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Stephen Louis Levin

Stephen Levin Obituary

Stephen Louis Levin

9/24/46 - 11/30/23

Stephen passed away at home on November 30th at 9:20pm.  Diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer on February 7, 2023, he fought the good fight till the last day.

Native of Philadelphia.  Son of Joseph Levin and Lilly Levin (née Weisfeld)deceased; brother to Arlene Kofsky (née Levin) deceased.  

He attended Philadelphia College of Textiles and Sciences, receiving a B.S. in business in1968.  He moved to San Francisco in 1971 and graduated from San Francisco State in 1974 with an M.A. in Special Education.  He taught for 13 years in San Mateo and San Francisco as an itinerant teacher for the visually impaired.  He transitioned to the Antique business in 1985 - a business about which he was passionate.  He was a true dealer and merchant and had two antique shops in Noe Valley.   He left that business for a time and went into the financial sector and received security licenses in stocks, mutual funds and insurance and traded successfully for himself.  He returned to Antiques in the early 2000s but his focus turned to art.  Starting with an interest in early California Art he expanded but always stayed with what appealed to his eye.  He enjoyed dealing with artists directly,  including Heinie Hartwig and the family of Dean Colichidas. 

Steve Is survived by the love of his life Dr. Ali Navarro.  Together since 1992, they moved from Noe Valley to Marin in 1998 when he and Ali bought an old Arts and Crafts bungalow on the historic list in San Rafael's Gerstle Park and spent time restoring it.  

Steve was a major foodie, a major sports fan, played a lot of pick up basketball and baseball, a jazz fan and enjoyed gardening and his roses very much.  He had some wonderful dogs and was devoted to them: Rockie a Golden Retriever, Denali a Samoyed and most recently, BO-a Sammy who can be seen holding court occasionally at Red Hill Dog Park in San Anselmo.

Steve was a wonderful companion and a great love with a gift for being totally PRESENT and a pragmatic approach to life's challenges.  

Thanks to Kaiser San Rafael, and Anatara Medicine, San Francisco for his medical care.  A special thanks to his cousin,Saul Weisfeld, who helped him survive and added to the quality of his life in his last months.  

At his request there will be no memorial.  He is survived by his loving wife, Ali, and his cousins Saul Weisfeld, Paula Freedman (née Weisfeld), Arthur Weisfeld (Dr. Virginia Brabender), Judy Levy (née Weisfeld)(Dr. Robert Levy),and Donna and Barry Morein. 

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