|He lived for his family, country|
|Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:27|
June 5, 2012 was a very sad day for the family of Sam Levy as we put to rest a loving husband, beloved father of four and grandfather of seven.
Sam Levy was born in Kwekwe on October 9, 1929.
Sam Levy was a very principled man, tough but fair. He had a very strong sense of right and wrong.
He was a generous man. He gave without asking, and never asked for a thank you, or expected something in return. His reward and pleasure was to see those around him enjoy what he gave.
Whether a prominent business person, a Government official, the guy who cut the lawn or a stranger that he had never met before, he was always approachable, receptive and had time for you. He touched so many lives that way. He gave advice to anyone, and listened with patience and attentiveness. He had the ability to put himself in your shoes and see things clearly.
One thing Sam Levy was known for was his ability to see things that others didn’t see. His insight and understanding were so vast that there was nothing he could not help you with. As long as you “put him in the picture” he was able to step into your shoes and “sort it out”.
In times of need, he was always the first to phone and always the first one to take action.
If they needed strength, he was supportive. If someone was nervous, he gave them courage. If someone was stumped, he gave them a strategy.
Sam was a very wise man. Not only because of his vast experience in life and business, but because he had the ability to sit back and evaluate things, break them down into simple elements, and be objective.
He was known to say, “If you have a problem, come to me”, and he was always there as he said he would be.
His tenacity was obvious in everything he did and he never gave up on anything or anyone. He was a very logical and practical man. He simplified the most complicated situations and made them easy to follow. If it could be done, it would be done, and it would be done right. He looked at obstacles as challenges, solved them and moved forward. He also knew when “enough is enough”.
Sam was a very positive man. He “took the bull by the horns” and carried on. He was always optimistic and gave people hope. He made daunting situations approachable and was happy to lead through anything. No matter what happened, he always moved forward with a positive attitude, and it was infectious. He made all those around him feel safe and secure.
The businessman was a passionate man in everything he did. He loved every project, and he immersed himself into it and saw it through to fulfil it into the dream he wanted it to be. He loved deeply and fought fiercely. There was nothing he ever did that did not get everything right from his heart.
The mogul can be credited with many astute initiatives, from creating supermarkets to better serve customers at cheaper prices, despite the resistance he got in doing so, to introducing a new breed of cattle to Zimbabwe, and creating a shopping centre which had something for everyone.
Most of all, he loved his country, his home. Everything he did in his life he did in the place he loved the most. Despite the challenges and the changing environments he persevered. When people were giving up, he invested more.
He created a legacy in this country for the country. He made it very clear that he was a part of the team to carry this country forward, and he did so proudly and loudly.
It was called “Sam Levy’s Village” for a reason. He wanted his legacy to be there for the people and he was proud to be a part of it, and wanted it to continue even after his death.
When he got sick, as soon as he was able to travel, he wanted to come home. He asked the doctors every week, “When can I go home to Zimbabwe?” and as soon as he was well enough to travel, he came home.
As he would always say when he was making a point or conclusion, “at the end of the day” he was a great man, an inspiration to us all.
From the Levy family, we are proud to be his family. We will continue to have him live through us with everything he stood for. We as his family, and we as his country lost a pillar, but it’s a pillar which will remind us everyday that he is still with us.