Tributes pour in for ‘Hibs casual’ Ivor Levine, described as ‘devoted husband and loving dad’

Ivor Levine was a dedicated Hibs supporter and volunteer for charities
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Tributes have poured in for Ivor Levine (Rollo), known and loved as one of the ‘original Hibs lads’, after he died, age 51.

The dad-of-three, known as ‘Levo’ among his peers, was a regular at Easter Road for more than two decades. In his younger days, he dedicated his time outside match days to the Capital City Service (CCS), Hibernian’s notorious football casuals. Away from the terraces, he was a fierce supporter of a number of charities and used his love of the beautiful game to bring people together to support causes close to his heart.

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His death has sent shock waves through the Hibs community with tributes pouring in from fellow Hibs fan group members, as well as fans from rival teams, following his passing last Wednesday, October 18.

Ivor pictured (main photo, furthest on the right) 
Photo from Original CasualsIvor pictured (main photo, furthest on the right) 
Photo from Original Casuals
Ivor pictured (main photo, furthest on the right) Photo from Original Casuals

A GoFundMe page launched to help his family pay for funeral costs has netted more than £3100 of the £5000 target in the first 24 hours.

An obituary posted by The Original Casuals Social Club said: “The tragic news of Ivor’s death highlights the unyielding character that characterised him throughout his life. As a true original Hibs lad, he personified the undying support, friendship, and solidarity that can only be found on the football field.

“Our paths in life eventually diverged, but the memories of the fun we had together, the songs we sang, and the bonds we made will never fade. Ivor Levine was a vital part of our history and much more than a buddy. The fact that he was always there to cheer on Hibernian FC and never gave up shows just how committed he is to the team.

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“He was the prototypical loner, a character whose fervor and dedication set the bar high and served as an example for all of us. Our hearts break for Ivor’s loved ones as they suffer this terrible loss. We feel your loss and can only try to fathom the anguish of losing such a significant person in your life.

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“The Original Casuals Social Club will always carry Ivor’s spirit with us, and his memory will continue on as a monument to his enduring legacy. As we say goodbye to Ivor, we take comfort in the knowledge that we will someday be reunited in a world where the cheers are endless and the relationships are indestructible.

“The original lone wolf has passed away; may he rest in peace. We’ll never forget you, and we can’t wait for the day we’ll see you again.”

Friends and family paid tribute to Mr Levine, with many describing him as ‘gentleman’.

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Sister-in-law Kirsty Rollo-Gunn told the Evening News: “Ivor passed suddenly on Wednesday morning 18th October with his family by his side. Ivor Rollo (Levine) was a loving husband to his wife of 20 years, Emma and adoring Dad to his 3 children, Lucy, Daniel and Robbie.

“Since meeting his soulmate, Ivor devoted his life to his family bringing laughter every single day. He loved to wind people up and tease Emma and his kids. He was always welcoming, generous and very caring to his large extended family who would joke he talked too much! He was an absolute gentleman and a unique character with his goofy personality, quirky dress sense and eccentric jewellery.”

“His devastated parents and parents-in-law are all very close to Emma and the kids which gives them comfort through this difficult time.”

Neil Miller said: “Mr Burberry, a special guy to all who knew him and those who didn’t. Iconic and original. Best nights of my life spent with him and Duncan and old pal Shaun up Lothian Road.”

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Stevie Carr said: “Very sad news, another great lad gone far too soon. You think of Ivor and you think of that Burberry outfit, that fantastic smile he always had that stretched from ear to ear... a gentleman and a good friend that would have your back.”

Nicola Grant said: “A lovely lad who became the most dedicated husband and committed dad. Thinking of the Levine and Rollo family at this very sad time.”

The GoFundMe page said: “We're all devastated in hearing the loss of Ivor Levine. Ivor was a unique character whilst being a true gent and will be sorely missed by all. Ivor leaves behind his wife Emma and his three kids Lucy, Daniel and Robbie, all devastated by the loss of a devoted husband and loving dad.”

A service to remember Mr Levine will be held at Seafield Crematorium, Edinburgh, at 11am on Friday, November 10. There will be a collection in his memory which will be donated to the Melville Unit at Edinburgh Sick Kids hospital.

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