Mystic - Lawrence Levine of Stoneridge in Mystic, formerly of Waterford, passed away quietly at home, on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
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Larry was the widower of Sandy (Cohen) Levine, who died in Sept. 2012. He was born on Dec. 6, 1929, in New London, the fifth and youngest child of Isadore and Ada (Reiner) Levine. He attended public schools in New London and was a proud graduate of Chapman Technical High School. After a short enlistment in the Air Force, he returned to Connecticut. He married Sandy in 1954. Working his way through college in part by selling Good Humor ice cream, he graduated from the University of Connecticut and they started their family.
With many dedicated colleagues, Larry taught children at Clark Lane Junior High School in Waterford for 27 years as part of the social studies faculty, the latter years as department head. He founded and led the Waterford Federation of Classroom Teachers from its inception until his retirement.
Larry was a businessman, owning and operating Rapid Car Wash and other businesses in the area. He was very active in local Democratic politics serving Waterford on the Board of Education, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Tax Review and the Town Committee. For many years, Larry was a Justice of the Peace, celebrating many couples' weddings.
Larry was predeceased by his wife of 58 years; and his four siblings, Arthur, Henry and Robert Levine and Dolly Eckstadt.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Barry Levine, Anne Jerome, Noah and Linda Levine, all of New London, Seth Levine of Middletown, and David Levine and Sarah Smith-Levine of Colchester. He is also survived by his six grandchildren, whom he adored, Isaac, Eli, Ethan, Austin, Sarah and Shayna Levine, all of New London. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Jean Asmond of Florida; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends and family are invited to gather for a celebration of Larry's life at 2 p.m. April 21, 2013, at Stoneridge auditorium in Mystic.
In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcome to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation (pdf.org).
Published in The Day on Apr. 12, 2013