Retired Lt.-Colonel Ivor Rich was Promoted to Glory on Wednesday, 11 June 2014 from Cottingham Hospice House in Salem, South Carolina, USA. Among Lt.-Col. Rich’s many appointments through his distinguished career as a Salvation Army officer was a term as Territorial Secretary for Business Administration in the Canada and Bermuda Territory from September 1987 through August 1990. During this time he also served as executive officer of the Canadian Staff Band. He traveled with the band to the 1990International Congress, led by General Eva Burrows, in London, England. This trip also included the Staff Band’s most recent full tour of Britain.
A treasured and beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, Lt. Col. Rich was a faithful and loyal son of the Salvation Army, serving in many leadership roles in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In England, he led the founding of the Salvation Army Trading Company in 1991, which became the nation’s largest and most profitable clothing collection and distribution enterprise, providing crucial revenue for the Salvation Army’s mission.
He and his wife, Elaine, retired in 2000 as the divisional commanders of the Salvation Army’s Southern New England Division. In retirement, Lt.-Col. Rich was appointed to lead the Green Group of five radio stations and the NBC-affiliated television station in Atlantic City, NJ and served on the boards of the Green Family Foundation, the Clemson United Methodist Church and the Keowee Key Property Owner’s Association.
Lt.-Col. Rich is survived and will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Elaine (nee Simington); his three children, Jonathan, David and Terry Lynne (Neville); his sister, Joy Swaddling; and four grandchildren.