Jacob Levin

March 6, 2014
BY Story and photo by Melissa Gerr
A warm smile and a heart of gold

030714_Jacob-Levin-obitJacob (Jake) Levin was known to family and friends as a man with a huge heart of gold. Levin died March 1 at the age of 98.

Many remember him from his years behind the counter at Levin’s Bakery on Patterson Park and Fairmount avenues or from his longtime membership in the Jewish Educational Alliance. Still, others knew him as the “mayor” of the Envoy of Pikesville, where he was a resident in his last few years.

Levin was quick to offer a warm smile and ready with a joke, always willing to brighten someone’s day.

Family was with him every day at the Envoy and even if he was feeling frail or a bit under the weather, he always had a kind word and showed great care toward others. Levin was also very proud of his Jewish faith, said family members and friends.

At a young age, Levin sold bread and rolls door-to-door to help out the family business during tough times before he was old enough to work at the bakery. When he returned from serving four-and-half years in the military during World War II, he and his wife, Charlotte, took over the bakery from his parents and brought it to greater success. Levin’s Bakery — eventually Levin Brothers — was a fixture in the Jewish community.

Levin created a successful business, raised a caring family, showed unwavering dedication to his parents and served in two wars.

Steve Levin, his son, described his father’s legacy very simply: “He’s led an ordinary life in a very extraordinary way.”

Levin was husband of the late Charlotte Levin (nee Katzoff); father of Stephen Levin and Anita Levin (Harold) Felinton; brother of Irvin (Louise) Levin; grandfather of Joseph Golden and Sara (Adam) Pearlstein; and great-grandfather of Hayden Pearlstein.

mgerr@jewishtimes.com


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  1. Anita Levin

    Thanks, Melissa. Thanks for your tribute to my dad. Perfectly written. Also, thanks for honoring him with your presence at his service and at the shiva house. Keep in touch. Fondly, Anita Levin

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