Anselmo Leander Levy was born on December 26, 1929 in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He is the son of Adolphus Levy and Emily Freeman. He was strong, determined and a man’s man. His daily activities were guided by a predictable pattern of events and structure. However there was also another side of him. This was the Anselmo Levy that we all knew and loved who was gregarious, fun loving and always ready for a good time. He spent some of his most enjoyable moments entertaining at his home, cooking for his guests, listening to music, dancing, partying, playing cards, studying his computer, doing taxes, reading the newspaper, traveling, and watching baseball and wrestling.
In his early years he was challenged with “the asthma” as he called it and it kept him thin and constantly fighting off allergies to dust and feathers. However in the late 1950s he moved to New York City and overcame many of his challenges. His first job after arriving in New York was with the National Council of Churches were he worked until he retired in 1995. After moving to New York City he also married and became the proud father of three daughters who he adored and who loved him. When his daughters moved to Maryland as young women he created valued memories through time spent visiting them and his grandchildren to whom is was fondly known as “Poopah”.
He was also an active member and treasurer for the Virgin Islands Castaways Social Club where he enjoyed many fulfilling years of travel and interactions with friends who shared a rich Caribbean culture and a love of life.
In his later days he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer and glaucoma. As each progressed they stole a part of his independence which he sought to preserve. As a determined spirit, a man’s man, a believer in God’s grace and a lover of life he fought a good fight.
He is survived by his sister Sonia Levy; his three daughters Lisa Levy Horton, Michelle Levy Williams and Verna Levy; his son in laws Robert Horton and Atrice Williams; six grandchildren Antwan Levy, Tremayne Morant, Chantel Levy and Malcolm, Malika and Mattea Horton; four great grandchildren Isaiah Gladden, Jaydon Wiggins, Nalani Hill-Levy and Chloe Scott and a host of other family and friends.
Services will be held in New York, for information contact McCall’s Funeral Home Bronxwood Bronx, NY (718) 231 7647
I met Anselmo via my late best friend Norma Levy.
He was a very friendly and outgoing person. He volunteered to become my sponsor when I needed my citizenship. beside being friendly he was also very accomodating,sincere and to the point, when he spoke.
If and when I requested any help or assistanct from him he was willing to do so as long as it was for a good cause. We ( my husband and myself will sadly miss him.)May he rest in Peace