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Top Stories 2012: Pound Ridge’s Levy Takes Own Life

Murray Levy and his wife, Frances Levy, was a member of the Pound Ridge ZBA until his death at age 95.
Murray Levy and his wife, Frances Levy, was a member of the Pound Ridge ZBA until his death at age 95. Photo Credit: Lisl Steiner

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The Pound Ridge Daily Voice is taking a look back at the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012 .

Tragedy came to Pound Ridge in August when Murray Levy, a longtime Pound Ridge civil servant and member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound . He was 95 years old.

Pound Ridge police said they were called to Levy's home on Pinebrook Road on Wednesday, Aug. 29, for what was reported as an apparent suicide. They did not release any further details.

However, Levy's friends said they felt it was important that his story be told and that he be recognized for his years of service to the town.

“It had been tough for him,” said Lucille Corda, a longtime friend. Corda served 23 years as Pound Ridge town clerk and two years as the town’s first female supervisor from 1996-97. “He had financial problems and there was no end in sight. He couldn’t drive and had become reliant on other people, which he didn’t like.”

Corda said Levy’s wife, Frances, suffered a stroke several years ago and the pressure to look after her weighed on him. Frances Levy passed several days after her husband’s suicide. Corda said they were cremated and there was no formal service or memorial.

“They were a fun couple; they loved to dance,” she said. “I called them the ‘golden couple’ – they were married for more than 70 years.”

Prior to serving on the ZBA, Levy had a stint on the Landmarks and Historic District Commission and was also a member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society.

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