William S. Levy, 87, USF&G department chief

April 15, 2002

William S. Levy, who rose from office clerk to department chief at United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co., died Thursday in a Towson retirement home of cancer. He was 87.

Mr. Levy started at the insurance company after graduating from Polytechnic Institute. He spent much of the next 45 years there, retiring in 1979 as superintendent of the Baltimore branch's casualty department.

His only absence was during World War II, when he fought in Europe with the Army's 9th Armored Division and earned the Bronze Star. He was discharged in 1945 with the rank of master sergeant.

In 1949, he married Nancy Tynes, who died in 1972. Seven years later, he married Mary Louise Smith Cromwell.

He lived in Baltimore his whole life, moving with his wife to Blakehurst retirement home about three years ago. He had been an usher for many years at Trinity Episcopal Church in Towson.

"He loved his crab meat, corn and tomatoes," said his son, William S. Levy III of Baltimore. "He was real Maryland all the way."

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road, Baltimore. Burial, at Druid Ridge Cemetery, will follow.

In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by two stepchildren, Joan C. Hammond of Baltimore and Robert Cromwell Jr. of Richmond, Va.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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