Friday, January 12, 2007

Allen Levin, Dead at 62

Pensacola native Allen Levin died today of a heart attack. He was 62.

More later below.

Allen Richard Levin, age 62 of Pensacola, passed away Friday morning, January 12, 2007. Born in Pensacola, he was one of six sons of Abe and Rose Levin. Brothers Martin and David predeceased Allen, as did Allen's parents.

Allen was diagnosed with lung cancer in November, 2005, and in the spring of 2006, was given a few months to live. However, he received a double lung transplant at the University of Pittsburgh and was cancer free when he died at Baptist Hospital of a heart attack.

Allen was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He leaves a loving wife, Teri, who during these trying times, was his health advocate and took incredible care of his needs. In addition, he leaves children, Evan Levin and his wife, Windy, and their daughter, Ella Rose, and his son, Andrew Rothfeder, his wife, Sara, and their three children, Austin, Cassidy and Hunter. He also leaves brothers Herman of Boca Raton, and Fredric and Stanley of Pensacola.

Allen was a graduate of Pensacola High School and the University of Florida. He was one of the largest and most successful condominium developers on the Gulf Coast. In addition to a number of commercial buildings that he developed in the Pensacola area, he was the prime developer on Pensacola Beach of Tristan Tower, Verandas, Emerald Isle and the five towers of Portofino. At the present time he, along with his long-time development partner Robert Rinke and Allen's sons, Andrew and Evan, were developing the Beach Club, one of the finest resort condominiums in the state of Florida.

Allen made substantial contributions to various charities throughout Florida and in addition, as part of his developments on Pensacola Beach, insisted on substantial beautification of the island, much of which will be accomplished over the next few years.

Allen's desires were for a private ceremony for family, at which his nephew Martin Levin and his dear friend Mark Proctor will give the eulogy. The family will celebrate his life with a memorial service at a later date.

The family would like to thank his health care providers and especially Dr. Alex Inclan, Dr. Bob Harbour and Dr. Jeff Buchalter for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family would suggest that charitable contributions be made to United Way or Gulf Coast Kids House.

Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 1/13/2007.

"The one word I can think of to describe Allen was 'class,' " Fred Levin said. "He was just a class act."

Longtime friend and Pensacola developer Jim Cronley said Mr. Levin possessed an especially engaging and warm personality.
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"I don't normally use the term 'sweetheart' to describe another man, but that's what Allen was," Cronley said.

"And he was very decent person. You can't be in business and not have some misunderstandings from time to time. But I don't know anybody who did business with him who didn't like him."


Greg Teski said...

This is very sad news. He was a good man. Like it or not Allen Levin left his mark on Pensacola Beach. It will be there a long time.

Linda L. said...

Very sad indeed. Find myself wondering whether any possible future Portofino convention center, as recently discussed in the media, might somehow be named after Levin. Regardless of how I feel about a convention center on a barrier island, if it's gonna be built anyway (and time will tell about that), naming it after Allen Levin would seem a fitting tribute. Just a thought. said...

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