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Victor Matthew Levson

August 22, 1956March 31, 2019

Victor Matthew Levson was born on August 22, 1956 and passed away on March 31, 2019 and is under the care of First Memorial Funeral Services.

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Blair Mattison

July 11, 2020

I was very sad to hear about Vic, especially since the news has come to me now, more than a year after his passing.

I was a graduate student at the U of A in Geology at the same time as Vic, part of that large cohort that surged the ranks of the department in the late 1980’s, many of whom went on to shape much of the progress of geology in this country over the last 35 years. I didn’t know Vic well at the time, not as much as some of Nat’s other students like Pete and Brent, but I remember sharing a few good stories and a couple pints around a table at the Power Plant with him. I remember him as always having a smile and plenty of good cheer. He was one of the good ones.

I last spoke with him in 2017, when I needed someone to independently review some plans for a proposed aggregate mine that my employer at the time was thinking of investing in. Vic was the perfect person for the job. He provided insightful and wise advice and, ultimately, helped my employer to avoid making a very poor investment decision. He was a joy to work with on this project.

While many of our professors from that time are now gone, Vic is the first one of those students I knew in my grad school days who have now passed. We were the same age. It drives home to me deeply how precious our time on this planet is and how we should treasure every moment.

My deepest condolences to Vic’s wife and children. Please know that your husband and father was very much admired and how many of us remember him with fondness.



Hannibal Preto

December 2, 2019

I too was a student of Vic’s at UVic around 2005. I knew very little of quaternary geology prior to taking his course. Vic’s teaching style, knowledge and easy-going nature all changed that. It became my favourite class in my entire undergrad and I will always have fond memories of him. The field trip he organized to the Channeled Scablands of Washington state was truly impressive and remarkable. Thank you Vic for opening my eyes to such a fascinating subject. I didn’t know him long, but I was struck by his honesty, humility and kindness. I was terribly sorry to hear of his passing and wish to send along my sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Rest In Peace Vic.

Jeremy Vincent

June 5, 2019

I am one of the many students who received their education in Quaternary Geology from Vic. In my case it was at the University of Victoria in the early 2000's. It was one of the best courses I took during my undergraduate studies. His affable nature and his ease communicating concepts and ideas to his students made learning fun and exciting.

I became aware of his passing just this morning and I am still in disbelief as I write this. I have nothing but fond memories of Vic, and reading many of the other messages here tells me that my life was not the only one touched by his presence.

My sincerest condolences go to the Levson family. He is missed and he will always be in the back of my mind whenever I find myself in the field admiring glacial features.

Rest peacefully, Vic.

Jordan Eamer

May 5, 2019

I was fortunate to have Vic as a professor both as a student and as a teaching assistant. His love of teaching shone through more than any other professor I've had. His enthusiasm and love for Quaternary geology was infectious, and is the reason I am in the career I am today. It would especially shine through on field trips... only Vic could bring a section to life the way he did. Years later, he would always be available for career advice, for discussions about interesting sections, or even just a quick hello. I'm saddened to know that he won't be there for those delightful interactions any more, but feel so fortunate that I had them for years. Thank you Vic.

Brent Ward

May 4, 2019

Dear Barb et al,

Really sorry to hear about Vic. And very sorry that I can not make the celebration of his life, I could not change my field plans. Vic had a major influence on my career and development as well as the Quaternary of Canada. He was my TA when as an undergrad I took an elective Glacial Geology course from Nat. Vic was a great, dedicated TA. The field project we did for that course out at the gravel pits of Villeneuve was one of the main reasons that I went into Quaternary. I still have the report we had to do with all Vic and Norm's comments on it. The fieldtrip we went on for the course was epic, it was a baptism of fire: he took us to a bunch of sections around Jasper; through thick forest, up and down steep slopes (Some of the students referred to it as a death march!); then up to the Athabasca Glacier, and we even went into an ice cave! Sure can not do that now, there is fencing all along the front of the glacier. But we all survived. Vic also TA'ed me when I took photogeology. I think that is when he told me I had an armour piercing voice. He was not wrong.

Vic has been around for much of my career, we spent a lot of time in the field and on field trips throughout BC and Yukon. We ended up doing our PhD’s with Nat at about the same time and we had great discussion about all things Quaternary, then, and through the rest of our careers. He was external examiners for some of my students, reviewed some of my papers and always gave me great insight, especially in the field. He was the consummate field geologist. It will be very strange to have a CANQUA and not have Vic there. He will certainly be missed!

Craig Churchill

April 23, 2019

I am saddened by the loss of Vic. He hired me one summer out of UBC for my first real geology job. I have fond memories of working with Vic that summer, going places on ATVs that weren’t meant for ATVs to travel, playing basketball with him and his kids during downtime. The world is a little bit less great with Vic gone. My deepest condolences to Barb and the kids❤️

Adrienne Jones

April 23, 2019

Our paths crossed professionally as we represented our respective provincial and territorial geological surveys at the regional and national level, and later on socially through mutual friends. He was a thoughtful and friendly face at the table, regardless of the occasion. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences to Vic's family and friends.

John Clague

April 23, 2019

Vic was taken away from us too soon. He was a leading geoscientist in the province and gave so much to the Quaternary community in Canada. Vic was a gentleman and had a wry sense of humour that always brought a smile to my face. I will miss him.

My condolences to his family.

Dan Meldrum

April 23, 2019

Vic was my boss, my mentor, my friend. He had a profound impact on my life. I worked with Vic at the BC Geological Survey. He was a great boss. He was always encouraging me - always appreciative of my efforts. He helped me sooooooooo much with edits on my MSc thesis. I'm not sure I would have finished without his help. Moreover, he was so devoted to his family. He would tell me about his family and I could hear the genuine pride in his voice. As a friend I knew that he would be there for me to lend a hand or just listen. I think of Vic as one of the best people I've ever met. I will miss him dearly. All my best to Barb and the kids I can't imagine your sorrow but know that many share it. The world is a better place because of him.

Stephen Cook

April 20, 2019

I first met Vic in 1991 when I joined the BC Geological Survey in Victoria. Vic had already been there for a couple of years, and we worked together throughout the central Interior of British Columbia during that decade. Later we spent some time working together in Nunavut. Vic was an exceptional scientist, a great friend and a thoroughly decent man. His all-too-early passing is a great loss to all who had the honour to know him. I offer my most sincere sympathies to Barb and the family during this time of loss.