LACONIA — Warren E. "Pete" Levy, 90, of Laconia, entered into eternal life on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Golden View Health Care Center, Meredith. He was predeceased by his mother, Sophie B. Sirois, his father, Alexander O. Levy, Sr., his sister, Mary E. Sanders, and his wife, Mabel K. Levy. He was also predeceased by his first wife, Isabella E. Levy.
Warren was born on February 20, 1924 in New York City, N.Y., and lived there before moving to N.J. in 1940. He was employed as a Communications Management Specialist by the US Army Communications Systems Agency at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and travelled to Japan, Korea, Germany, and Panama, and many sites within the United States on assignments for the Army. Warren received numerous awards and recognition for innovative solutions and outstanding performance during his 30 year career. He retired in 1980 and moved from N.J. to Laconia that same year.
"Pete" was best known for his accordion playing and he enjoyed performing and making people happy through music. His first instrument was the harmonica that his mother taught him to play. He purchased his first accordion in January of 1940, shortly before his 16th birthday. Pete never read music; his talent was playing "by ear". Once he heard a song, he could replicate it after a few tries. Over his lifetime, Pete delighted in playing his vast repertoire of tunes for family and friends.
After meeting his dear friend Ginny, Pete became an active member of Our Lady of the Lakes Church and was made an honorary member of the Ladies Guild there. He eagerly participated in every activity; he could be seen helping at Christmas bazaars, bake sales, and spaghetti suppers. Pete was also a volunteer at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul food pantry for many years.
Surviving are his loving daughters, Bridget Trapanese of New Monmouth, N.J. and Theresa Levy of Middletown, N.J.; his grandson, Gregory Trapanese, also of New Monmouth, N.J.; his beloved companion and dear friend, Virginia Mc Dermott, and Virginia's son, Donald. He also is survived by his brother, Alexander O. Levy, Jr., of Meredith; his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Frank Harwood, of Middletown, N.J.; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014 in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, N.H.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Saint Andre Bessette Parish - Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.
A private interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Middletown, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice, 780 Main St, Laconia, NH 03246
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.