The Rev. Ian Cameron GlassIan Glass died peacefully at the Provincial Palliative Care Centre in Charlottetown, PEI on August 7, 2022, in his 84th year. Born in Dumbarton, Scotland on April 16, 1939, he emigrated with his family, to Canada in 1954. Settling in Galt, (Cambridge) Ontario in 1956, he worked as a Mechanical Draughtsman for six years. Ian joined St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and took an active part in the life of the congregation with Church School, choir and PYPS. It was here that he met his future wife, Janet Boniface. Through their involvement in the church Ian felt the call to serve in ministry. He entered Waterloo Lutheran University as a mature student graduating in 1963, Ian and Janet were married in August of that year and Ian began studies at Knox College, graduating with the class of 1966. Upon graduation he was appointed by the Board of Missions to establish a new congregation in the community of Sherwood, a growing area of Charlottetown. That congregation continues today as St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.

Ian became very involved in the local community and was Chair of the PEI Labour Management Relations Council, President of United Way PEI and member of the National Board, Chair of the PEI Milk Commission, the Community Caravan of Sports (raising funds to build a new arena) and was a founding member of the Charlottetown Christian Council. He served as Chaplin to the PEI Regiment and later the PEI Peacekeepers Assn.

In 1973 Ian accepted a position as Protestant Chaplin at the University of Prince Edward Island where he provided weekly services, organized study groups and counselled both students and staff.

From 1976 to 1989 Ian was employed in the PEI agriculture industry in a number of capacities both with the Provincial and the Federal Departments of Agriculture. Before retirement in 1997 he was employed with Veterans Affairs Canada working as a liaison between the Federal Government and Ontario Veterans Hospitals. Throughout these years Ian continued to actively serve the church, he was Interim Moderator to many congregations including three times at the Kirk of St. James where his family now worships. He conducted services, almost weekly in retirement, in many churches across the Island.

Ian loved to sing! He was one of the original members of the Canada Remembers Chorus, formed by employees of VAC in 1995 to commemorate the end of WW11, and continued on in retirement until Covid restrictions caused the group to disband. They sang many war songs in nursing homes and, on Remembrance Day, in schools throughout the Island. Ian enjoyed gardening, woodworking, golf and in earlier years was an avid runner completing a half marathon and running across the Confederation Bridge when it opened in 1997.

Ian was awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal by the United Way of PEI, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Lieutenant Governor, Frank Lewis, as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Merit for more than ten years of volunteer service as Chair of the Garden Committee of Government House. Ian’s was a life of service.

Ian is survived by Janet, his wife of 59 years. Three daughters Linda (Wayne) Gallant, Nancy (Andrew) McDoanld, Suzanne (Ian) Walker, eight grandchildren and one great grandson, he took such great pride in all of them. His brother Robert (Ann), sisters Christine (Gary) McCandlish and Sheena (David) Lund. His sister in law Shirley (Douglas) Nelson and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Roberta Glass, father and mother in law Fred and Rose Boniface.

Ian’s funeral was held on August 11, 2022 from the Belvedere Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Amanda Henderson-Bolton, assisted by Rev. Roger MacPhee. Interment was in Sherwood Cemetery.