|James Glover | People from Stoke-on-Trent|
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|1913||James Glover born in Dublin.|
|1936||Graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with honours in economics and English.|
|1940||He joined the Royal Artillery as a field gunner.|
|1942||James Glover became a lieutenant in 1942 in the anti-Aircraft Command Regiment - serving on the Western Front.|
|1945||He married his wife Doreen at Endon in 1945, and they moved to Nigeria where Mr Glover was working with the Colonial Service near Lagos.|
|1949||Returned to England - Mr Glover became editor of a trade magazine in London. Later that year he joined the distribution division of a firm of management and industrial consultants.|
|1950||The couple moved back to Doreen’s home village of Endon.|
|1950||In March was appointed as secretary of the Chamber of Commerce.|
|1957||Their daughter Louise was born.|
|1962||James was sworn in as a magistrate for Endon, a post he held until his retirement from the chamber in 1980.|
|1971||He awarded the MBE in 1971 for his services to export|
|2001||Glover died on Friday, December 21, at the City General Hospital, following a chest infection. He was 88.|
|2002||Funeral will be held on Thursday, January 3, at St Luke's Church in Endon.|
James Glover, Business leader and JP
JAMES Glover, who was, described in a Sentinel article in 1980 as an “elder statesman of the Potteries”, was born in Dublin in 1913.
A former JP and director of North Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he had studied at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with honours in economics and English.
During his time at university he was a member of several debating societies, and became president of the Commerce and Economics Society. He also played rugby, rowed and boxed for Trinity. After his graduation in 1936 he travelled extensively around Europe, returning home on the out-break of the Second World War. He joined the Royal Artillery as a field gunner in 1940 and later transferred to the Anti-Aircraft Command Regiment. He became a lieutenant in 1942 serving on the Western Front.
Mr Glover met his wife Doreen in 1943. She was working as a Wren with Combined Operations, and was one of the few people who knew the date of the Normandy landings. They married at Endon in 1945, and moved to Nigeria where Mr Glover was working with the Colonial Service near Lagos, serving with the Department of Commerce and Industries.
They stayed there for three years, and on their return in 1949 Mr Glover became editor of a trade magazine in London. Later that year he joined the distribution division of a firm of management and industrial consultants.
The couple moved back to Doreen’s home village of Endon in 1950 and their daughter Louise was born in 1957. The family never moved away from Endon, and Mr Glover fell in love with Stoke-on-Trent and the people he met there. On his arrival in the Potteries he became involved in the Chamber of Commerce, taking over as secretary in March 1950. He eventually became director of the chamber, and travelled around the world promoting North Staffordshire’s industries.
In 1962 he was sworn in as a magistrate for Endon, a post he held until his retirement from the chamber in 1980.
He was thrilled to be awarded the MBE in 1971 for his services to export, having spent the preceding 20 years expanding and developing the scope of the chamber’s work at home and abroad. Under his leadership . the chamber sponsored trade missions to major export markets, bringing in millions of pounds.
After his retirement from the chamber he continued to act a consultant and helped with publicity for the Tableware Distributors’ Association. Mr Glover was a keen reader, and particularly enjoyed the novels of John le Carré. He also enjoyed the works of Irish authors and never lost his great affection for Ireland.
His love of the English language extended to writing, and he often contributed features on trade and industry to the Evening Sentinel. .
His family believed that he was a frustrated novelist with a great work inside him, and although he never wrote his book he was fond of entertaining guests with after-dinner speeches. He died peacefully on Friday, December 21, at the City General Hospital, following a chest infection. He was 88. The funeral will be held at 3pm on Thursday, January 3, at St Luke's Church in Endon.
Sentinel Sunday, newspaper. December 30 2001