Marc William Levine "Lightning"
1945 - 2021
Marc W. Levine passed from battling cancer in the comfort of his home with his long-time companion/fiance by his side.
Born in Portland, Maine to Simone J. & Anne E. Levine. He was "the Baby", the only son, with 2 older sisters Marilyn and Sharon.
In his earlier years, Marc worked in his father's Dry-Cleaning business. He branched out into fixing any all things mechanical in his teen years. This included building cars out of junk parts in the family's front lawn. This led to his love of Racing. For several years he raced stock cars all over Maine.
You could always find him working on a racecar or in the pits. In later years he was content watching Nascar races. Sometimes even taking a "Nascar Nap".
Marc did a brief time in the Air Force. He-worked at Hughes Aircraft and always said he worked for "Uncle Howard". He invented an electrical part that stopped test pilot crashes. When he came back to Maine, he opened a gas station "The Flying A". Then owned a towing service "No Preference Towing".
Marc always searched for things to stimulate his mind while satisfying his love for machinery. He learned how to do electrical work and earned his Master Electrician's license. At the same time, he took junk pieces of car parts and turned them into his company vehicle.
Still needing to absorb knowledge he went to night school to learn refrigeration. In 1972 He started Lightning Electric and Refrigeration. For 49 years he worked small residential jobs, large commercial jobs, and construction. If he saw a person or a small company struggling, he would not charge for his services. Other times he would talk people through a problem over the phone, again with no fee. He would stop by or call his clients just to see if they were doing okay. Marc treated his clients as friends, and most were close to his heart. He gave clients his home phone number, telling them they could call 24/7. Portland and surrounding restaurants will greatly miss his expertise.
Although he was tested at genius level, he was extremely humble about his intelligence. He would read a book a night unless he was studying electric code or looking at schematic/blueprints. He was infatuated with tools. If Milwaukee came out with a new tool, he wanted to own it. Marc was a true dog lover. He never left the house without dog treats for any four legger that he met. He carried a ziplock bag of dog treats in his bathrobe. Molly and Max-"the wonder puppy" were on the receiving end of those bathrobe treats.
There are too many accomplishments in his life to list. Most he treated as just another day. The proudest moment of his life was not his accomplishment. It was his daughter Sonia's graduation from Law school, he was so proud of her.
Marc is predeceased by his parents Simone J. & Anne Empie Levine, also his eldest sister Marilyn Stone.
He is survived by his cherished sister & brother-in-law Sharon & Charles McDermott. His beloved daughter and son-in-law Sonia & Charles Buck.. Sonia's brother David Bridges. All his nieces and nephews David McDermott, Tracy Banks, Brian McDermott, Kimberly Lawrence, Dr. Jeffrey Stone, Shawn Stone, Scott Silver, and Steve Silver.
His companion/fiance Debbie Smith, loyal friend Gary Lemmons, along with numerous friends, and business clients.
As per Marc's request there will be a private gathering later.
Debbie and Marc's family would like to thank everyone for their kindness and compassion during this time.
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