Joel Levitt, 61, owner of Action Duplication, Inc., an electronic media duplication business, died April 26 at his home in Melrose Park.
An established entrepreneur, Levitt started the business from his basement in 1990, and grew his company into one of the few places worldwide to manufacture DVDs, compact discs and run high-speed VHS duplication. Located in West Conshohocken, Action has expanded to include many other services, including USB drives, multimedia replication and promotional products.
He was a past president of the American Independent Media Manufacturers Association.
Active in the community, Levitt supported various philanthropic organizations, including Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and was a board member of the Philadelphia Police Athletic League since June 1997.
He had orchestrated the audio/video presentations during the Philly PAL's annual banquets.
Prior to starting his company, Levitt spent 25 years at WPHL Channel 17 in Philadelphia, beginning in 1968. He worked as a guard and answered phones, moving on to positions of cameraman and then production manager.
A pioneer in local sports broadcasting, Levitt produced Phillies baseball and 76ers basketball games. He was in the production booth when the Phillies won the World Series in 1980 and, in 1983, when the 76ers won the World Championship. He also produced "Dancin' on Air" and many locally aired television commercials.
He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in English.
Levitt is survived by his wife, Patsy Asam Levitt; his mother, Nettie Levitt Weiss; a daughter, Sara Levitt Cooper; sons Adam Levitt and Chad Levitt; brothers Jerry D. Levitt, Harvey J. Levitt and Richard E. Levitt; and a granddaughter.
Memorial contributions can be sent to: the Director of Development, PAL Headquarters, 2524 E. Clearfield St., Philadelphia, PA 19134-5098.