Methuen — Eugene Charles “Cy” Levis Jr., 96, passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Nevins Nursing Centre in Methuen.
Born on July 6, 1916 in Haverhill, Cy was the son of the late Hannah Regan and Eugene Levis, Irish immigrants from County Cork. His beloved wife, Katherine O’Keefe Levis, survives him. They celebrated 67 years together last September.
Cy attended Haverhill public schools and served in the Army during World War II from 1940-1945, working as an airplane mechanic stationed in Germany, France, Belgium and England. He retired from Raytheon Corporation, Andover, in 1982 after 25 years in production control. He lived in Lawrence and North Andover for many years then recently moved to Nevins Nursing Centre in Methuen. He shared a bright, cheery room with Kay, the love of his life.
He loved golf, playing cards, watching professional sports and taking day trips during his 30 years of retirement. He visited Ireland twice and loved the countryside and outdoors. Gramps was light-hearted and loved to tell jokes and riddles as well as recite rhymes he memorized through the years. His greatest joy was being with his eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Cy was an active member of the Holy Name Society at St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence and the Lawrence Elks Lodge #65 for many years. After moving to North Andover, he and Kay attended St. Michael’s Parish. He enjoyed mass and reciting the rosary. His strong faith and positive attitude guided him during his wonderful life. He was humble and mindful of others, always lending a helping hand to the family.
Cy will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Kay; three children, Mary Ann Powderly and husband, Ken of Billerica, Clare Levis of Ocala, Fla., Joe and his wife, Marianne of North Andover, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and sister, Margaret Garbec of Haverhill. Son, Eugene Charles III in 1968, granddaughter, Stephanie Anne Levis in 2004, and siblings, Katherine Wheeler, John and Samuel, predeceased Cy.
Special gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff at Nevins Center, North Hall, Section A, 2nd floor, Lawrence G. Kidd MD, and the Compassionate Care Hospice. Your kindness and empathy is greatly appreciated.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, March 20, at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, from 4-8 p.m. A funeral mass to celebrate Cy’s life will be held at St. Michael’s Church, 196 Main Street, North Andover, on Thursday, March 21, at 10 a.m. Family and friends are invited to gather at St. Michael’s Church. Internment will be at St. Mary Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Lawrence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.contefuneralhomes.com.