Honoured by Eileen M. Taylor.
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1917 of Canadian parents, Glad was brought up and educated in the Mimico area. He was the eldest of four boys. Always sports minded, he played hockey and lacrosse and spent his summer holidays as a caddy at local golf courses.
His interest in surveying was sparked by his father, Glad Senior, who was engaged in location and engineering surveys of electrical transmission lines throughout Ontario since the inception of Ontario Hydro until his retirement in 1960.
Glad Junior volunteered for the R.C.A.F. in 1941 and served during World War II as a navigator attached to R.A.F. Ferry Command, making numerous trans-ocean flights across the Atlantic to Britain, down into North Africa and across to India.
After completion of service in the R.C.A.F. in 1945, Glad returned and was employed at Ontario Hydro in the land survey section of the old Property Department headed by Harry Williams, O.L.S., to whom he was later articled in 1949. He received his commission as an Ontario Land Surveyor in 1953 and continued with Ontario Hydro until 1956, when he joined Neil Simpson in North Bay to form the partnership of Simpson and Taylor, Ontario Land Surveyors.
While employed on the “tunnel development” on the Mississauga River in 1947, he met and married the former Eileen Driver of Thessalon. The union was blessed with three sons and a daughter. Glad was a devoted family man and justifiably proud of his children, now all well respected citizens who reflect the many admirable qualities of both parents.
His death came suddenly as the result of a motor accident on December 14, 1981.
Glad, Eileen, Jim, Gerry, Judy and Doug all called North Bay home for many years. The children all attended local elementary schools and high schools and worked in the community as well. North Bay has been a great city to grow up in.