William Andrew Levitt (Bill), 62, a 48-year resident of Severna Park, died peacefully at home on January 25. Born July 6, 1950 in Schenectady, NY, Bill was the son of the late Joan Spraggon Levitt and the late Eugene Levitt. He graduated from Severna Park High School in 1968, and the University of Maryland in 1972 with a degree in Natural Resources and Conservation. Bill spent over thirty years in the water supply business, initially working for T.E. Byerly Co. Inc. He started his own firm, Gardner O'Connor Inc. in 1986. Throughout his life, Bill was active in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1963, and continuing as a dedicated volunteer and scout leader as an adult. He also gave of his time and support to the Jaycees, The Severna Park Hike and Bike trail, The Community Center at Woods and WoodsWork and Driftwood, two Habitat for Humanity youth-led groups at Woods Church. Bill was serving as an elder at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church. Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Bill regularly donated platelets for chemotherapy patients. Bill enjoyed spending time with his family and pursuing his interests in the outdoors, aviation, travel, cars and "all things that go." In recent years Bill could be found driving his fire truck in holiday parades and raising a huge American flag on the truck's extended ladder at other patriotic events. He was preceded in death by his younger brothers, George Austin Levitt and Thomas Alexander Levitt. Bill is survived by his wife of 34 years, Laurie Schmidt Levitt; his sons, William Andrew (Andy) Levitt II, of Baltimore and Scott Alexander Levitt of Arnold; his brother, James Allen Levitt of Annapolis; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Bill's life and Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park. The family requests that those attending the service dispense with the traditional black, and wear colorful attire. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Bill's memory to the Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council, 701 Wyman Park Dr., Baltimore, MD, 21211, or the International Thyroid Oncology Group, PO Box 270, Yorkville, NY 13495.
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Published in The Capital on Jan. 27, 2013