Clifton, Iver

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Clifton, Iver

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February 11, 1930 - March 26, 2013


Iver Clifton was born February 11, 1930 in Hodgeville, Saskatchewan. He began his schooling at Ensz, a one-room country school, and then on to Luxor school in Neidpath, where he completed grade 10. He then went to Herbert High School to complete grades 11 & 12, where he graduated in 1947. While attending school in Herbert he joined the Herbert High School Cadet Corp., that same year becoming a member of the Armoured Reserve Regiment, the14th Canadian Hussars.

He qualified as Lieutenant in 1948 while attending the Armoured Corps. school in Camp Borden, Ontario. In 1950 he was given the opportunity to be a member of the Canadian Armoured Units going overseas to the Korean War, but his plans changed due to his father's illness and he stayed to help on the family farm. He continued with the reserve army training, completing a number of examinations and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, then was appointed Commanding Officer of the 14th Hussars, which he held until the regiment was disbanded in 1968.

Through this time he farmed and ran a cat and scraper, building many roads, dugouts and dams in the area. In 1958 he purchased his own farm just outside of Swift Current. He married Glennis on June 9, 1962, and celebrated with a military wedding. The farm became home for him and his wife, where they raised three sons and a daughter. The farm was home to grain, livestock and a large scale vehicle salvage operation. Being a very good mechanic, many people came to him for advice, parts, repairs and complete vehicles.

Iver was a member of the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce and president from 1976 to 1979, the first farmer in the area to hold this position. He was president of the Saskatchewan Army Cadet League and the Army Cadet League of Canada. He was a member of the Swift Current Masonic Lodge and the Swift Current Shrine Club. He was a Life Member of the Royal Arch Masons, the Damascus Preceptory, the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps. Association and the Swift Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch #56. As a member of the Shrine Club, he was their drum major for over 20 years, traveling to numerous places performing in over 260 parades and competitions.

Iver had the great experience and good fortune to be appointed Aide-de-Camp for three Lt. Governors, each serving a five year term. He organized the purchase of the Swift Current Mayoral Chain of Office in 2003. He organized and financed the retrieval and placement of the WWII armoured military tank, which is placed at the Rec Center. Among his numerous accomplishments, one of the biggest and most recent that he was able to enjoy, was the renaming of the Rec Center to the Lieutenant Colonel Clifton Recreational Center. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Iver was very involved in all of his children's activities, always there for their different events or accomplishments, as well as teaching them different aspects of life that he felt important. Iver was a man of many 'hats'- soldier, colonel, heavy equipment operator, farmer, parts man, mechanic, Shriner, friend, brother, husband, father and grandfather.


Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canada

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2017/10/12 - Creation
2020/11/07 - Last Revision


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Created by William Shepherd (Collections Officer, Swift Current Museum).
Maintenance is the responsibility of the Collections Officer, Swift Current Museum.

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