J.P. Wade Levering, 92, foundry owner, veteran

February 07, 2005

J.P. Wade Levering, a retired foundry owner and yacht salesman, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at his Boca Grande, Fla., home. The former Ruxton resident was 92.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Ruxton, he attended the Gilman School and Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J.

In the 1930s he joined the family business, Levering Brothers, a Key Highway foundry, and rose to become president and chairman of the board.

During World War II he served in the Coast Guard and in the merchant marine in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean.

After the war he became president and chief executive officer of National Sash Weight Corp. on Wicomico Street.

In the 1950s, he moved to Palm Beach, Fla., and was president of Florida Yacht Sales, a yacht brokerage.

He was a member of the Elkridge Club and the Bachelors Cotillon.

Mr. Levering was a charter member of the University Baptist Church, where a memorial service will be held at an undetermined date.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, the former Louise LaMontagne; a son, Ernest D. Levering III of Baltimore; a stepdaughter, Louise Hundley McLean of Middleburg, Va.; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter. A daughter, Lee Levering Hensen, died last year.

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