Gilbert Levine

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  • "Dear Helen, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family...."
  • "Dear Tamara, I knew your dad only through you, and saw him..."
    - Robert Czerny
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    - Nancy Rosenberg
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    - Joan Gilroy
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    - Anne Lagace Dowson
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LEVINE, Gilbert February 3, 1924 - November 16, 2009 Died peacefully after a brief illness. Caring and steadfast husband to Helen Zivian Levine for 62 years, adored and proud father to Ruthie Tamara (Larry Katz) and Karen (Michael Enright), and devoted Zaide to Rachel and Daniel Levine Katz and Gabriel Enright Levine. Gil loved life. He fought long and hard to make the world a better place. He was a pioneer trade unionist and long-time research director of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). He was happiest when he was fighting for change, winning rights for workers, and organizing everybody. He loved Yiddishkeit, the woods, Canada, biking, winters in San Miguel, the CBC at its best, oral history, his maple tree at the Arboretum, playing Upwords, big band music, hootenannies, tennis and bad jokes. He mentored and befriended many, and brought people together in remarkable ways. His work, his passion for social justice, his humour and his caring will never be forgotten. Gil wanted to live forever. In all of us who loved him, he will. Our profound appreciation to the exceptional staff of 6 West at the General Campus of the Ottawa Hospital. If desired, donations in honour of Gil may be made to The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, The Canadian Jewish Outlook, or Breast Cancer Action Ottawa. Or... plan a hootenanny. A memorial is being planned. Online condolences can be made at
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2009
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