Alan Seth Levine
September 15, 1937 – May 19, 2020
Alan Levine passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lucille Levine, his three daughters, Deborah Levine, Caren Mintz, and Jennifer Levine, his three grandchildren, Julia Mintz, Alexander Mintz, and James McWhirter. He is also survived by his brother Paul Levine and his wife Mary, his sister, Susan Lukin, and his two sons-in-law, Jonathan Mintz and Todd McWhirter.
Alan was born in 1937 to Joseph and Gussie Levine, of Flushing, New York, and was the oldest of the three children. Growing up, he was passionate about art, music and baseball, and was a loyal Mets fan. He spent many happy summers working as a counselor at Camp Ramaquois in Rockland County, NY. Alan met his wife Lucille at SUNY New Paltz College, where they were both studying education. After a short time serving in the U.S. Army, Alan and Lucille married in 1962. They settled in Rockland, began their teaching careers and started a family.
Alan was an artist, mentor, and teacher all of his life. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz and Pratt Institute of Art, and taught art and painting for nearly 40 years at Spring Valley High School. He was an immensely popular teacher, and inspired many students to explore their creative side and pursue degrees in the visual arts. After he retired, he focused on his artwork, and was a proud member of the Piermont Fine Arts gallery in Piermont, NY. He also exhibited at other venues in Rockland County, and his paintings hang in many homes, businesses and institutions around the world. A charitable person, Alan was always willing to donate paintings to county organizations when they had an auction or fund drive to raise money. For years he participated in local running races, enjoying the fitness and camaraderie of the events.
Alan was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who spent his free time with his family and painting in his studio, with classical music, bluegrass or the sounds of the Beatles in the background. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Due to the public health crisis, there will be a small graveside funeral for family only. A Celebration of Life event will be held when we are able to safely gather.
In lieu of food or flowers, donations can be made in Alan’s name to the following organizations:
People to People Food Pantry
Rockland Center for the Arts
Meals on Wheels, Rockland County
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Alan Seth Levine
May 27, 2020
Dear Lucille, Deborah, Caren and Jennifer,
It was with shock and sadness that I learned of Alan's passing. He was a gentle, positive and peaceful presence both in and out of the classroom over 30 plus years. I immensely enjoyed working with him. I will miss him, and toast him with a Dewar's on the rocks.
My deepest condolences,
May 25, 2020
Hands down, my favorite classes in high school were Mr. Levine’s! I was there every free period, painting! He helped me put together a portfolio for college. I can picture him in his white coat with his big smile. Loved the privilege of that type of art class - it helped me pursue a minor in visual arts and supported my love of painting.
May 24, 2020
Mr.Levine had a kind & giving heart. He challenged his students to try new things & opened their minds to the beauty in the world.
He encouraged me to help others & share my gifts. He was a true treasure to SVHS. He touched so many lives, in so many ways. His legacy will live on forever through the continuing beauty created by all who knew him. It was an honor to be taught by him.
Valerie Morelli class of 1984.
May 23, 2020
I owned a pizza-restaurant in Airmont that Alan frequented, some weeks 2-3 times. He would come early so he could have his glass of red wine and talk with the staff. He was extremely generous to the waitress. I’m proud to have on my wall a Alan Levine original painting in my home. A kind and generous man with an infectious smile. My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
May 23, 2020
Mr. Levine was one of my favorite teachers. He was a wonderful teacher and man.
May 22, 2020
The Piermont Fine Arts Gallery And I will miss Alan’s smile, generosity and most of all his creativity and wonderful artworks.
He was a great friend to the arts and the artists and made this world a more beautiful place. Our condolences to Lucille and the family.
Marlene Bader (Conley)
May 21, 2020
I had Mr. Levine for Art Class many, many years ago and truly remember loving his class!! He was a wonderful person and teacher!!I am 71 years old , but still remember him!! I am so sorry for your loss, but know he will always be remembered by so many who had him for a teacher. RIP Mr.Levine.
Darlene Knapp ( Murray)
May 21, 2020
Mr Levine was my true inspiration in high school. His love for painting inspired me to get an art degree. I spent many many hours in his room taking painting classes and doing independent study. He will be missed !!!
Elisa Dixon (Blankfort)
May 21, 2020
I am so so sorry to hear of Alans passing! I have such wonderful memories of Alan and your family as a child growing up! He was also such an amazing painting teacher, i learned so much from him in high school!
Sending you all stregnth, love and light!
Love always, Elisa