a job for the City of Scottsdale.

It was at McCormick Rail Road Park and it was a great job. Most of all it introduced me to all types of wonderful people and helped me with what would be my career, although I had no idea at the time.

A guy named Guy.

Guy Stillman, was the step son Fowler McCormick, of International Harvester amongst many other investments. Guy believed strongly in working hard for money, with your hands, earn your living no matter what you had in the bank.

I recall many hot days

Working  with guy's son and Grandson, changing rail road ties at the part. Guy had donated the train at the park, it was a working train at his ranch in Scottsdale. His parents, the McCormick's, had donated the park itself to the city of Scottsdale. Guy become the park's benefactor.

Guy was a simple man.

If you looked at guy you would never guess he was wealthy. He was weathered, wore a blue denim shirt, hat and dockers most days. Drove an 1980's model Chevy Scottsdale Pick Up Truck, not even the best model when it was new. No one to look at him would ever guess he was a millionaire many times over.  

Guy believed in the Homestead act and lived it.

While guy came from a wealthy background, he believed in earning your own way. He did so through homesteading an farming. He was a Realtor, an engineer and most important to me a great role model. He would tell stories of Real Estate, how to make money with it and the wonderful opportunities only found in America. Guy passed on in 1995, While I personally new very little of him, there is hardly a day that passes I do not think of him. Thanks Guy.

Posted by

James (Jim) Lord

jim@jimlordregroup.com

www.jimlordregroup.com

480-648-3378

Comments (4)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

What a nice tribute to Guy. I give people with lots of money who are still down to earth a ton of kudos. He sounds like a hard-working nice guy. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 14, 2017 03:45 AM
Jim Lord

I was very, very lucky to have known him even for the short while that I did. He was a wonderful person and his children could have out worked me any day of the week, great family. He made Scottsdale, AZ a  much better place.

Mar 14, 2017 08:28 AM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

There are many people that gain wealth through their hard work and talents, but they don't flaunt it or even get concerned about it. Sounds like a great guy!

Mar 14, 2017 04:29 AM
Jim Lord

He actually taught me a ton, I did not realize he was teaching it to me at the time. His actions taught me more than any words ever did. He was a great person.

Mar 14, 2017 08:26 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Jim. This is a great story of a very neat man. Thanks for sharing.

Mar 14, 2017 06:56 AM
Jim Lord

He was a very neat man. I recall he had a birthday party and actually invited us to it. We were a bunch of young high school age and college age kids, other attendees were Governors, Congressmen, Senators, I recall several other very wealthy people, but he wanted us there too. Not many people like that in the world.

Mar 14, 2017 08:25 AM
Anonymous
Jeff Quill

Hi Jim!
It’s been a long time, hopefully everything is well with you. I was on LinkedIn and saw your post. It brings back many memories of “working on the railroad” I couldn’t agree with you more on Guy. Besides being a hard worker, he was also a very generous and compassionate man. It was great when he would visit us and share stories of his past. I’m glad he made as big of impression on you as he did the rest of us. Rest in peace Mr. Stillman…

Mar 18, 2017 11:08 AM
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