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Funeral services for Ivan LeVine, 84, a Buffalo businessman and civic leader who helped raise money for numerous charities, were held Sunday in Delaware Park Memorial Chapel.

LeVine, who was known as Clancy, died Thursday (Sept. 23, 1999) in his East Amherst home.

Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Fosdick Masten High School, where he played football and basketball.

He attended the University of Buffalo, where he was the first sophomore to earn a varsity letter in both football and basketball, then transferred to the University of Miami, where he earned a bachelor's degree.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II. Assigned to an engineering battalion, he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Discharged as a first lieutenant in 1943, he worked as a traveling salesman for a year, then returned to Buffalo and, with one of his brothers, opened the Outdoor Store, a war surplus outlet at Main and Carlton streets. Later he owned and operated the former Travelodge Motel and the former Towne House Motel, both at Main and High streets.

He was president of the Buffalo Police Athletic League for more than 20 years. He also served for many years as a $1-a-year consultant for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

He was a past president of the Greater Buffalo Advertising Club and a member of Ismailia Temple, Shriners of North America, and Mystic Arts Lodge 899, Free and Accepted Masons. He also was a member of the Rascals Luncheon Club.

He was active in fund-raising for the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, the March of Dimes, the United Negro College Fund, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the United Jewish Appeal.

During the holidays, he would obtain addresses of needy families after their stories appeared in The Buffalo News and send them money orders anonymously.

Survivors include his wife, the former Wilma Frank; a son, Lawrence, of San Diego; two daughters, Lynn Sabbas of San Diego and Joyce Goldstein of Oak Park, Calif.; and six grandchildren.


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