Irving Levine, 96


REHOBOTH, MASS. – Irving Levine, of Hillside Ave., Rehoboth, died at home on May 5. He was the husband of Bernice Harris Levine for the past 70 years.  

Born in Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Louis and Miriam (Jolt) Levine, he lived in the Rehoboth and Providence area most of his adult life. 

The Levines also enjoyed spending time during the winter months at their home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Levine was a graduate of New Bedford High School and The University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in English.

Levine 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 and 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. Levine was featured in the WSJ 7/4/2016 for this award.

Levine had been more likely to make the pages of his hometown newspaper, The Herald News of Fall River, Massachusetts, for his tennis prowess than for his involvement with investments. He was a top-ranked tennis player both in New England and nationally in his age group. His participation in tennis competition allowed him and his wife 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 the University of Pennsylvania.

Survivors include his widow, a brother Arthur Levine of West Orange, New Jersey, and his two children; Stephanie Levine of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Laurence Levine of Bethesda, Maryland. Levine is also survived by his niece Louise J Guy, of S. Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was also the brother of the late Selma L. Guy of Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  He was the brother-in-law of Nancy S. Harris and the brother-in-law of the late Harold J. Harris of Providence. 

Contributions in his memory may be made to Brigham & Women’s Cardiology Dept. or a Tennis Association of your own choosing.