Lieutenant Colonel Murdoch Glenn McIver, CD was born on 19 September 1916 in Hespeleler Ontario. He joined the Queen’s Own Rifles in Toronto on 18 June 1940. After training at Camp Borden, he was stationed at Gander Airport for the winter of 1940 before going to Sussex, New Brunswick for more training.
He embarked for England as transport Sergeant in the summer of 1941. In 1943, he was sent back to Canada for officer training. He was not back in England in time to land on D-Day with his regiment, but landed at Sword Beach in July 1944. Once he joined his regiment in France, they moved along the coast of France before being assigned to the Scheldt Estuary where they fought from Belgium into Netherlands and Mooshoof, Germany by which time he was a Captain. He served in the army of occupation until September of 1945 at which time he was shipped home as a result of an injury.
Shortly after returning to Canada he joined the reserve (3rd) battalion of the Queen’s Own Rifles rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and commanding the regiment from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, he and his wife Jean (married in 1940) attended the royal wedding of Colonel-in-Chief Princess Alexandra in Westminster Abbey.
He retired from military service in 1963 to enjoy his cottage on an island in Georgian Bay.
He resumed his plumbing apprenticeship, and eventually taught at the Provincial Institute of Trades, then Central Technical School and finally Danforth Technical School where he retired as assistant department head in 1978 at which time he and his wife became snow birds spending winters in Florida.
He was a 50 year member of The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 344 (Queen’s Own Rifles) in Toronto.
Murdoch passed away on March 17, 2008 leaving two children.