September 25, 1921 – May 5, 2018
Irving Levine, 96, of Hillside Ave., Rehoboth, MA died at home on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was the husband of Bernice Harris Levine for the past 70 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Louis and Miriam (Jolt) Levine, he lived in Rehoboth,MA and the general Providence, RI area most of his adult life. Irving and Bernice also enjoyed spending time during the winter months at their home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Levine was a graduate of New Bedford High School and The University Of Pennsylvania with a BA in English.
Irving was the founder of The Copley Mutual Fund, which he launched in 1978 and managed until the time of his death. In July 2016, Levine & The Copley Fund won the Wall Street Journal’s Winner’s’ Circle Contest, which measures the best 12 month performance by a stock-fund manager-using the same approach to investing the $82.9 million of assets in Copley Fund. Irving was featured in the WSJ 7/4/2016 for this award.
Mr. Levine had been more likely to make the pages of his hometown newspaper, The Herald News Of Fall River, MA for his tennis prowess than for his involvement with investments. Irving was a top ranked tennis player both in New England and Nationally in his age group. His participation in tennis competition allowed he & his wife Bernice the opportunity to engage in world travel. He was inducted into The New England Tennis Hall Of Fame in 1998 for his contributions to the sport of tennis both on and off the court. Levine also excelled in table tennis where he was an intercollegiate champion while attending Univ. Of Penn.
Survivors include his widow, a brother Arthur Levine of West Orange , NJ & his 2 children; Stephanie Levine of Cambridge, MA & Laurence Levine of Bethesda, MD. Levine is also survived by his niece Louise J Guy, of S. Dartmouth, MA He was also the brother of the late Selma L. Guy of Dartmouth, MA. Irving was the brother in law of Nancy S. Harris & the brother in law of the late Harold J. Harris of Providence, RI.
His funeral will be held graveside on Thursday, May 10th at 11:30 am in Lincoln Park Cemetery, 1469 Post Road, Warwick, RI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brigham & Women’s Cardiology Dept. or a Tennis Association of your own choosing.
- Graveside Service Thursday, May 10, 2018
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May 12, 2018
The RI Table Tennis Association had the opportunity to reconnect with Irving in November 2017. Myself and Steve Hopkins had lunch with Irving and "toured" his trophy room! We spend an enjoyable afternoon reminiscing and hearing about the history of RI table tennis from an original, founding member! RITTA is an affiliate of the "Butterfly" table tennis company and Steve wrote this article which summarizes the visit and is a nice tribute to Irving.
We extend our condolences to the family.
Chuck Cavicchio, President RITTA
Dr, Robert Greene
May 10, 2018
God bless my close friend and buddy, Irving Levine. He was a first class gentleman and wonderful guy. Yet he was a tough competitor on the tennis court! Irv had an incredible number of victories , especially against players younger than he. One year he was ranked #3 in the U.S. 75's. Along with Mark Schwartz and myself, we called ourselves the "Soul Brothers" because of our enormous dislike of tennis error! Irving would NEVER beat himself on the court!
His wonderful family can indeed be proud of this great human being and fellow American.
May 8, 2018
I new Irving my whole life ! Irving was a friend of the family and played regularly in the 50's 60's and early 70's with my father and Norman Gendron of Swansea ,Massachusetts.
My earliest memories of Irving was when he visited us in Akron, Ohio in or around 1955. We had moved their as my dad worked as a tire designer for Firestone. We later moved back to Swansea and my dad resumed his weekly tennis matches with Irving !
What I learned from Irving was his ability to be an extremely tough tennis competitor . I embraced this myself and reached number 10 in the US MEN's Senior 60 RANKINGS JUST A FEW YEARS AGO.. A great deal of this was due to Irving and Dr James Loehr a world class sports psychologist. Irving had all the goodies of mental toughness and I recognized this in my relationship with him my whole life. In fact it did rub off ! AMEN !
He will be missed and he had a major attitude and very rarely if ever got rattled in fact I never saw him rattled period both on and off the court.. that says it all ! Nerves of steel and a fighting winning Spirit Amen ! Irving Amen !
~TOM MONAHAN ~
May 8, 2018
Irving and Bernice since 1996 have very generously given back to New England senior tennis by co-founding our Foundation, NESTF. Irv's passion to promote our beloved sport for physical and mental wellbeing will provide ongoing inspiration to our current and future Board volunteers. May he rest in peace.
May 8, 2018
I did not know Irving but I knew his niece and I know the esteem she felt for him. He was a man whose life touched many and he will be remembered. His was a life to be emulated. My deepest condolences.