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Robert Edwin Lavin, 76, Owned Assisted-Living Facilit​ies

December 28, 2006
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Robert Edwin Lavin, 76, retired proprietor of assisted-living facilities and real estate investor and developer, died Dec. 5. He was a resident of Villanova.

Lavin started his first business by selling work shoes out of the trunk of his car to employees at Philadelphia-area service stations and factories. After a brief service in the U.S. Navy, he took over and expanded his father's retirement hotel business.

Lavin's business interests evolved from assisted-living homes into real estate development and investment.

He also had a love of motorcycling, flying (he acquired his private, commercial and instrument ratings licenses in 1972) and playing the trumpet.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosalind Lavin; daughter Stacy Lavin; sons Howard Lavin, Mark Lavin, Alan Lavin and Scott Lavin; sisters Anna Hartka, Isabel Levin and Ruth Brown; brother Joseph Lavin; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made to: the Lustgarten Foundation, c/o its Web site (www.lustgartenfoundation.org/LUS/CDA/Help.jsp).

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