Sue Levinsky, 59

Sun, 05/01/2011 - 2:00pm

Sue Levinsky, one-time columnist for the Block Island Times, died on April 10, 2011, in Connecticut

For the last several years she had been the companion and caregiver of part-time island resident Gil Plumb, who passed away in Essex, Conn., 20 days before her death.

Sue, who had battled breast cancer, was known for her colorful ways and for the “Clammin’ Miranda” turban she wore working behind the bar at several island establishments in the 1990s and early 2000s. At times, she was also on the staff of the Airport diner. In 2004, she relocated to Vero Beach, Fla., where she lived until moving to Essex some three years ago to take care of Gil.

Sue was the inspiration for the annual Polish Day parade held in late winter, early spring on the island, including the backward march and bowling with frozen cabbages, one of her favorite creations.

Sue’s family — mother, father and sister — live in Waterbury, Conn. Details for an on-island memorial service will appear in a future Block Island Times.

Richard Wood, also a former Times writer, prepared this obituary.