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After a long and wonderful life Norman Levitt passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 13 in Hamilton in his 97th year. A devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He leaves behind his beloved and devoted wife Blanche of close to 62 years and his loving and devoted children Howard and Pamela (Ritchie), Fern and Arnie, Shelley and Marty and Stephen and Denise. He was the deeply loved Zaidy of Bonnie, Joshua, Dayna, Allie, Shayna, Samantha, Farah, Benjamin, Zachary, Aedan, Wren and Alessandra. He is survived by his brother Leslie and Doreen Levitt and predeceased by his parents Michael and Mildred Levitt and by his sisters and brothers Esther and Art Rosenblood, Jack and Ruth Levitt, Bunny and Sol Borovoy and Edie and Nate Feldman. He was a World War Two Veteran where he served overseas with distinction with the Royal Canadian Air Force. A businessman and community leader, he served as President and Board Member of many of Hamilton's leading philanthropic and community organizations: He was President of Jewish National Fund Ontario Region, Viceroy- Redding Lodge of B'nai Brith and Hamilton Olympic Club. He was Vice President of Hamilton Jewish Welfare Fund and served on the Board of Governors for Beth Jacob Synagogue, Beverely Golf and Country Club, Rotary Club of Hamilton, the Hamilton Tiger Cats and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. He was also a Co-Honouree along with his wife, Blanche Levitt, of the Negev dinner award of Hamilton. He was a remarkable man and will be sorely missed. We would like to acknowledge with appreciation the care that he received while he was at Shalom Village. Shiva will take place in Toronto at 195 Sandringham Drive from Tuesday evening, July 16 until Sunday evening, July 21, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. each evening (except during the Sabbath). The family requests that donations be sent to the following charities: Shalom Village, Jewish National Fund and the Hamilton District Society for Disabled Children.
Published in National Post on July 17, 2013