By: E&P Staff
Harold Charles (Hal) Levy, a longtime sportswriter and executive editor for Shore Line Newspapers, died July 24 in Middletown, Conn. Levy, 61, had been battling liver cancer.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Levy served in the Army after college before becoming sports editor of the Groton News in 1975. In 1978, after brief spells as the managing editor of the Wallingford Post and the North Haven Post, Levy became executive sports editor of the Shore Line Newspapers, a group of weekly papers serving coastal communities in Connecticut, including Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, East Haven, and Guilford.
“Hal Levy was the first person I called when I was first named executive editor of Shore Line Newspapers in 1978 with a mandate to make them the best weekly newspapers in New England,” John Peterson, former president and publisher of the Shore Line Newspapers told the Pictorial Gazette of Old Lyme/Old Saybrook. “We went from no sports to being repeatedly recognized as the best weekly sports section in New England, all because of Hal.”
Under Levy’s guidance, the Shore Line Newspapers sports department received more than 30 awards from the New England Press Association for top-three finishes in the region in sports section, column, and writing categories.
In addition to his duties at Shore Line, Levy did work as a freelancer, writing for, among others, the Associated Press and Baseball America magazine. But his greatest legacy was his devotion to Connecticut high school sports. He was an official scorer for state, regional and national American Legion baseball tournaments. He also kept standings for the Shoreline Conference and the Southern Connecticut Conference.
“Hal started our sports department from scratch 30 years ago and turned it into one of the best weekly sports sections in the state, if not the country,” said Jimmy Zanor, the senior sports editor for the Shore Line Newspapers in a statement. “Hal’s legacy and his commitment to excellence will continue on as we cope with his passing.”