A. Thomas Alsbury

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A. Thomas Alsbury
29th Mayor of Vancouver
In office
Preceded byFrederick Hume
Succeeded byWilliam Rathie
Personal details
Albert Thomas Alsbury

1904 (1904)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Died21 July 1990(1990-07-21) (aged 85–86)
Political partyNon-Partisan Association
Tommy Alsbury
Personal information
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Vancouver St. Saviours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Albert Thomas Alsbury (1904 – 21 July 1990) was the 29th mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia from 1959 to 1962. He was formerly a Canadian soccer goalkeeper in the Pacific Coast League from the 1920s through to the early 1940s.[1]

Alsbury was born in Edinburgh, Scotland after which he moved to Vancouver in 1907. He studied education at the University of British Columbia, where he received a degree.[2] He was later a vice-principal at Grandview High School of Commerce in Vancouver, before the school and himself were relocated to Vancouver Technical Secondary School.[3]

Alsbury defeated Frederick Hume by 11,000 votes to become mayor. He left this office after 1962 and then worked for the University of British Columbia, although by that time his policies led to the loss of support from the Non-Partisan Association.[4]

As Mayor in 1959, Alsbury helped kick off the new Pacific Coast Soccer League season at Callister Park.[5]

He formed the senior citizen advocacy group Pensioners for Action Now in 1972.[2]


  1. ^ Canada Soccer (2017). "The Connaught Series". Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b Canadian Press (23 July 1990). "Ex-Vancouver mayor formed senior's group". The Globe and Mail. p. D11.
  3. ^ "Grandview High to Be Closed Down". The Vancouver Sun. 7 March 1950. p.15
  4. ^ Mackie, John (30 November 2002). "The mayors of Vancouver". The Vancouver Sun. p. B4.
  5. ^ Al Sheehan (20 April 1959). "Soccer opener". Google. Retrieved 1 December 2018.

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