Levi Anthony Carrier – Beloved Father & Husband, Prolific Business Man – Passes Away
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 3:34 PM, Levi Anthony Carrier, age 77, of Wilbraham, MA passed away peacefully, surrounded by close family and loved ones.
Levi was a fiercely-loved father, husband, brother, son, and friend. He was the embodiment of strength and masculinity, balanced by boundless generosity, kindness, and compassion. Levi was well known for his positive attitude and ability to make the best of a bad situation, which served him well over the last several years of his life, as he valiantly fought Lewy Body Dementia. As the disease progressed, Levi’s sense of humor, charisma, and positive outlook never wavered. He died, as he lived, an inspiration to so many.
During his teenage years in Chicopee and at the lake in West Brookfield, MA, Lee excelled at sports (swimming, water skiing, wrestling) and mastered the art of mischief making. Over the years, Lee delighted in telling stories of his youth – the countless pranks, the cars driven a bit too fast, the money won playing cards, and the many ways he escaped the wrath of the Cathedral High School nuns.
In 1967, Levi began his business career at Ludlow Corp in Holyoke, MA. Over the next 35 years, he would go from an order desk clerk to the president of the company. During his 22-year tenure leading the Ludlow team, he grew sales from $12.4 million to well over $530 million, made 22 acquisitions, and achieved an impressive 24% return on sales.
To say he was a talented, prolific businessman and leader would be an understatement. He loved his work – the thrill of negotiation, the adrenaline rush from competing, and the satisfaction of a job well done. But his gift wasn’t in just growing his company and in generating profits. His finest quality was the way he treated his team – with respect, kindness, and compassion. He truly loved his staff, and they loved him in return.
While Levi loved work, he loved his girls, Michelle and Nicole, even more. His kids always came first. He went to all of their games, coached their youth sports teams, rough-housed with them, crafted ‘poo poo platters’ on Saturday mornings, and delighted in taking them water skiing and tubing. Anyone who even remotely knew Levi knew how incredibly proud he was of his girls. He spent hundreds of hours of his life bragging about his kids’ accomplishments – both big and small.
Levi was an incredible role model. He taught his girls the value of hard work and the power of kindness, all while instilling in them strength and confidence. Unlike many of his contemporaries in the 80s, he hired and promoted the best – regardless of gender. His daughters got to witness first-hand the sheer, uncontainable joy he displayed upon convincing his “dream candidate” (a woman) to move to Massachusetts and head up marketing for him. They saw the way he cherry picked the smartest of his first wife Diane’s friends from Smith College to join his team. His girls got to see the way he treated the women in his life like gold. Through his actions, Levi demonstrated to his daughters that women can do anything, giving them the confidence to take risks and pursue their dreams.
In 2002, Levi retired from Ludlow, and settled down on Lake Mascoma in Enfield, NH with his wife and soul mate, Pat. During retirement, Lee generously devoted countless hours of his time to the town of Enfield. He joined the Enfield Budget Committee in the Fall of 2002, and served as the Chairmen from 2004 to 2009. Throughout the years he also chaired the 78 Main Street Property Committee, headed up the Town of Enfield Capital Improvement Program, and served as the President of the Enfield Village Association, too.
In his spare time, Levi enjoyed woodworking, traveling, entertaining, watching the Patriots, making sundae bars for the grandkids, and, perhaps most of all, eating chocolate. Levi loved a good meal – whether eating out, or enjoying something he lovingly put together from Bon Appétit. He delighted in puttering around the lake on his pontoon boat with his family, enjoying fine cheeses and drinking craft beer. He took great pleasure in both watching and helping his youngest daughter and her partner, Annette Lee, start a brewery – contributing plenty of elbow grease and business advice. He loved spending time there enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Levi leaves behind his wife Patricia; his two daughters Nicole Carrier and Michelle Tvaryanas; his son-in-law Anthony and grandson Jonathon Tvaryanas; step-daughters Lisa and Jeannine; five step-grandchildren Roger, Nicole, Samantha, Alexis and Tyler; three step-great grandchildren Deonte, Carter and Roman; his brother John and sister-in-law Kathy; sister Doris and brother-in-law David; sister Rachel; and his beloved, strong and sassy 102-year old mother, Helene, who he absolutely adored.
Plans for a celebration of Levi’s life are in the works for late spring/early summer. Anyone who knew or loved this strong, generous, and caring man will be welcome to attend.
Donations may be made in memory of Levi to: LewyBodyDementiaAssociation@LBDA.org
or by mail to:
912 Killian Hill Rd, SW
Lilburn, GA 30047
Wilbraham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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