Jay E. Levy, age 76 of Pinehurst, North Carolina—formerly of Baltimore, Maryland—passed away Friday, March 12, 2021.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he was the beloved son of the late Herman B. and Ruth (Garber) Levy. 

Jay is survived by his wife Deborah (Debbie) Clark Levy; children Joshua (Tara) Levy, Ben (Stacy Landsman) Levy, Katherine (Jeremy Epstein) Levy, and Emily (Ross Dubin) Levy, all of Baltimore, Maryland; and four granddaughters Corinne Levy, Keira Levy, Hannah Levy, and Clara Epstein.  

Jay was a 1966 graduate of Miami University of Ohio and a 1970 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Jay enjoyed a long and successful career as a healthcare attorney, serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and General Counsel to North Arundel Hospital, Union of Cecil Hospital, and Carroll Hospital Center. 

Jay was passionate about golf. Some of his favorite times were spent on the golf course with friends or his favorite companion, Debbie.  When not on the golf course, he was happiest with Debbie wandering around the Musée d’Orsay admiring Monet’s Waterlilies.  

Jay was a devoted father to his four children; he attended every sporting event, orchestra concert, and graduation.  He took immense pride in all their accomplishments but never missed an opportunity to showcase his superior trivia knowledge while watching Jeopardy.  

Over the course of his life, Jay was a loving caretaker for numerous spoiled Airedale and Wire Fox Terriers.

A graveside service will be 11:00 AM Sunday, March 14, 2021 at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Southern Pines with Rabbi Kenneth Brickman presiding. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center in honor of the UNC Multiple Myeloma Program. Checks may be made payable to “UNC Health Foundation” with Jay Levy’s name in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to 123 W. Franklin Street, Ste. 510 Chapel Hill, NC 27516 or visit give.unc.edu to donate online. In the dropdown menu, please designate to fund number 378437.

The family will be sitting shiva Monday – Wednesday at 11710 Fallswood Terrace, Lutherville, MD 21093.



Graveside Service: March 14, 2021 11:00 am

Pinelawn Memorial Park
1105 Morganton Road
Southern Pines, NC 28387


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  1. I will miss his bear hugs that threatened to dislocate a rib… and his gentle smile letting us know how happy he was to us.

  2. We are so sorry to learn of Jay’s passing. What a great man! We will miss the golf and dinners on the deck!

  3. Dearest Debbie and Family, Jay is one of those people that you don’t forget when you meet him…he is connected, smart, cleverly witty, can discuss with intelligence many topics and does so with sensitivity and respect for multiple opinions….He was a positive force on this planet….I am sorry that I will not be able to be there at his services tomorrow….
    Sincerely and with great respect and love…..Vickie Bowles

  4. Jay was a very influential person in my life. His friendship and guidance helped me greatly in times when I was struggling. His fellowship gave me great joy every time we were together. He was a good generous selfless man. He was a true mench! His physical presence will be sorely missed however a part of him will always be with me. Although distance and timing prevent me from being at his funeral, I am there with you in spirit. Love to you Debbie and all of his family. Mitch Fox

  5. Dear Debbie and Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences on Jay’s passing, your beloved husband, father, grandfather and our friend. Sheree and I so enjoyed the both of you visiting our home years ago and I fondly look back upon the visits that Jay made to Hurricane for our wonderful golf weekends. I really appreciated the effort that Jay made to attend the weekends as I know it was very difficult. Jay and I have known each other for 70+ years. In our latter years our paths crossed not so much, but he always made room for our friendship in his life. I have always considered Jay to be a true friend and will miss him dearly.

    With sympathy,

  6. Ben,
    I am very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family, and may your dad rest in peace.

  7. Jay and I started practicing against each other in 1970 in the old District Court. We became very friendly adversaries with Swede Murphy. Jay moved on to the attorney Generals office . I started doing wc Comp against Debbie Peyton. Years later I am at a golf course in Pennsylvania and see Debbie and find out the Levy she married was Jay. We ended up at Piney Branch together and had fun times playing golf togtherand talking about the old days. I never meet a happier couple together and they maty be the only golf couple that never disagreed on the course. Debbie I am deeply saddened by your loss of beloved partner. I just celebrated 50 years of practice and remebering those first years with a good guy like Jay brings a tear to my eye . All my love to you and your family Steve Seigel

  8. Debbie and Emily, We were so sorry to hear of Jay’s passing. He was a lovely and kind man. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our love and condolences – Rebecca Olin and Liz Anders

  9. Josh and Ben,

    We are so sorry about your loss. Jay was a dear neighbor and friend for many years. We have fond memories of him coaching Little League with Ben and Erik.
    Please accept our sincere condolences.

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