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Queen’s remembers Maggie McIver

The Queen’s community is remembering Margaret (Maggie) McIver, a reference assistant in the Queen’s University Library. She died on Dec. 4 at the age of 57 after a period of illness.

McIver, who began at Queen’s Library in 2011, worked in several library locations, including Bracken Health Sciences Library and the Education Library. She was a much-loved member of the library team, and will be deeply missed. An accomplished musician, McIver was a talented snare drummer who played with various pipe bands. She also played the fiddle, had a degree in fine art, and loved to draw and paint.

“Maggie was a very conscientious person who wanted to be sure she was learning and doing all she could to help co-workers and library users,” says Sarah Wickett, Interim Head of Bracken Health Sciences Library and one of McIver’s supervisors. “She had a calm, kind presence. During breaks and lunches Maggie could sometimes be heard practising her drumming in our mail room. She spoke often of her family and I loved talking with her about the joys and journey of parenting.”

McIver was predeceased by her father, George, and her sister, Sue. She is survived by mother, Elizabeth Staveley, stepfather Bob Staveley, husband Ross, and their three children Susan, Alasdair and Islay, sisters Martha and Sheila and their families, mother-in-law Molly Brown, brother-in-law Scott Brown and his family, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 am at First Christian Reformed Church, 310 Kingscourt Ave., Kingston.

family obituary is available online and a remembrance article is available on the pipes|drums website.