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Levine, Richard September 19, 1943 - November 9, 2023

Dr. Richard Levine

Dr. Richard Levine passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2023 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 80.  His contagious smile never left him until the very end.

Born in Bayonne, NJ, he graduated from Bayonne High School and then went on to Newark State College (Kean University), teaching science and math at John Adams School in Edison upon graduation.  After a few years of teaching, he received a stipend to study for his master’s degree in school psychology at Montclair State College and then went on to Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology where he received his PsyD.  He returned to Edison Schools where he worked in Special Services until his retirement in 2000.  He then continued as a psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in private practice, with offices in Metuchen, Piscataway and Shrewsbury.

Richard saw good in everyone and always went out of his way to help people.  Everyone was his friend.  Upon moving to Ocean Grove in 1999, he became an active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Ushers.

He was predeceased by his parents Bernard and Anna Levine and brother Michael.  He leaves behind his wife Florence, his son Stephen and wife Kerri, his daughter Marcy and partner Brian Cooke, and granddaughters, Sara and Katy.

Gifts in Richard’s memory can be made to St. Paul’s UMC/Angel Fund, 80 Embury Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ  07756.  The Angel Fund offers assistance to those in the community who are in need.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit


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    D La Bruno says

    He was a God sent to my family.. He saved my marriage. When my son was self cutting Rich helped turned his life around. On our recommendation Rich helped my cousin’s daughter. Rest in peace my friend.

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    Isabel Lehnhoff says

    With deepest sympathy to Dr. Levine’s family. The time he so generously gave was a blessing especially when my late husband, Michael, and I were dealing with Michael’s illness. He showed us how to deal with the challenges of Life and put us on a stronger path. Dr. Levine has often been remember and will remain in memory with warmth and appreciation. RIP, Dear Dr. Levine.

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    Kate Lutter says

    I worked with Rich when I was a teacher at John Adams Middle School. I was a relatively new teacher, struggling with some of my students, and he was on the Child Study Team there. I’ll never forget his helpful advice, his unique ability to listen, his empathetic spirit, and his smiling face. He was one of a kind–always kind and generous with his time. The world has lost a truly wonderful person. My condolences to his family.

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    Edward Esposito says

    With deepest sympathy to the Levine family. Florence, I will never forget the time Richard counseled my son Christopher & you drove him to YMCA day camp when his mother was sick. Richard will be sorely missed. .

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    Cynthia Tosatto Harris says

    Dr. Levine got me through the difficulties of dealing with both my parents with dementia while raising a one-year old & my mother-in-law also having dementia. It was such a very, very impossible time. I am forever grateful for his compassion. Deepest Sympathy to his family. May Dr. Levine RIP & RIH ✝️

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