John Gerald MacIver Sr. - Obituary

John MacIver Sr.

John Gerald MacIver Sr.

Sept. 10, 1924 - Jan. 9, 2019

Self Taught Luthier of Violins

Our “Gumpa”

In sadness but with no regrets the family of John MacIver announces his passing at Littleton Regional Healthcare on Jan. 9, 2019, after being cared for at his home.

He was the first born of seven children to Murdock and Margaret (Morrison) MacIver in Marsboro, Que. Canada. In 1929 at the age of five he came to the United States with his parents where they settled in Littleton/Apthorp, N.H. As a young boy he made many memories and later in life reminisced of days with childhood friends and the elder generation that he interacted with so well.

He attended Apthorp and Littleton schools until his freshman year when he joined the work force during the depression to help the family. He later received his GED at 75 years. His teacher and friend Sr Carmen said he passed every subject with flying colors.

In March of 1943 John was inducted into the Army Air Force and stationed in Sioux Fall, S.D. where he trained for airplane engine mechanic and radio operator. He later transferred to Camp Lee in Virginia to attend QTR Master school for the cooks course. He was Honorably discharged in February of 1946 with rank of CPL, with the American Theater Campaign Ribbon and Victory Ribbon.

John married the love of his life Norma (Willey) MacIver in Littleton, N.H. on April 12, 1944. They settled in Littleton and raised five children. He remained in the same home that they bought in 1945 until his death.

John worked on the Wilder, Vt. Dam as a steam pipe fitter, he was a shoe cutter at many shoe factories in Littleton, Lisbon and Manchester, N.H. the C. & L. Construction & Mt. Builders in Waterville Valley,

Trahan Construction Co. of Littleton. His last place of employment before his retirement was for the Daughters of Charity in Littleton.

On Jan. 10, 1962 he was naturalized a U.S. citizen at the US Superior Court in Lebanon, N.H. He was very proud to become a citizen of the United States of America.

He later formed a band with his sons, John on fiddle and vocal, Glen on guitar and vocal. They entertained at many area events and homes within the local areas. Later he played with special friends at area senior centers. He loved his Scottish heritage and always had a tear in his eye when listening to the bagpipes.

John had a special twinkle in his blue eyes and had a mountain of kindness to share with others. Upon retirement he and his wife Norma traveled the U.S. and Canada, making friends along the way spending their winters in Yuma, Ariz.

This is the place that he took to the love of panning for gold. He loved reading history books of WWII and airplanes or just any book that happened to be near him. He loved fly fishing and spent many hours with family and friends camping and fishing. Fishing trips to Canada were a highlight of his life. His hobbies included repairing fiddles, caning chairs, refinishing and repairing furniture. He has now taken his many talents with him and leaves us with wonderful memories.

Last but not least everyone will remember “Gumpa’s Donut’s” that he generously shared with all.

He was predeceased by his father and mother Murdock and Margaret (Morrison) MacIver; his wife of 54 years, Norma (Willey) MacIver; son Timothy MacIver, son Glen MacIver; his brothers, Rodrick MacIver, Robert MacIver and half brother Angus MacIver; sisters, Marion (MacIver) Bryant and Rhoda (MacIver) Greenlaw.

John leaves behind son, Stephen MacIver and wife Linda of Littleton, a daughter Bonnie (MacIver) Trahan and husband Richard of Littleton, N.H. and son John MacIver and wife Sara of Littleton, N.H. and his daughter-in-law Carol MacIver.

Brother and sister (twins) Richard MacIver and wife Patrica of Calif. and Rebecca (MacIver) Lori of Massachusetts, 12 Grandchildren, 25 Great-Grandchildren and two Great-Great Grandchildren.

Close friend Juanita (Neen) Hubbard of Lisbon, N.H. And his much loved companion cat “Maura Mae.”

The family would like to acknowledge the many family and friends who stopped and visited with John over the past 8 months while he was at home lovingly being cared for by his daughter Bonnie.

Heartfelt thanks that made it possible for him to stay at home. The staff of Littleton Home Health and his case manager John Place, the staff of the Littleton Veterans Clinic and the regular morning gang at McDonald’s.

A special thank you to friends, Gary Young, Ron Stanley, Sr Carmen Blais, Paul Amey, nephew Wayne Golden and others too numerous to name.

John requested that no services be held but the family will hold a celebration of his life in the spring. We will announce the date at a later time.

Anyone wishing to make a donation in John’s memory may be made to the following or to a charity of one’s choice:

Grafton County Senior Citizens

P.O. Box 98

Littleton, NH 03561

Attn: Carole Zangla


VFW Post 816

600 Cottage St.

Littleton, NH 03561


Dalton Congregational Church

Dalton, NH 03598

Attn: Jean Abbott

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