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22nd December 2016, 17:08

Momy Levy, Gibraltar's first civic mayor, dies aged 80

One of Gibraltar’s best known personalities has passed away. Estate agent and former Mayor, Solomon ‘Momy’ Levy, has died at the age of 80. A member of the Jewish community, Momy Levy was Gibraltar’s first civic Mayor, the first Jewish soldier in the Gibraltar Defence Force, and a staunch defender of the Rock.

Momy Levy was born in 1936, growing up during the war years, when he was evacuated first to Casablanca and then Madeira, where he spent five years. During his time as Mayor, Momy Levy always said one of his proudest moments was presiding over the twinning between Gibraltar and Madeira.

A member of the Jewish community, Momy Levy was the nephew of the late Sir Joshua Hassan. He served eighteen years with the Gibraltar Defence Force, becoming the unit’s first Jewish soldier. He set up his own estate agency in 1960. Momy was well loved for his many idiosyncracies: his collection of caricatures and model soldiers, his smart waistcoats, bow ties and pin-striped suits, and his devotion to all things Royal and British. He was also a strong advocate of unity among the different cultures and religions on the Rock.

Momy Levy held many public positions in his time: among them, Justice of the Peace, chairman of the Jewish Community Association, and member of the Music Centre Trust.

His last public function was Remembrance Sunday, where he represented the Royal British Legion as the President of the Gibraltar Branch. Earlier this year, Momy Levy celebrated his 80th birthday among family and friends. In his address, his brother James Levy said Momy’s three loves were God, family and Gibraltar. Our condolences to his widow Sarah and his son, daughters and grandchildren.