Officials announced this week that retired Lake County sheriff’s deputies Stephen McKay (left) and David McNichol (right) both died recently. | Provided Photos

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said they are mourning the deaths of two retired sheriff’s deputies who both died recently.

The sheriff’s office announced earlier this week the deaths of retired sheriff’s deputies Stephen McKay and David McNichol.

McNichol retired from the agency in 2021 and McKay retired in 2009.

“Both served the Lake County community with honor. Please keep their families in your thoughts and prayers,” the sheriff’s office said.

McKay, 71, of Winthrop Harbor, died on June 25 at his home.

He served as a deputy with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for many years, worked at OMC Johnson Motors and was the 1st Ward Alderman for the City of North Chicago, according to his obituary.

McKay was one of the first of 14 original members of the Patriots Motorcycle Club.

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“Steve loved to take care of his family and friends. Going up north to his place in Fremont. He loved his grandchildren dearly and they brought him the most joy, even in his final days,” his obituary said.

McNichol began his career in law enforcement with the Lake Forest Police Department in 2001.

He was a lateral transfer to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 2003.

McNichol served in the Civil Process, Community Services and Highway Patrol divisions of the sheriff’s office.

He was the sheriff’s office’s main advocate for the Special Olympics and led fundraising efforts for the Polar Plunge, Cop on a Rooftop, Law Enforcement Torch Run, Plane Pull and Tip a Cop events.