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Howard Levitz

Howard Jay "Howie" Levitz

Thursday, April 24th, 1947 - Sunday, May 26th, 2019
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Howard Jay Levitz, 72, of Williamstown, MA, died Sunday, May 26, 2019 at his home. He was born in the Bronx, New York, April 24, 1947, son of Albert and Rita (Schechter) Levitz and attended RCA Institutes and graduated from Hofstra University in New York. After graduation, Howie worked for a major photographic concern in Manhattan and the Museum of Modern Art before coming to Williams College as head of the new photographic department. He also taught photography classes at the college, and was responsible for photographing a major catalog for the Clark Art Institute. After eight years at Williams, in 1977 Howie opened his own photography and framing shop, TGL Photoworks, in Williamstown, then moved to North Adams 12 years ago, and has been operating his business since. Besides his love and extensive knowledge of photography, Howie was also a polished musician who enjoyed playing piano for anyone who might listen at weddings, cocktail parties, and for many years, the Williams Inn. He was involved in area theatre, as well, often using his talents as the entire pit orchestra for many musical productions of the Mohawk Theatre Guild, and was also devoted to playing for whom he called “my old people” at area nursing homes. Until the last, he was a true presence and force to be reckoned with, always telling jokes, composing impromptu silly songs and making people laugh. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dale, his daughter, Shari, cousins, nieces, nephews, and lots of extended family and many lifelong friends. Funeral arrangements have been made on Long Island, New York, and a Memorial celebration of Howie’s life is planned here for the end of June. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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Peter Pierson

Posted at 08:05am
Dale and Shari...Howie has been a part of our lives for more years than I can number - maybe back to my years at Williams in the early '70s. I always enjoyed my visits with him which were never just about business. Life and its complex wonders were much more interesting than a particular frame or passport photo. He enjoyed it all, and added so much to it all. I will miss him.
I send you all love as you grieve his loss. Peter Pierson, Grafton, NY

Eugene Michalenko

Posted at 06:39pm
A consistent slice of joy in my life is now a joyful memory. Anointed by the wet in my eye and a strained swallow,
I make a place for it into my heart. Now you're the gracious spirit that you always aspired to be. Memory Eternal!

Sharon Karlin

Posted at 06:59pm
Howie visited the nursing home that I work at, Hillcrest Commons. The residents
always enjoyed listening to Howie play the piano. I appreciate the joy that he brought
to the residents.

We will all miss him.
Sharon Karlin, activities

Carl Villanueva

Posted at 06:46am
Dear Dale and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of Howie's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. When I took a painting to him a few months ago for framing, he was so happy to speak of his 50th wedding anniversary. He will be truly missed by many. I am very sorry for your loss.
Carl Villanueva

Laura Dankner

Posted at 03:55pm
Dear Dale: so sad about Howie. Please let us know what we can do. All our love, Laura Dankner

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