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Time Traveller: This Canadian basketball champion also served in the Second World War

After the war Al Beaton was hired to develop, and later manage, Grouse Mountain Resorts

Here is a photo of Al Beaton (left) taken ca. 1942, most likely at the Gordon Head Army Camp in Victoria, where he trained for service in the Second World War. During the war Beaton served as a lithographer for the 1 Cdn. Field Survey Coy., RCE. Beaton also played basketball for the Vancouver Westerns, 1938 Canadian champions.

After the war he was hired to develop, and later manage, Grouse Mountain Resorts. There he was instrumental in building The Village Chair and the first aerial tramway to the top of the mountain.

He married Canadian champion skier Gertie Wepsala in 1942, and died in 2006 in West Vancouver.

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