Dr. Robert (Bob) Levine died peacefully on Dec. 4 in Stuart, Fla. with his family at his bedside. He was 84.

He was born on Martha’s Vineyard to Ida and David Levine on Oct. 19, 1937 and grew up on the Island, which he would forever call his home. He attended boarding school at Northfield Mt. Hermon and then Colby College and the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University. He served as a captain in the Air Force, working as a dentist.

As a successful dentist in the heart of Boston, his skilled hands helped thousands of patients over the years. Fortunately, he shared his talents with students at Harvard Dental School as adjunct faculty, winning the teacher of the year award for his efforts. As a father in Wellesley, he spent many evenings creating masterpieces in the form of scale model ships, a pastime he learned from real shipbuilders in Vineyard Haven during his childhood. Several of these models were housed in Boston museums over the years.

Bob had many hobbies and was gifted at all of his pursuits in life. A competitive athlete, he loved golf and tennis. He enjoyed playing with his family and friends while imparting his expertise to those around him. He loved gardening with his wife Barbara, traveling with his family, fishing, boating and renovating everything in his sights.

Whatever Bob did, he wanted it to be at the top of his game. He enjoyed life to its fullest. He truly never sat down until he collapsed at the end of the day. During retirement, he loved spending time on the golf course at Farm Neck and watching the nesting ospreys. He enjoyed art and helped to restore model ships for Islanders. If you were lucky enough to know Bob well, he would always go out of his way to help you with his kindness and generosity. He is greatly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Barbara, and his children Mike, Rachel, Josh and their families.

Donations can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Martha’s Vineyard.