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George Alford Grant

Recipient of Gold Key Award (January 1955)

Freemen - George Alford Grant

George Grant was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on June 22, 1877. Having decided quite early that the field of law would be his life’s profession, he began an apprenticeship with a legal firm when he was only 16.

In 1907 George married Alice Taylor and three years later decided to travel to Canada where he gained employment in Vancouver with Mr. G.H. Cowan, KC. By 1912, he had brought his family to join him in Canada and they eventually settled in Burnaby. After working for Mr. Cowan for a number of years, George went on to establish his own firm of Grant and MacDougal, the firm that would be responsible for handling the legal affairs of the company which built both Grouse Mountain Chalet and the road to Grouse Mountain from Lynne Valley.

During World War One, George served in the 11th Irish Fusiliers of Vancouver, attaining the rank of Captain. His overseas posting ended when he was hospitalized in December of 1917. Upon returning to Burnaby, George would go on to have a long and distinguished career, serving for over 43 years holding both official and unofficial offices in Burnaby – a record of service that would eventually result in him receiving not only local recognition but also the Order of the British Empire.

Between 1921 and 1931, George sat on the Burnaby School Board and also served as the Municipal Solicitor in the 1930s. He was president of the South Burnaby Board of Trade in 1937 and 1938 and a Burnaby Police Magistrate for 13 years until 1954. During this time he was recognized for his patience and fairness and the BC Borstal Association benefited from his active interest for many years.

Despite his busy work schedule, George still found time for political activities, serving as chairman of the West Burnaby Liberal Association from 1925 to 1938 and heading the New Westminster Federal Riding Association in 1938.

The culmination of over 40 years of outstanding service to his community took place in January 1955 when George was presented with the Gold Key award by the Municipality of Burnaby. Family, friends, municipal officers and members of the community all gathered into the Burnaby courtroom to pay tribute to the man who had dedicated countless hours and effort to improving his community in so many ways.

George Grant died on April 30, 1964.

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