I heard about Leejay's passing while I was working at a different summer camp this summer. I was in a cabin with Leejay for at least 4 or 5 years at Arowhon and I was deeply saddened to hear the news. Leejay was a great guy who always had a smile on his face. It's disappointing that I haven't seen him for a few years because Leejay lit up every room he entered. My condolences to the Levine family.
Michael – Toronto
September 18, 2007 - 20:50
Shirley, I just heard about this unfortunate turn of events from Lisa Folger. I remember you from a few years ago and how friendly you were and I feel very badly for you and, of course, your son. And I hope that you and your family find the strength to lead a happy life in spite of what has happened.
August 23, 2007 - 18:19
Subject: Leejay as my CIT
During my second year at Camp Arowhon. Leejay was one of my CIT's in Cabin 9. I always knew Leejay as a great guy who put smiles on all of our faces. I just wanted to say how great of a guy Leejay was and how we all miss him at camp.
Arlene Shousterman – Waterloo, ON
August 15, 2007 - 16:44
Subject: Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society Tribute
Dear Shifra, Ron, Casey & Eli,
We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Leejay. At the shelter we have been working to come up with a fitting tribute to honor the work and life of Leejay. Employees and the board of directors wanted to create a legacy in his honour that would convey his passion for helping the cats at the shelter and his desire to make a difference in their lives. We wanted to create a memorial that would live on and help give added meaning to Leejays' life and accomplishments.
Inspired by Leejay we have created the "K-W Humane Society Feline Enrichment Program".
The enriched living program will include "cat mats", a unique kind of carpet mat that is temporarily attached to the wall of their pod; this encourages them to play, and therefore leave their scent on the mat.
Once adopted, the cat mat goes along with the cat, providing them a familiar object to take to their new home, thereby easing the transition and reducing stress.
Also, cat toys to promote curiosity and activity, and blankets for warmth and comfort.
Most importantly it will insure the continuation of the volunteer program for the interaction of volunteers with the cats and kittens
We are in the process of having the plaques made and planning the dedication ceremony. Once a date has been established, it is our hope the friends and family will attend the dedication.
We will always remember Leejay. Leejay Levine made a difference here!
Your love and dedication as parents helped make Leejay the very special person he was!
Melissa Dennison – Kitchener
August 08, 2007 - 12:50
After reading this extraordinary tribute, it is apparent that Leejay touched the lives of an entire community, in life and in death. The courage and strength demonstrated by the Levene family is admirable. The generosity you have shown by providing this vehicle for sharing and healing is inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Ann Nettleton – Scotland, ON
August 08, 2007 - 12:07
Shirley and Ron,
After talking with you at the BBQ I did google Leejay and found this website. In reading the message and your reply to Dr. Plaxton please let me know if I can help in any way with the calendar you are planning. You are an amazing family - Shirley - I will give you a call this week. I think about you every day.
Reply to Ann Nettleton
Shirley Levene – Waterloo, On
August 09, 2007 - 20:05
Thanks, Ann !!!!! I adore you (I hope you know that). Leejay's artwork has been photographed. I was at the printer's today. I'll definitely keep you posted.
Barry McCarthy – Elora On.
August 03, 2007 - 16:32
Hi everyone. I still haven't got it out of my mind when Shirley called about Leejay. I did not hear of the event as I was travelling at the time. It has been 3 days now and it saddens me to think how it all happened and how it could have happened to anyone going in for a routine extraction. All 3 of my kids have gone through this procedure and how we think all is easy and safe. I think about this often as Leejay was a nice boy in my class whom I got to know in a very special way.
Leejay was such a nice, polite student and I enjoyed his company in my class at WCI. The Levene's were the first family (and only family) that I attended dinner at in their home in the 30 years I was a teacher. Leejay sat beside me and we shared an evening together meeting his parents, brothers and grandparents. We toured their home and art collection and checked out the boys creative space and their projects and special interests. I felt connected and privedged to experience such a rare ocassion.
My thoughts and blessing to the Levene's as they show great courage and fortitude that we all take as lessons in dealing with unfortunate trama.
Leejay's quiet nature and warm spirit will sadly be missed by all that knew him, especially his grade 11 art teacher. I feel privileged to have known him and his family.
Reply to Barry McCarthy
Shirley Levene – Waterloo, On
August 05, 2007 - 17:02
Hi Barry (Mr. McCarthy),
You were certainly a great inspiration to Leejay. He very much enjoyed your art classes at WCI. I know that you have retired from teaching and are painting full time. As you remember, we own one of your huge paintings which is hanging over our stairs. Leejay looked at it (as the rest of our family does) every time he came down the stairs. He felt privileged to have had you in his life. Please let's stay in touch.
Dr. Kathleen Knight – Waterloo
July 30, 2007 - 00:26
Subject: veterinarian sorry for your loss
I was very saddened to read of Leejay's death in the newspaper. You may not remember me, but at my previous clinic I was one of the veterinarians who treated Lola. I recall Leejay's involvement with the Humane Society and his love of animals, especially Lola. Please accept my sincere sympathy. My prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Dr. Kathleen Knight
Laurelwood veterinary Hospital
Dr. William Plaxton MD FRCPC MBA – Grand River Hospital Critical Care Medicine Program
July 28, 2007 - 15:32
I never knew Leejay in life.
I met this young man, instead, at a most difficult time - for he and his wonderful family and friends. During those trying days, our hospital staff and the Levene family spent much time together, and I believe together found unusual strength to cope through tragedy.
On behalf of myself, my Critical Care staff, and our entire hospital community, our deepest condolences go to Leejay's family and friends on the loss of this remarkable and gifted young man. We were and remain privileged to have cared for Leejay and the entire Levene family.
William R. Plaxton MD FRCPC MBA
Chief, Critical Care Medicine
Founder, Sapphire Healthgroup Inc.
Reply to Dr. William Plaxton MD FRCPC MBA
August 01, 2007 - 18:26
Thanks Dr Plaxton. I think about you every day, and tell everyone I see about the over-the-top care we received at Grand River's ICU. I am working on putting together Leejay's artwork for a calendar which I plan to use as a fundraiser to support the ICU at Grand River Hospital. I'll need a lot of help. Hope we can speak soon.
Wendy Strong – Abbotsford, B.C.
July 26, 2007 - 16:39
Subject: To the Levene Family
I am vacationing in B.C. and was shocked and terribly dismayed to hear from my family of the death of your wonderful son and brother. My daughter, Meg, and I send our most sincere condolences to you all. As Casey and Leejay's primary school teacher, I have nothing but warm and sweet memories of all the boys and their Mom and Dad. Leejay was much loved by his friends and classmates, and for every good reason. He will be sadly missed and dearly remembered by anyone who had the good fortune to know him.
Malia Mercer – Ottawa
July 26, 2007 - 01:24
Hi Eli and Casey,
I am very sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Leejay personally I wanted you to know that I am thinking of you and your family. If he was half of the person that you two are he would be an amazing brother, son and friend to all. My thoughts are with you through this difficult time.
megan – waterloo
July 24, 2007 - 18:11
i didn't know Leejay but i heard about him dying and i'm really sorry for your loss
it know how much it hurts to lose someone close and i know since i didn't know him it really doesn't mean that much, but i honestly hope you're all okay, it gets easier with time, i promise!
i wish you happy thoughts, and beautiful memories