Anthony LeVoie Dies; Retired Swim Director
He was born June 16, 1930 in Providence, R.I., the son of Antone and Matilda Roderick Levy.
A Jamestown resident since 1957, he was employed at the Jamestown Boys Club as swimming director until his retirement in 1979.
LeVoie attended Providence public schools and graduated from high school in 1948. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953.
LeVoie received a scholarship to New York University where he trained as a swimming instructor. He was swimming director at the Providence Boys Club until 1956 when he came to Jamestown.
LeVoie was a member of AME Zion Church of Jamestown and the Ella Ella Couples Club. He was also a member of the Jamestown Boys Club Alumni Association and served on the Jamestown Boys Club Board of Directors.
LeVoie was an advisor for the Torch and Keystone Clubs of the Boys Club, was president of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania Swimming Coaches Association, a member of the American Swimming Association, and had been a Red Cross instructor-examiner for more than 16 years.
At one time, LeVoie held the New England 440-yard freestyle championship. Teams coached by LeVoie had established several records, including National Senior AAU Long Distance in 1950 and National Junior AAU Girls 200-yard freestyle relay at the Yale Carnival in 1955.
In 1979 he received the Niagara District AAU President’s Award. He was a member of the New York State Parent Teachers Association and was an honorary member of the Jamestown Teachers Association. He received the Dr. Frank Smeragliuolo Memorial Award for his achievements in the service of youth.
LeVoie was a member of the Jamestown Kiwanis Club and the local chapter of the National Association of Christians and Jews, which honored him in 1980 for his community work.
Surviving are his wife Alyce Hawkins LeVoie, whom he married April 17, 1960; a son, Anthony LeVoie; a daughter, Stephanie LeVoie, both at home; his father Antone Levy of Providene; two sisters: Marion Gomes and Antonia Norman, both of Providence, R.I.; two brothers, Ricardo and Ronald Levy of Providence, and his stepfather Antone Andrade of Providence. He was preceded in death by his mother who died June 20, 1982.
The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Costanzo Funeral Home. The Rev. John Shaw, pastor of AME Zion Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery.
The additional financial assistance of the community is critical to the success of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. We gratefully acknowledge these individuals and organizations for their generous support.