Salvatore Joseph Leva, 66, owner of marina in Riva


Salvatore Joseph Leva had an unusual and unbusinesslike approach for payments at his boat repair business: Take the money if the customer had it; if not, take his word for future payment.

"That's just the way he was," said his daughter, Constance A. Belcher of Odenton. "He felt the customer really needed their boat and would come back and pay. He was more concerned about them getting back out on the water with their boat."

Mr. Leva, 66, who died Thursday of leukemia at Johns Hopkins Hospital, owned and was the sole employee of Beards Creek Marina in Riva since 1985.

The business near Annapolis, overlooking the South River, was minutes from his Cape St. Claire home and where he spent a good chunk of his time scraping barnacles, fixing motors and painting boats six days a week.

But the marina is also where Mr. Leva went crabbing on warm days with his grandchildren and held crab feasts afterward, and where he'd often sit and admire the waterfront -- and enjoy being proprietor of a business that was truly his.

"He took a lot of pride in that boatyard," Ms. Belcher said. "He wanted everything to be perfect. It was his business and he liked being his own boss."

Mr. Leva was born and raised in Baltimore, where he attended vocational school and was trained as a machinist.

He served in the Marines from 1951 to 1959 and held several jobs before working as a marine mechanic at Gibson Island Yacht Yard from 1969 to 1982 and then Lilly Brothers Yacht Yard and Yacht Sales in Annapolis until 1985, when he took over the Beards Creek Marina.

He worked mostly on vessels 50 feet or smaller with inboard motors, and also was skilled at auto mechanics.

Samuel Reddy, a friend and former customer, said Mr. Leva worked slowly but was a perfectionist who would keep a boat in his marina until the smallest of details were completed.

"With him, you knew it would be done right," Mr. Reddy said. "When he painted a hull, it was always just right."

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Barranco and Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.

Besides his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 38 years, the former Wanda Hartzell; two sons, Salvatore S. Leva of Severn and Thomas C. Leva of Annapolis; two other daughters, Karen J. Leva of Stevensville and Sandra L. Herrmann of Annapolis; a brother, Vincent Leva of Baltimore; two sisters, Theresa Cover and Rita Muffoletto, both of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Society, 200 E. Joppa Road, Suite 102B, Towson 21204.

Charles G. Jules, 73, president of company Charles G. Jules, a retired executive whose interests included art, horses and model railroading, died Saturday of a coronary at Sinai Hospital. The Stevenson resident was 73.

In 1947, he joined Gary Beauty Supply Co., a wholesale beauty supply and equipment firm on Pennsylvania Avenue. He retired as president in 1988 when it was sold to North American Beauty Services and was a consultant to the buyer for several years.

He collected art, bred thoroughbred horses at Glass-Jule Farm near Westminster, raised prize-winning roses and tropical fish, and was a bird-watcher.

But model railroading and model airplanes probably interested him the most. He built an HO-gauge railroad that occupied a 35-foot-by-35-foot area of his basement and thousands of model airplanes, all accurately painted and decorated with decals.

After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1941, the West Baltimore native attended the Johns Hopkins University and worked with his father, who operated Jules Haberdashery on Pennsylvania Avenue, catering to many of the performers playing the Royal Theater next door.

During World War II, he was an aircraft inspector at Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

He was a member of Greenspring Valley Synagogue, B'Nai B'Rith, Big Boys of Baltimore and the Zionist Organization of America.

Services were held yesterday. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, the former Marjorie Weitzman-Marmer; a daughter, Stefanie Jules Zimmerman of Owings Mills; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 5/13/97

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