Ferdinand (Fernie) Glass was born in Ingebrigt, Saskatchewan on November 16, 1918. He was raised on the family homestead and attended the local rural school until the age of 14. He worked as a farm hand until 1942, when he enlisted with the Canadian Army, serving as a tank instructor during World War II. After the war, he resumed farming near Fox Valley, Saskatchewan until 1948, when he began his career as a post master in Fox Valley and subsequently in the towns of Raymond and Coaldale, Alberta. He married Irma Mutschler in 1950 and together they raised five children: Lorne, Yvonne, Byron, Neil and Scott. Fernie retired in Lethbridge with Irma in 1983 and resided there until his death on February 13, 1988.