J.J. Grant new member of Order of Canada

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NEW GLASGOW – Brigadier-General (retired) John James Grant has been named a member of the Order of Canada.

Grant was one of 120 members, officers and companions announced on Friday. He was cited for his contributions to the people of Nova Scotia as an entrepreneur, community leader and lieutenant-governor.

He became the province’s lieutenant-governor in 2012 and served until 2017.

Born in 1936 in New Glasgow, Grant graduated from Mount Allison University in 1956 with a bachelor of commerce degree in accounting and economics. He became a fully registered industrial accountant in 1967.

Grant’s military career spanned nearly 40 years from when he joined the Pictou Highlanders Pipes and Drums in 1951. He was promoted to Brigadier General Area Commander of the Atlantic Militia Area in 1984 and retired from the Militia, Canadian Force in 1989.

He worked for years at the J.J. Grant hardware store in New Glasgow and more recently at Hector Building Supplies Ltd. in Lyons Brook.

Grant was named a member of the Order of Canada at the same time as former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who appointed him lieutenant-governor, was among five Canadians named a companion.

Brigadier-General (retired) John James Grant lays a wreath during the annual service in 2016 at the cairn that commemorates the Battle of Culloden in Knoydart while serving as Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. Assisting him is his son Bob Grant. (File photo)