J.J. Grant named to Order of Canada

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NEW GLASGOW — Brigadier-General (retired) and former lieutenant-governor Jim Grant says he’s honoured to be named a member of the Order of Canada.

Grant was one of 120 members, officers and companions — and was the only local recipient — announced recently. He was cited for his contributions to the people of Nova Scotia as an entrepreneur and community leader, as well as lieutenant-governor.

“I certainly wasn’t expecting anything like that,” he said. “Being lieutenant-governor I thought was the epitome.”

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

Born in 1936 in New Glasgow, John James 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 did not factor into his appointment but it 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 was co-owner from 1957 to 1996. He worked as an accountant more recently at Hector Building Supplies Ltd. in Lyons Brook from 1998 until he became lieutenant-governor.

From left: Clyde Macdonald greets Jim Grant and his wife Joan at the Town of Westville’s New Year’s Levee. (Goodwin photo)