Norman LEVI
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LEVI, Norman
February 25, 1927 - December 25, 2015
Born in Birmingham, England, Norman joined the British army at 16. He was with the British Forces liberating Bergen Belsen concentration camp in 1945, in India during the partition in 1947, and in the Israeli War of Independence in 1948. Norman returned to Israel in 1950 meeting his future wife Gloria. In 1968 Norman was elected as an MLA. Norman was re-elected in August 1972. He served as Minister of Rehabilitation and Social Improvement and was also responsible for Indian Affairs. As a cabinet minister he decentralized power through the creation of Community Resource Boards. He brought in Pharmacare, Mincome supplement for elderly and people with disabilities, increased welfare rates, expanded community based juvenile services and day care services. He was the first politician in B.C. to arrange for settlement and restitution for cut-off Indian lands. After retiring, he lived in Victoria with partner, Beth Macdonald. He ran a B&B, researched, wrote and travelled widely. Norm was predeceased by his daughter Alisa (Tim Bowman) and is survived by Dani Mate (George), Tamar Levi-Bandel (Gabriel), David Levi (Daphne), Wayne Levi (Judy), 12 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren. Norm will be fondly remembered by Beth's family. He will be missed by his coffee buddies: Peter, John and John. Beth and the family would like to thank Dr. Russell Houston, the community nurses & the palliative team for the warm and compassionate care. A Celebration of Life will be held, Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. Inn at Laurel Point 680 Montreal St. Victoria, BC.

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Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2016.
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February 25, 2016
I was an opposition MLA for the period that Norm was a minister and had great respect for his understanding of how our work in the Legislature could affect individuals--for good or ill. I remember bringing to his attention the case of a young woman who was caught in the proverbial cracks of the social services system. Norm immediately asked that I bring her to his office, and he personally straightened out the problem she faced. What could be done for people was Norm's yardstick of success.

The family has my sympathy for their sad loss.

David Anderson
David Anderson
February 19, 2016
I'm very sad to learn of Norm's passing, he was a person who believed strongly in many progressive issues, some of which were not always popular, but he was prepared to fight for them. He liked to challenge people and make them accountable for their beliefs.
My heartfelt condolences to Beth and his family.
Gloria Williams
February 17, 2016
The Members of the BRITISH COLUMBIA GOVERNMENT RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION wish to extend condolences to the family and friends of Norman Levi for their loss
February 14, 2016
Enormous contributions to society in an extraordinary life. Minister in the best government this province and maybe this country ever had. Thank you.
dave nonen
February 13, 2016
Norman was a leading member of the most progressive government in the history of British Columbia. Among his many accomplishments in just three years was creation of the BC Alcohol and Drug Commission. It was another first in BC: a major effort to analyze, rationalize, and broaden the entire field of treatment -- and to embed it in the community.

40 years ago Norman was pioneering work in an extremely difficult field, and doing it against a headwind of cynicism and boredom. With the strongest support from Dave Barrett, he very nearly succeeded in changing the entire arena. Naturally, the successor government shut it down, and BC went back to the dark ages.

Norman Levi had tremendous energy, courage, and generosity. Norm was an ornament to our province and our people.
Charles Barber
February 13, 2016
Sorry to hear of Norman's passing. A man that will be remembered. Rest In peace friend.

Carolyn and Brian,
Carolyn Jerome
February 12, 2016
Dearest Family of Norm Levi,
I am sorry to hear of Norm's passing. My mother's name was Ethel Barker (nee Fitchett) and was in gratitude to Norm. My Uncle Leonard Fitchett joined the IDF after WW 11. He was shot down and killed over Arab territory in 1947. Norm and his ground patrol went in for a rescue attempt. My mother spoke with the greatest of gratitude and respect as she told us this story. Mom passed away two years ago but never forgot this story of a very brave rescue attempt by Norm in Israel in 1947.
I am the youngest daughter of Ethel Barker and I will never forget this story.
May the ones before us help us find courage to make our lives a blessing.
Kind regards,
Helena Barker
Helena Barker
February 11, 2016
Just the nicest and most fun person you could ever meet. I was so lucky to be able to hang out with the Levi family when I was growing up.
February 11, 2016
Dani and Family,
Please accept our condolences on passing of your father.
Rahmat Vefghi
February 10, 2016
We miss our beloved Uncle Norman a lot.

I *loved* listening to his stories and I always wanted to hear his thoughts on the politics of the day.

It was an honour for our little family to be a tiny part of his Grand Life.
Jason Goode
February 10, 2016
We remember Norm as one of the most progressive MLA's of the 20th century. A great number of people owe their well being to Norm. A kind man who believed the CCF-NDP values "What I desire for myself, I wish of all"
It was a joy working with him. Rest in peace dear friend.
Arvena Tokarek
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