Deputy Mayor John Levi passed away yesterday after falling ill while vacationing in Florida.
In a statement this morning Mayor Christa Lowry said, “Council and staff are shocked and saddened by Deputy Mayor Levi’s untimely passing. We are keeping Helen and the entire Levi family in our thoughts and prayers during this solemn time.” She said that a book of condolences will be available at the Municipal Office as of Tuesday for the public to sign, and will be shared with the family.
All flags at municipal buildings have been lowered in Mr. Levi’s honour and will remain lowered until sunset on the day of his funeral. Final funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Mr. Levi was elected Deputy Mayor in October 2018 with a total of 2,985 votes. He served as a Municipal Councillor and then Mayor of Mississippi Mills in previous administrations.
He was the owner of Levi Home Hardware for 28 years, and previously was Corporate Quality Engineering Director in the Canadian division of Lockheed Aircraft for ten years.
Mr. Levi was a longtime supporter and sponsor of many local teams and charities, and served as a director on many local boards including the Mississippi River Power Corporation, Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce, ACDC, Almonte Credit Union, Almonte Minor Hockey and Ringette Associations, and the Almonte Baptist Church.
He was previously Chairman of the Business Improvement Association, and served as President and 30-year member of the Almonte Civitan Club.