The Passing of Past President J. Alastair Cousland

It is with sadness that Club Management reports the passing of Past President J. Alastair Cousland.  Mr. Cousland was 85.



Alastair Cousland was born in Victoria and educated at Glenlyon School, Brentwood College, Victoria College and the University of British Columbia. He is a fourth generation Victorian, and third generation of the Union Club. After graduation he held several sales positions with major companies, ultimately being appointed Manager, Retail Market with a division of Westinghouse Canada in Montreal. He returned to British Columbia in 1974 as Manager of a wholesale gift and stationary company.

Returning to Victoria he formed a sales agency covering Vancouver Island until his retirement in 1991. His business and Community activities included Director of the Canadian Retail Grocers Association, Vice President of the Kerrisdale Community Centre and Chairman of the Kerrisdale Arena Committee. He became a Member of the Union Club in 1997 was elected to General Committee in 1999 and was responsible for Buildings and Grounds when the Fitness Centre, Roof Top Garden and ladies washroom were added during the Presidency of Walter Donald.

Progress but respect for tradition was the credo for Mr. Cousland resulting in new stained glass window and chandelier over the main stair case, opening up and refurbishing the lower north passage way, complete upgrade to the Club’s computer system and publication of the Club’s 125 Year History Book.

Alastair Cousland passed away April 12, 2017 at the age of 85.

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