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Michael BA, PhD. Levison

LEVISON, Michael BA, PhD. - Dr. Michael Levison BA PhD Professor Emeritus, Queens University, born July 22nd 1937, passed away peacefully on March 6th 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. His wife, Ann has lost her loving best friend, gardening, ballroom dancing, travel and pun partner. He will be greatly missed by his children Mark (Doris), Karen and Sharon, who were privileged to have such a loving father, along with his grandchildren Annick, Clarice, Kaleb and Kieran. Michael moved to Kingston, Canada, with his wife and children, to join the Computer Science Department at Queen’s University in 1970 where he was the head of the department from 1987 -1990. Along with many research papers, he worked with partners to publish books including Introduction to Computer Science 1968, The Settlement of Polynesia 1973 and The Semantic Representation of Natural Languages 2013. With his partner Greg Lessard, he created the Program Vinci. In 2005, Michael was awarded the IBM Pioneer of Computer Science. He continued his work until shortly before his death. Michael’s other passions included gardening and downhill skiing which he was able to do until January this year. He was presented the Silver Fir Ontario Horticultural Award in 2011 for outstanding service to horticulture. Michael also volunteered as religious leader for 17 years at Congregation Iyr Ha Melech. He guided many children through their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and performed other religious duties. A celebration of Michael’s Life will be held at the Queen’s University Club, Stuart Street, on Sunday March 24th, from 2pm to 5 pm. In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to the cause of your choice. Condolences/Tributes/Donations HULSE, PLAYFAIR & MCGARRY www.hpmcgarry.ca 613-728-1761 13330079
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My condolences
Posted by Peter Jardine (son of friend) On Friday, March 22, 2019
My father, Don Jardine, spoke often of Michael, and respected his knowledge of Judaism, which they discussed many times. My condolences to your family... Dad and Michael will perhaps overhaul the mainframe of heaven together. ;)
Sincere condolences
Posted by Ted, Mavis, Tod & Jodi Walton (Friends and long time neighbours) On Tuesday, March 19, 2019
We wish to extend our sympathies to Ann, Mark, Karen and Sharon and their families in the recent passing of Michael. We enjoyed many years as great neighbours and have lovely memories of their friendship. Passionate gardener, Michael gave me a beautiful gardening book, which I treasure to this day. A year or so ago we enjoyed a lovely spontaneous dinner together where we renewed our friendship since we had moved away from Glengarry Rd. Thinking of you, Ted, Mavis , Tod and Jodi ??
Sincere condolences
Posted by Ted, Mavis, Tod & Jodi Walton (Friends and long time neighbours) On Tuesday, March 19, 2019
We wish to extend our sympathies to Ann, Mark, Karen and Sharon and their families in the recent passing of Michael. We enjoyed many years as great neighbours and have lovely memories of their friendship. Passionate gardener, Michael gave me a beautiful gardening book, which I treasure to this day. A year or so ago we enjoyed a lovely spontaneous dinner together where we renewed our friendship since we had moved away from Glengarry Rd. Thinking of you, Ted, Mavis , Tod and Jodi ??
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Posted by Gloria Pivnick (Friend) On Thursday, March 14, 2019
Our thoughts are with you Ann and your family at this sad time.

Sending love

The Pivnick’s

My heartfelt condolences
Posted by Annette Weisberg (friend) On Thursday, March 14, 2019
Dear Levison Family,

I am so sorry to read about your loss. How well I remember the early years

of Iyr Hamelech , our Friday night services, Our celebrations of the Jewish Holidays. None of us had family in town, so we became family to each other.

Little did I know then, Joshua would end up a rabbi in Jerusalem!

best wishes, Annette


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