William M. Levy

Born in 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts
Departed in Melbourne, Florida on February 2, 2020

Bill was born in Boston, MA in 1938 to Abraham and Florence (Shuman) Levy. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Doodle, brother Dr. Robert Levy, daughters Alison Clew (Brian) and Lisa Jensen (Eric), stepchildren Jay Godwin (Cathy) and Karla Allen (Shane), seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by granddaughter Kelly Marie Godwin.

Bill grew up in Brookline, MA and as a young man served eight years in the Army National Guard. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Bentley University. Bill was an accountant, worked in the garment industry, and finished his career after many years as a mortgage broker. He was involved in the Jewish service organization B’nai B’rith in both Massachusetts and Florida, including a stint as president of the Space Coast chapter. Bill was also a distinguished past president of the Space Coast chapter of the Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers. Bill was committed to causes dear to him at the city, county and state level, including his appointment to the City of Melbourne Affordable Housing Advisory Committee from 2008 to 2014.

Bill moved to Florida in 1983, mainly in search of more months in which to play golf. He was very happy all these decades as a New Englander in Brevard County, continuing his enthusiastic support for all of Boston’s excellent sports teams. Bill was a voracious reader, never tiring of the novels of his favorite authors as well as the news of the day.

What gave Bill the most joy in life was his deep love for his family –and for friends that were like family. As his worsening diabetes curtailed his and Doodle’s travels, Bill stayed in touch with everyone via phone, text, FaceTime and social media. He was incredibly proud of all his kids and grandkids, no matter whether they be related by blood or marriage. He looked forward to weekly phone calls with his brother and daughter, visits with friends and family, and to seeing what new photos everyone sent of their dogs, their travels and their daily activities.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday February 8th at 1pm in the Brownlie – Maxwell Funeral Chapel.

Bill’s storytelling and his caring, loving and funny ways will be missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at [email protected].

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11 entries.
Jeremiah F. from Attleboro wrote on March 2, 2020:
As a kid, in the 1970's, I worked at a mens' clothing store in Malden MA. Bill was a salesman who stopped in regularly and took the time to offer direction and support to me at a critical time. I will always appreciate his guidance.
Susan Cohen from Brookline wrote on March 1, 2020:
I am very sorry about your loss.I used to go sledding down Littell rd in Brookline with Bill and Bobby.
Michael Levine from Massachusetts wrote on February 10, 2020:
So very sorry Lisa on the loss of your dad. Arielle and I send you and your family our deepest condolences.
Faith Gorman from Parkland wrote on February 9, 2020:
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather. Sending love and light to you all. The Gorman family.
Cody Allen from Durham, NC wrote on February 7, 2020:
Grandpa Bill, GPB as always signed in emails, will be missed. Sometimes it's the little things you miss most: I'll never forget his story-telling voice or his laugh. They both always brought joy and positive energy to the room. Rest in peace, GPB.
Richard Bonas from Indialantic wrote on February 5, 2020:
I enjoyed working with Bill and always found him to be respectful and diligent in his work as a mortgage broker banker..we had lots of laughs together as he had a great sense of humor and he could be found kibitzing with all a around him..my deepest condolences to all family members.
Steve and Sharon Greenberg from Sturbridge, MA wrote on February 5, 2020:
Bill was a cousin by marriage. We will miss him.
Eric L Smitt from W.Melbourne wrote on February 5, 2020:
Bill will always be remembered by his kindness, love for family and friends. May he rest in Peace.
Dale and Muriel Elam from Blue Ridge,Georgia wrote on February 5, 2020:
We are so sorry to hear about Bill’s passing. Condolences to the family!
Brother Bob from Plantation wrote on February 5, 2020:
We're still going to have our Monday night conversations.
Chris Herrnkind from Port St. John wrote on February 4, 2020:
Love you Grandpa you will be missed. Thank you for great memories of playing on the computer and traveling the East coast with you and Grandma.
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