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HARRY LEVINE

Born: Sep 22, 1924

Date of Passing: Jul 18, 2013

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HARRY LEVINE Harry Levine passed away suddenly at home on July 18, 2013 at the age of 88. He is lovingly remembered by his daughters, Ricki Jacobson (Gary) and Kathy Levine (Rick Green), and his grandsons, Dan Adams-Jacobson (Stephanie) and Noah Jacobson (Kristin Szuminsky), as well as his sister, Marjorie Levine. He was predeceased by his parents, Leah and Israel Levine, and his brother, Joseph Levine. Harry was born on September 22, 1924 in Winnipeg, where he lived most of his life. He showed an early aptitude for music, and playing piano became his lifelong passion and livelihood. He started playing piano professionally in the late 1940s with a variety of orchestras at dance halls and hotels in Winnipeg. He had his own band at the dance hall at Winnipeg Beach in the late 1940s/early 1950s. He played at many popular venues in the city throughout the years, including the Hollow Mug dinner theater, where he worked until his retirement. In recent years, he entertained at a variety of retirement residences in the summer months and continued to play at home, which was a source of delight to many of his neighbours. His funeral took place at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery on July 21, 2013. Thanks to Cantor Tracy Kasner Greaves for a beautiful eulogy and service. If desired, donations in Harry's memory can be made to a charity of one's choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 07, 2013

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  • Harry played the piano in my Dad's orchestra when I was a child. My Dad (Charlie Cruickshank) admired Harry's musical talent and skill. Dad used to have "jam sessions" at our small house on Downing St. The piano was upstairs and would be hooked up to the rest of the orchestra in the basement via amplifiers. (very archaic by today's standards!) I was instructed to sit on the piano bench and watch how Harry played. (I was taking piano lessons at the time). Harry was very young when he began to play in Dad's orchestra. His parents, especially his Mom, was concerned about her young son getting involved with the "night life". She said that Harry could play in Dad's orchestra if my Dad agreed to pick up Harry and drop him off after the dance. Harry was more or less under my Dad's care. I think Harry was 19 at the time. Great memories from my childhood. I talked to Harry on the phone a couple of times fairly recently with regard to some old 78 records of Dad's orchestra with Harry on piano. We were gathering this stuff in order to make a more permanent tape of Dad's music. Harry was a great attribute to Winnipeg's musical scene. God be with you all. Sincerely Rhonda Grist - Posted by: Rhonda Grist ( nee Cruickshank) (Daughter of Charlie Cruickshank Orchestra Leader) on: Sep 09, 2013

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