Alan David BLEVISS
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BLEVISS, Alan David Alan David Bleviss, 76, passed away on Saturday, December 30th at his home in New York City. He is survived by his children Joshua Eli, Lisa Aviva and Sarah Jenny. Alan had an illustrious 40 year career as a prominent voice over actor, philanthropist and former president of the Civil War Token Society. Funeral services will be held at Plaza Jewish Community Chapel at 630 Amsterdam Ave. in New York City on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 12 p.m. Burial services will follow at Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Theatre School of Canada.

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Published in Toronto Star from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2018.
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February 6, 2018
Alan is pictured upper left. A purim concert at Edmonton Talmud Torah probably around ten years old. A "big" guy for his age.
Allan Holender
February 5, 2018
I first met Allan in 1971 over a cup of coffee in an old fashioned diner in Manhattan. He, Doug Jeffers and myself were going to be the future icons of the VO industry, or, so we thought and we had so much to talk about along with our contagious enthusiasm. Allan was so generous with his wit, sensitivity and kindness and I shared the fact that there was an agency looking for talent that I had heard about and would call on his behalf to get him started. In those days there were limitations on talent from Canada working in the USA, but, what the heck, he needed a push and I was able to do the pushing.
Eventually, Allan did become an icon in the industry, but he was so much more. He was a dear friend to me.
Fast forward. Having beaten two cancers of my own, a quadruple bypass and many other medical adversities in the last few years I had recovered enough to visit him at the assisted living home he was staying in downtown. I brought him a "dozen" bagels and we laughed our heads off wondering how we got so old so fast. He, like myself faced many health adversities through the 45 years of our friendship, but, we always found time to laugh.
After an operation I had in Jan 2017 the doorman in my building called up to say that Mr. Allan Blevis was here and could he come up. I told him he'd better come up or I'll find a broom and fly down and get him myself. Well, that was our last get together in this world and I think we both knew it.
So, to conclude I wll say this to you, Bear. Hold a place in the studio of the Gods for me. We'll laugh again...I promise!!! Oh, I'll bring the bagels.
Ed Green
January 18, 2018
Tess - Naomi just told me. I am so sorry.
January 14, 2018
Alan was an exceptionally sensitive and caring person. He had a beautiful voice and was an amazingly creative talent. I enjoyed working with him as a producer over many years. He was a truly good man, and he will be missed.
Vivian Dittman
January 9, 2018
Although it is almost 50 years ago when Alan joined us as a section head at Camp Northland in Haliburton, Ontario (a job he knew nothing about), among us old camp staff, he is remembered for his laugh, his irreverence, his bridge playing and of course, his voice. Four of us played bridge together for a year or so after that summer and I can still remember his claim to fame at the time: "Canada Dry, the champagne of ginger ales." He was not forgotten. My sympathies.
Sid T
January 9, 2018
As a childhood friend of Alan Bleviss, I received great hospitality at the Bleviss home in Edmonton Alberta.
I received a great deal of kindness from Alan's mother and father Joseph. There was a great deal of friendly interaction with Alan's younger brother Morley and younger sister Sharon. I recall many happy winter days in the Bleviss home. Those days will never be forgotten. In later days at Bonnie Dune high school, in a production of Arsenic and Old Lace, Allan played a rambunctious Teddy Roosevelt and I played the investigating inspector. It was great fun and I think it was the beginning of Allan's interest
In drama as a career. Peace be with you Alan.
Thomas Leslie
Thomas Leslie
January 9, 2018
Alan worked on a theatre production at the Factory Theatre in Toronto in 1972 that I produced. He was a wonderful, rich presence in that show, and though I haven't seen him since that period, his warmth remained with me, and from reading occasional Facebook posts, I felt continually connected to him. Such, I'm sure, was the nature of his presence everywhere. To his family, I am very, very sorry for your loss. I know he will be missed by so many.
Ken Gass
January 5, 2018
Dear Josh, Lisa, and Sarah,
I had the tremendous priviledge to work as one of Alan's NY agents, many years ago. He was incredibly loved and respected by the entire industry- at every level. He was a gifted talent, and magnificent person.
Gary Hochberg
January 5, 2018
I had the tremendous priviledge of working as one of Alan's NY voice agents...many years ago. It was an honor to participate in his enormous successes, and he was incredibly kind, generous,as well as respected and talented.
January 5, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Alan's death. As cousins we enjoyed his company when he came to Montreal.Like everyone else we will never forget the "voice" as well as the personal contact.
Mic and Kim Davidman, Montreal
Mic Davidman
January 5, 2018
My heartfelt condolences are sent to his family. In addition to being an incredibly talented voice performer, Alan Bleviss was one of the kindest, most generous people I knew. We worked together early on in my career. It was on his recommendation that I was brought to Canada to work at the Talent Group. My life in Canada, my agenting career, even meeting my future husband - all because of Alan. Today the earth is just a little greyer for his prayers are with you all.
Noreen Murphy
January 5, 2018
Students, fellow alumni and teachers at the National Theatre School of Canada send their heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of Alan Bleviss. Alan was a true and steadfast supporter of his alma mater. Thank you, Alan, for your unparalleled altruism and for having dedicated your time and financial leadership to helping NTS reveal the talent of so many young theatre artists, on and behind the stage. The Alan Bleviss Family Library, the largest bilingual theatre library in Canada, with over 80,000 documents in its collection, stands as a testament to that dedication. Your voice and passion will always echo through the halls of our School and continue to inspire students to persevere and follow their dreams.
National Theatre School of Canada
January 4, 2018
I've known Alan for most of my life. We became close friends at the age of six. We literally grew up TOGETHER while attending Talmud Torah in Edmonton. He was my "wing man". Laughed at all my jokes, which got us both into trouble a lot with Mr. Yedlin, our teacher. From that moment on we laughed at life together, shared in the joy of parenthood, the misery of divorce, and the success of our professional endeavours. When we talked , we ALWAYS laughed and we always remembered our roots, the memories of our childhood and the friends left behind in Edmonton. Sadly, I can't pick up the phone to call him now to tell him how much I loved him as a friend, fellow Jew, and most of all to say what a wonderful adventurous journey we shared together. Love and blessings to his children who he loved so much from birth onward. His "booming " voice will forever resonate in my heart. Your friend, Allan
Allan Holender
January 3, 2018
I met Alan while playing bridge on the internet. We became friends and he sent me many interesting videos which he had narrated. I will always be thankful to have had Alan as a friend.
Ahmet Tekin
January 3, 2018
Debbie and myself extend our deepest heartfelt condolences. I cannot begin to tell the three of you the many good times we shared together growing up both in and Calgary and Edmonton be it for visiting or for simchas. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him.

Joey & Debbie Bleviss
Calgary, Alberta
January 2, 2018
Alan was a loving friend and cousin. He has left a void in our hearts, and will be dearly missed.
Renee Fogel
January 2, 2018
I met Alan when I was 18. I had the pleasure to work with Alan many times over the years. What a joy. Alan's talent was such he could make a stone weep. My heart goes out this his family and friends around the world.
clive desmond
January 2, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Bleviss. Please take comfort in knowing that our Heavenly Father cares about you and gives you comfort during your time of sorrow. May you take comfort from this Bible verse at (2 Cor. 1:3)
January 2, 2018
At Laurier Collegiate in Scarborough
Russell Sutherland
January 1, 2018
My heart is so heavy... but I know that you're in a better place. I miss you greatly.
January 1, 2018
January 1, 2018
Alan and I became close friends after working together on more great narrations than I can remember over the past 30 years. We stayed in touch, particularly after he became a North Carolina basketball fan. I am so happy we had a chance for a visit at his place in NYC, where we watched the UNC-
Michigan game. Alan was an exceptional person and he will be missed by all who knew him. Rest easy, old, dear friend.
Charlie Ashby, Raleigh NC
Charlie Ashby
January 1, 2018
Dear Joshua, Lisa and Sarah, please accept my condolences on this sad occasion. Alan was a friend of mine through the board of the National Theatre School of Canada. We go back so many years - and so many good memories of lots of fun times in that convivial setting. Your Dad was a wonderful man, and he shall be missed. Marissa Nuss, Montreal.
January 1, 2018
What a loss to our family and community. we will miss Alan immensely and wish all of the family and friends peace and only happy memories of Alan from throughout the years.
Alan, rest in peace and we will always remember and think of you.
Mel and Deana Fishman
January 1, 2018
May those affected by the loss of Alan take comfort in the scriptures. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
January 1, 2018
Our heartfelt condolences to the family for this great loss. The strength from God can sustain you through this difficult time. May your cherished memories of the times you shared bring you a measure of comfort now and in the days ahead.
The Lewis Family
January 1, 2018
Alan will be truly missed. My 84 year old aunt, Mathilda, worked for Alan and his family for several years as a housekeeper and to this day she continues to talk about Alan and his family's kindness to her where she felt like family. I personally witnessed this while visiting my aunt on several occasions. This world will be such better place if there were more Alans in it. May he Rest In Peace but his spirit of kindness live on forever.
Ava & Mathilda Browne/Isaac
January 1, 2018
May your Heavenly Father bring you Peace & Comfort your Heart at this difficult time.
Psalm 73:1
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