Irving Levine, 96, of Hillside Ave., Rehoboth, MA died at home on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was the husband of Bernice Harris Levine for the past 70 years. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Louis and Miriam (Jolt) Levine, he lived in Rehoboth, MA and the general Providence, RI area most of his adult life. Irving and Bernice also enjoyed spending time during the winter months at their home in Palm Beach, Fla.
Mr. Levine was a graduate of New Bedford High School and The University of Pennsylvania with a BA in English.
Irving was the founder of The Copley Mutual Fund, which he launched in 1978 and managed until the time of his death. In July 2016, Levine & The Copley Fund won the Wall Street Journal’s Winner’s’ Circle Contest, which measures the best 12-month performance by a stock-fund manager-using the same approach to investing the $82.9 million of assets in Copley Fund. Irving was featured in the WSJ 7/4/2016 for this award.
Mr. Levine had been more likely to make the pages of his hometown newspaper, The Herald News Of Fall River, MA for his tennis prowess than for his involvement with investments. Irving was a top ranked tennis player both in New England and Nationally in his age group. His participation in tennis competition allowed he & his wife Bernice the opportunity to engage in world travel. He was inducted into The New England Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contributions to the sport of tennis both on and off the court. Levine also excelled in table tennis where he was an intercollegiate champion while attending Univ. Of Penn.
Survivors include his widow, a brother Arthur Levine of West Orange, NJ & his 2 children; Stephanie Levine of Cambridge, MA & Laurence Levine of Bethesda, MD. Levine is also survived by his niece Louise J Guy, of S. Dartmouth, MA He was also the brother of the late Selma L. Guy of Dartmouth, MA. Irving was the brother in law of Nancy S. Harris & the brother in law of the late Harold J. Harris of Providence, RI.
His funeral will be held graveside on Thursday, May 10th at 11:30 am in Lincoln Park Cemetery, 1469 Post Road, Warwick, RI. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Brigham & Women’s Cardiology Dept. or a Tennis Association of your own choosing.