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Tree Dedicated in Honor of Arthur Levine

The soft-spoken man spent nearly 25 years as a member of East Meadow Kiwanis.

For Arthur Levine, it wasn't about recognition — it was about doing the right thing.

That's the motto he lived by during his 25 years as a member of East Meadow Kiwanis, which was preceded by another 22 years with Syosset's Kiwanis. At Saturday's at , a tree was dedicated in honor of Levine, who died on April 1.

Also known as "Mr. Bingo," Levine started, implemented and executed a bingo program at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care for the past 14 years. Held on the third Friday of every month, he also funded the program himself, and he never asked Kiwanis for a dime to help.

"He was a soft-spoken man that did not speak very much," East Meadow Kiwanis President Mitchell Allen said. "But when he did, people listened. That’s the biggest respect you can get at Kiwanis."

Levine was an active member of the Nassau County Bar Association for more than 52 years. He was also honored by the Nassau County Bar Association in May of 2009 for 50 years of active service in the practice of law.

"It means a great deal to our family, because it’s tied to dad’s affiliation with Kiwanis," Jonathan Laico, Levine's son, said. "Tuesday nights, he belonged with the Kiwanis club, and he loved those guys dearly."

"I think that he would be very humbled by this," Levine's wife Ginnie said. "He was a very quiet man who did many things for people, but he was always under the radar. He was just a very humble guy who always did what he thought was the right thing to do."

What are your memories of Arthur Levine? Tell us in the comments.

Eleanore Genchur June 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Art was a very pleasant person. Always a big smile and a big hello when he saw you. He will be missed. Eleanore & John Genchur
Florence Trunk June 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Our deepest sympathy to Ginnie & all the family. Art Levine was a very caring human being who was so involved in many areas. How wonderful that he was honored for his 50 years in the legal profession! You can be sure that he will be sorely missed by clients and colleagues alike. Art Levine was a man dedicated to the community and the tree named in his honor was a fitting tribute. Perhaps there will be many more tributes awarded to him as more of his good deeds come to light. Again, deepest sympathy to all the family.

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