With extreme sadness!
On July 2nd my teacher, mentor, instructor “Stan Levine”, passed
away! He left me with tons of Diamond Setting knowledge. I’ve known
him since 1960 & through my many 9 years of training, I acquired much
of my experience directly from him.
We worked together in Toronto for 14 years @ “Siffari Jewellers”.
Through some personal tough years, I achieved what a ‘setter’ must
know before going on my own. We kept in constant communication &
every so often visiting & sharing meals.
In the beginning years, just after starting, my Father asked him to
teach me a trade. He took me under his wings & taught me ‘non-stop’.
Even in those earlier years, he saw that I had an aptitude for
’Bright-Cutting’, my Dad & Stan were happy.
While he was in the hospital last year, for lung-cancer, I showed
him my “Guinness World Record” certificate. His face just beamed
with joy & totally proud & satisfied in knowing of what he gave me. a
full training in being a qualified ‘Diamond-Setter’.
So my dearest friends on Orchid, you are viewing much of what he has
given me. Now you are learning from ‘him’, through me!..In my mind,
he is still alive! I feel at this time we should ‘honour’ those who
gave us a beginning.
"Stan, its time for you to please put your setting-tools
down!..'Rest in Peace"…;> ( *Gerry Lewy…