JUST RECENTLY….

THAT MILLION DOLLAR SMILE. THAT FIRM,, BUT OH-SO-GENTLE HANDSHAKE. THOSE FIRST WORDS HE SAID WITH SUCH ENTHUSIASM AND FRIENDSHIP.  AND THAT COMPETIVNESS, WHEN HE NEEDED IT, THAT MADE HIM WHO HE WAS. A MOST DEFINING CHARACTERISTIC. 

INDEED, THERE ARE COUNTLESS OTHER PEOPLE WHO KNEW JIM DON LEVY LONGER AND BETTER THAN I  DID. THEY ARE MORE EQUIPPED TO WRITE A PIECE ON MR. DON LEVY, WHO PASSED AWAY FROM CANCER ON THE WEEKEND. HE WAS 82.  MR. DON LEVY WAS A FIXTURE IN ATHLETICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA. HE COACHED THE FOOTBALL GOLDEN BEARS, AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE U OF A IN EDUCATION. HE ALSO WORKED  FOR THE WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE,  HELPING PLAYERS FIND EDUCATION AFTER THEIR JUNIOR HOCKEY CAREER.

I KNEW JIM FOR A FEW DECADES. HE WAS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE YOU WERE HAPPY TO KNOW. HE HAD GRACE AND CLASS. HE MADE EVERYONE AROUND HIM BETTER. EVEN IF IT WAS A TWO-MINUTE VISIT. I AM GOING TO MISS THAT. MR. DON LEVY. 

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