Sterling Gill (September 29, 1953 - May 07, 2024)

In loving memory of
Sterling Gill
  • September 29, 1953
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  • May 07, 2024

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Today we celebrate the life of Sterling Gill.  Sterling was so loved by his friends and his family.  Together we find solace in remembering the extraordinary person he was and the impact he had on our lives.  There was never a question of how much he valued his relationships.  Sterling was known for his zest for life, and his love of family, cooking, sports, and music.

Sterling wrapped his arms around you with his soulful cooking.  Close your eyes and imagine the smell of fresh fried chicken coming out of a well-seasoned cast iron pan, a pot of collard greens seasoned with fatback, buttery cornbread and sweet candied yams. Let’s not forget his passion for CRABS with his niece/daughter Latease who is known for taking CRABS through TSA/airports just to satisfy his ultimate desires! In the background, you hear the sounds of fans rooting for the Orioles, Ravens, the old Baltimore Colts and any team Lebron James plays for!  Music was always a part of the occasion including a hand dance or two, listening to Michael Franks, Bobbie Womack and Bobbie Humphrey.

Sterling loved to drive!  After moving to Ohio, he was always on the road to Baltimore, visiting family, picking up his mother and Aunt, taking family trips to Virginia and Myrtle Beach and three road trips from Florida to Ohio.  He loved living in Canton, OH. with the Pro Football Hall of Fame right up the road!  He would dress up in his GOLD suit during the HOF festival/dinner ceremony and people would ask him “Which team did you play on?” Sterling got a kick out of others thinking he was a PRO Football Hall of Famer! Lastly, one area that he would not want us to forget from his legacy was that he was super proud of being named the Pimlico MVP Little League baseball player back in the late 60’s.

As a coach, Sterling mentored many young adults throughout his lifetime including his three sons Kevin who was a pitcher, Christian who played basketball and Jordan who is now a college basketball player.    He had several roles leading young adults as Recreation Leader at the Baltimore City – James D. Gross Recreation Center (formerly Edgecomb Rec. Center), Maryland School for the Blind, the Child & Adolescent Services Center and Canton City Schools.  He shared lessons on the way he lived his life with humility and a selfless spirit.

Sterling Gill a native of Baltimore, MD, was born to William Marion Gill and Mae Frances Gill on September 29, 1953. Sterling was a graduate of Northwestern Class of 1972, Bay College, UMBC & graduated from the University of Baltimore 1980.

Sterling was preceded in death by his father, William Gill, mother, Mae Frances Gill, his brothers, Jerry and Terry Gill, and sister, Marcelia Gill. Sterling is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Joy Martins-Gill, and their children, Kevin, Christian, and Jordan, grandchildren, Kymani, Brooklyn and Nyla, his sisters Betty Hart, brothers, Bryant and Jeffrey Gill nieces, Orlando, Dorthea, Arlene, Latease, Ebony, and Nicole and nephew, Chiisia, in-laws, Alia Compton McCorkle (William), David Martins, Darrell Compton, and Alvaro Compton. He is also survived by a large family of relatives family and friends from Baltimore, Canton and now Florida that he loved and cherished including his Aunts Dorothy, Mildred, and Freda.

Sterling came to know and love Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ and the wonderful promises in the Bible.  Sterling was thankful to know about the Resurrection – John 5:28, 29 and   How Sickness and Death will be done away with – Revelation 21; 3, 4.  All of these promises are based on the hope of Everlasting Life that Jehovah God, Who Cannot Lie, promised long ago – Titus 1:2.  It is faith-strengthening to know that the next voice Sterling will hear will be Jesus Christ’s calling him to wake up and to come out of the memorial tomb!

A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Sterling Gill will be held on June 1, 2024, beginning at 1:00 pm at the Longwood Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1860 Longwood Lake Mary Rd., Longwood, FL. 32750.  The memorial service will be streamed on Zoom scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm EST.

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**A Celebration of Sterling’s life will also be held in Baltimore, on June 15, 2024 at 7:00 pm at the Baltimore Rowing & Water Resource Center, 3301 Waterview Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21230

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  1. Eric Kelly says:
    05 Jun 2024
    Sterling you will be missed.

  2. Karen lit a candle:
    04 Jun 2024
    Lit since June 4, 2024 at 6:23:30 PM

  3. Jeremy lovell says:
    04 Jun 2024
    I will always remember his laugh and how kind he was to me as a teenager.. great guy.. he will be missed.. my heart breaks for his family

  4. Michael Smith posted an image:
    02 Jun 2024
    Baltimore friends
    Baltimore friends

  5. Michael Smith posted an image:
    02 Jun 2024
    Visiting Baltimore friends
    Visiting Baltimore friends

  6. Shauna Thomas lit a candle:
    02 Jun 2024
    Lit since June 2, 2024 at 6:17:25 AM

  7. Alvaro says:
    01 Jun 2024
    Sterling wasn’t just a brother n law. He was a friend/mentor/counselor/older brother/father figure usually whatever I needed that day I was talking to him. When Alyssa was young (my daughter) . I would bring her over to Joy’s and Sterlings house. Sterling would turn into her Uncle at the drop of a dime. Whether it was making faces or jokes with faces for Alyssa or seeing if she was hungry because as we all know he stayed in the kitchen cooking listening to sports and watching the news or watching sports and reading the newspaper . One of those combinations. When I had finally went to Florida I was so ecstatic that Sterling took me to the beach. I had never been to Florida and even when I was in Atlantic City I didn’t get to go to the beach. So going to Daytona Beach was a treat as my mom would say. Sterling was selfless enough to let me swim for like 3 hours. I never got out the water until it was time to go. You know a person must have love for you when they want to see you have a good time. I know Sterling had love for me and I have love for Sterling. Maybe I’ll try to dress up for the Hall of Fame and see if they think I’m a a ex football star, lol. Hmmm naww, I would never be that lucky. Only Sterl Pearl can pull that one off. I can say that in the 30 odd years I have known Sterling all he cared about was family and sports he liked his politics as well. I really enjoyed all our get togethers at Joy’s and Sterling’s house. Before walking in you immediately smell food (greens my favorite thing he made) and hear Sterling talking loud as can be, usually talking mess about whatever is on tv while looking at his newspaper with his grandpa glasses on while they sit on the edge of his nose. That’s the Sterling I know and hold dear to my heart. I’m glad I was able to finally meet one of his brothers after hearing Sterlings stories over the years about his life in Baltimore. I probably heard hundreds of stories about him and his brothers and his mother and father. You can tell Sterling came from a loving tight netted community of family and friends that had a zest for life. I really don’t remember any bad times I had with Sterling. He wasn’t that type of person he loved to laugh and see you laugh that was just his character. Sterling was a great person to be around he was always entertaining people. I really don’t remember a day that was a bad day being around Sterling he was too upbeat to have a frown. When I think of Sterling I think of those faces he made for Alyssa and him talking silly to her in the kitchen. I’m truly gonna Miss Sterling. He wasn’t an addition to my family he was just family, period.

  8. terice champion lit a candle:
    01 Jun 2024
    Lit since June 1, 2024 at 6:48:17 PM

  9. Ronald posted an image:
    01 Jun 2024
    Ronald, Michael and Sterling in Baltimore
    Ronald, Michael and Sterling in Baltimore

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    01 Jun 2024

  11. Ronald posted an image:
    01 Jun 2024
    Ronald and Sterling during his visit to Orlando.
    Ronald and Sterling during his visit to Orlando.

  12. Ramona lit a candle:
    01 Jun 2024
    Lit since June 1, 2024 at 6:48:50 PM

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    01 Jun 2024
    Lit since June 1, 2024 at 6:32:49 PM

  14. Ramona says:
    01 Jun 2024
    It was truly a blessing to have known Sterling for more than 40 years. I will never forget his kindness, joy and laughter. Sending prayers and love to the family. Love, Ramona Johnson

  15. Edwina says:
    31 May 2024
    Cherishing the pecious times that we spent together. Remembering your playful spirit that shined through your smile, the sly wink and thumbs up that you gave me indicating that everything was going to be alright, and our beautiful childhood memories.
    R.I.P Cuz

  16. Alyssa lit a candle:
    31 May 2024
    Lit since May 31, 2024 at 5:04:50 PM

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    30 May 2024
    Lit since May 30, 2024 at 5:38:51 AM

  18. YFNP says:
    29 May 2024
    I heart is broken. Sterling and I were so close when we were living in Baltimore.
    We became friends back in 1976. We were together every day drinking Weidemann’s beer and playing basketball.
    I knew the entire family.
    Sterling you will always be
    One of my best friend.
    Rest in paradise
    Joe York

  19. Elena Villegas lit a candle:
    29 May 2024
    Lit since May 29, 2024 at 5:17:47 PM

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    28 May 2024
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    27 May 2024
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    27 May 2024
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    27 May 2024
    Lit since May 27, 2024 at 5:08:58 PM

  24. Bro EL says:
    27 May 2024
    Beloved Bro Sterling Gill, Honor for sharing Yo Life Journey in this Era of Time. Bro Ankh Unu-EL, (Spivey-EL, GTSIII)

  25. Aaron says:
    27 May 2024
    Sterling, I remember I had my first crab boil with you in Virginia. The experience was delicious. I also remember your sweet potatoes during the holidays. I was hoping one day you could show me how to make. I remember when I was the executive chef at some Italian restaurant and bought you and Joy, and alia food. We may had a different hair style, but we had the same taste buds. You shared many conversations with me. I know you where a stand up guy in my book. Some day we can bromance in the sky.

    Best wishes to his loving family.

  26. Aaron lit a candle:
    27 May 2024
    Lit since May 27, 2024 at 5:38:22 AM

  27. Charles &Annette,Charlise,CJ,Lightner says:
    26 May 2024
    We miss him.. we love, Mr. Sterling.. God bless him and his family..

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    26 May 2024
    Lit since May 26, 2024 at 5:03:37 PM

  29. Jackie Dent-Lee says:
    25 May 2024
    Sterling Gill, you will truly be missed . Being connected with your family for over 60 years, we all became like sisters and brothers. When I would come over to visit Betty and you were home we would all sit and talk and laugh for hours. Speaking with you over FaceTime about a month ago and seeing your big smile brought so much joy to my heart ❤️ RIP lil brother ️️️

  30. Sharon E. Moore posted an image:
    25 May 2024
    Sterling and I @Northwestern's Meet and Greet  for 50th class reunion
    Sterling and I @Northwestern's Meet and Greet for 50th class reunion

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    24 May 2024
    Lit since May 24, 2024 at 5:20:35 PM

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  37. Beverly (Binki) Wimbish-Jackson says:
    23 May 2024
    The Northwestern Class of 1972 sends their deepest, heartfelt condolences to Sterling’s family, friends and especially his wife, children, and grandchildren.
    Rest in Power Fallen Wildcat!

  38. Pat Gray says:
    23 May 2024
    I got chance to speak to Sterling bka. Feely. It was so lovely to see him and hear his voice. I've known him for over 60 years and it was like he was right there . He looked so good, it brought back good memories. You will be sorely missed.

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    23 May 2024
    Lit since May 23, 2024 at 5:17:18 PM

  40. Ronald Johnson says:
    23 May 2024
    I called him the G-Man, the Russian, homeboy .and I would phone Sterling anytime, because I could. He would always listen,we talked about everything and everybody.In short!! This was a great friend.I known Sterling for at least 60 years ,his kind endearing personality never changed..The world would be better off with him than without.So would I.RIP my Beloved friend and may God bless you and your beautiful family and Wife This was difficult to Write!!!

  41. Sheldon C Hamilton says:
    23 May 2024
    In Loving Memory of Sterling Gill

    A Coach, Mentor, and Friend

    Sterling Gill's legacy lives on in the hearts of the young boys of the 21215 zip code. His passion for baseball was only surpassed by his dedication to shaping the lives of the players he coached. With unwavering positivity and boundless energy, Coach Sterling inspired a generation of young athletes to dream big, work hard, and never give up.

    In the game of life, he taught us more than just how to throw a ball or swing a bat. He instilled in us the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and perseverance. His impact reached far beyond the baseball field, shaping us into better individuals both on and off the diamond.

    Today, we stand together to honor the memory of Coach Sterling Gill, a man who touched so many lives with his kindness, wisdom, and unwavering belief in the potential of every child. Though he may be gone, his spirit lives on in the laughter, the cheers, and the camaraderie of the games we play.

    Rest in peace, Coach Sterling. Your legacy will forever inspire us to reach for the stars and carry on the lessons you taught us with pride and gratitude.

    Forever in our hearts,
    The Little League Baseball Players of the 21215 Zip Code

  42. Shawna King lit a candle:
    23 May 2024
    Lit since May 23, 2024 at 5:39:25 AM

  43. Shawna King says:
    23 May 2024
    your kindness and spirit of service will be deeply missed but forever remembered with gratitude and admiration. Rest in peace, knowing your legacy lives on in the hearts of those you've touched.

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    23 May 2024
    Lit since May 23, 2024 at 5:27:39 AM

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    23 May 2024
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    23 May 2024
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  47. Roscoe Williams says:
    22 May 2024
    My condolences to the Gil family. I have nothing but fond memories for my childhood friend. Rest in peace my Brother. Respectfully
    Roscoe aka Slim Williams.

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    22 May 2024
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    22 May 2024
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