Joseph Levy Jr.
1926 - 2019
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Joseph Levy, Jr., 92, beloved husband for 66 years of Carole nee Kahane; loving father of Jan (Bruce) Tranen, Beth (James) Reiman and Nancy (Richard) Simon; cherished grandfather of Charles (Heather), David, Anne and Steven; great grandfather of William and Nathaniel; dear uncle of Judith Newton and several grand nieces and nephews. Joe will long be remembered for his generosity, kindness and philanthropy. He founded the Levy Senior Centers and served on the boards of Northwestern Kellogg Business School and the Culver Academies. He was also a longtime board member of Temple Sholom, The Chicago History Museum and Evanston Hospital. A memorial service will be held Monday, February 18, 1:30 PM at Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Avenue, Glencoe. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Levy Senior Center Foundation, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201 or www.levyseniorcenterfoundation.org. Info: Weinstein & Piser Funeral Home, 847-256-5700.



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Published in Chicago Tribune on Feb. 17, 2019.
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March 4, 2019
The substance of a life that touched so many continues.
Hugh and Nancy King
February 23, 2019
Dear Nancy,
My thoughts are with you and my heart is open with compassion for the feelings you experience. Warmth and love, --Nina Savar.
Nina Savar
February 18, 2019
I am so very sorry for your loss. He was just a really great guy and I liked and respected him a whole lot. He will be missed. My condolences to your family.
Ernie Nathan
February 18, 2019
Fran Bernstein
February 18, 2019
I will always remember Mr Levy as a mentor of many, he gave me my first opportunity to the career path I still hold today, he will be missed. My deepest condolences to the Levy family.
David Newman
February 18, 2019
Valeree Haas
February 18, 2019
I worked for Joe for 11 years until I moved to LA. He was the most kindest wonderful person!!! He was so good to me. I will never forget him!!!!
Fran Bernstein
February 18, 2019
Ned Leuchtner at Henry Crown Pavillion Northwestern University
A great man inspires others through his deeds and words. Joe was a man of integrity thoughtfulness and generosity. He touched many by his dedication and work ethic. He touched my life by mentoring entrepreneurship and creative thinking.
His memory will live long......Ned Leuchtner
Ned Leuchtner
February 18, 2019
It seems like whatever I write, it is insufficient to describe my admiration and appreciation for Joe levy. I offer my deepest condolences to the family, who I thank for the sacrifice sharing Joe with us all. It seems like the lessons and learning from him are still incomplete. I only knew him for the past 12 years through the Levy Group Entrepreneurship Group that meets at 8:15am at 3340 Main Street in Skokie most Saturdays. On behalf of that, I know that if the late Ken Chalmers and Jack Heyden were here they'd have great stories and wisdom that they learned from Joe to share with as well.

I always wondered what it would have been like to know Joe in the days prior to his declining health. Although I met with him dozens of times privately, I never fully walked away with his secrets to sales success or meeting key people the way he was known for doing with everyone from Michael Krasny to so many others who have told me things that Joe Levy had done for them.

I welcome the opportunity to continue to learn Joe's lessons and stories from all of you. If you are a friend of Joe Levy, I'd like to think that you are already a friend of mine as that would seem to be the best way for his legacy to live on. In a world that is more cruel without Joe Levy in it, I need all the friends of the kind that Joe Levy was. As someone said to me, "we all lost a best friend when Joe Levy passed away."

So I formally ask each of you that knew him to contact me and share a conversation, I want hear the wonderful stories about Joe from you and the wisdom and lessons you've learned from Joe as well. I thank you in advance for helping me complete the lessons and showing me the values of the past.

Sincerely,
David Dalka
Fearless Revival
(please contact me on the contact page by Googling - David Dalka Fearless Revival to schedule an appointment or calling me at 520 223 4808 if you are at the service or don't like the Internet )
David Dalka
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February 18, 2019
It seems like whatever I write, it is insufficient to describe my admiration and appreciation for Joe levy. I offer my deepest condolences to the family, who I thank for the sacrifice sharing Joe with us all. It seems like the lessons and learning from him are still incomplete. I only knew him for the past 12 years through the Levy Group Entrepreneurship Group that meets at 8:15am at 3340 Main Street in Skokie most Saturdays. On behalf of that, I know that if the late Ken Chalmers and Jack Heyden were here they'd have great stories and wisdom that they learned from Joe to share with as well.

I always wondered what it would have been like to know Joe in the days prior to his declining health. Although I met with him dozens of times privately, I never fully walked away with his secrets to sales success or meeting key people the way he was known for doing with everyone from Michael Krasny to so many others who have told me things that Joe Levy had done for them.

I welcome the opportunity to continue to learn Joe's lessons and stories from all of you. If you are a friend of Joe Levy, I'd like to think that you are already a friend of mine as that would seem to be the best way for his legacy to live on. In a world that is now not as nice without Joe Levy in it, I need all the friends of the kind that Joe Levy was. As someone said to me, "we all lost a best friend when Joe Levy passed away."

So I formally ask each of you that knew him to contact me and share a conversation, I want hear the wonderful stories about Joe from you from the many facets of his life and the wisdom and lessons you've learned from Joe as well. I thank you in advance for helping me complete the lessons and showing me the values of the past.

Sincerely,
David Dalka
Fearless Revival
(please contact me on the contact page on my website at http://fearlessrevival.com/ )
David Dalka
February 17, 2019
Carol Buick
Joe was my first boss in the car business and was a true visionary in the business world and used his knowledge and skills to help so many achieve things that they themselves did not know they had in them. Without Joe's advice and guidance I would not have become the man I am. A one of a kind and one who will be truly missed. My thoughts are with his devoted family .
Bob Lee
February 17, 2019
Our warmest condolences to the Levy family from longtime friends , the Batt family. ( We go back a long way .
Batt s Restaurant
Pearl (94 ) and Toots (Sam -94 )

Ira Batt
Ira Batt
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February 17, 2019
Carole,

I lost a dear friend. My sincere condolences.
Fred King
February 17, 2019
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February 17, 2019
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February 17, 2019
Carole:

My sincerest condolences.

Paul Rhoads
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February 17, 2019
Paul Rhoads
February 17, 2019
To the Levy Family,

My most sincerest condolences on your loss of a real mensch! I remember Joe from the heydays of Carol Buick, the old bank (?) collection, just sitting around talking to him and the red phone on the wall of the fleet office linking them to Wheels(Zollie Frank, another real mensch. I really can't remember anyone else in the car business who I would call a REAL MENSCH.

Fondly,

Jerry Goldman (no relation to Al who worked for Joe)
Gerald Goldman
February 17, 2019
Joe Levy's great generosity was legendary in my family. May you be comforted in your loss by your memories.

Rita Mendelsohn
Rita Mendelsohn
February 17, 2019
Carole we were so sorry to hear from Terry about Joe's death. I will always have wonderful memories as a child having fun dinners and as I grew up my first car. I have great images later of you coming to Houston for our wedding. I hope that you have incredible memories to comfort you during this time of grief. May Joe's memory be a blessing. Love, Jo Ann Schwartz Woodward and John Woodward
Jo Ann & John Woodward
February 17, 2019
A very sad day....adored Joe and one of my father's oldest and
dearest friends. He was a kind man with a devilish sense of humor that helped everyone he met and knew along the way.

He was always interested in everything you were doing and had to say and encouraged you to excel in every way. I still have his book prominently sitting on my bookshelf.

I'm sorry we never got in that last game of golf! My sincerest condolences to the Levy Family.

XOXO

Terry Schwartz
February 17, 2019
Joe Levy was a one-of-kind for kindness, warmth and story telling. He was a beloved trustee at the Chicago History Museum, where his flair for marketing was put to use. I personally owe so much to this loyal friend, and so do so many, many others. Gary Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum
Gary Johnson
February 17, 2019
My mentor, my supporter, my hero!
Steve Toubus
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