Allan Levin

September 12, 1930 – June 11, 2018

allan levinRegistered Pharmacist Retires

My father retired from over 50 years serving the public as a beloved and highly trusted pharmacist, including at his Kent Drugs in Detroit and Beacon Hill Pharmacy in Southfield. These interviews with loyal customers and employees were conducted outside Beacon Hill Pharmacy on November 21-23, 2005. This was presented to honor his 80th birthday in 2009.

Allan Levin passed away on June 11, 2018 after nearly 10 years struggling with Alzheimers/dementia. May his memory live on through the memory and words of those who loved him.

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Funeral Service - June 14, 2018

Ira Kaufman Chapel
Southfield, Michigan

No Hard Feelings - The Avett Brothers

My personal eulogy for my father.

No Hard Feelings
Lessons from A Father
Howard Levin

Lately I’ve been finding connections to my father in surprising ways. But I want to share with you a song that has stuck with me for months. I cried the very first time I heard it - for whatever reason - it transported me right into my father’s consciousness. I’ve listened to it daily, often repeatedly. I am not a traditionally spiritual man but this song speaks to me, and my experience of him, in a deeply personal manner. Yesterday it hit me like a lightening bolt: This song is about how my father lived his life without enemies, without holding grudges, without a sense of regret.

Here is the song “no hard feelings” written by the Avett Brothers.

When my body won’t hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Will I be ready?
When my feet won’t walk another mile
And my lips give their last kiss goodbye
Will my hands be steady?
When I lay down my fears
My hopes and my doubts
The rings on my fingers
And the keys to my house

With no hard feelings

When the sun hangs low in the west
And the light in my chest
Won’t be kept held at bay any longer
When the jealousy fades away
And it's ash and dust
And it's just hallelujah

With no hard feelings

Lord knows they haven't done
Much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold

When my body won't hold me anymore
And it finally lets me free
Where will I go?

Will I join with the ocean blue
Or run into the savior true
And shake hands laughing
And walk through the night
Straight to the light
Holding the love I've known in my life

With no hard feelings

Lord knows they haven't done
Much good for anyone
Kept me afraid and cold
With so much to have and hold

Under the curving sky
I'm finally learning why
It matters for me and you
To say it and mean it too
For life and its loveliness
And all of its ugliness
Good as it's been to me

I have no enemies
I have no enemies

Is it really true that he had no enemies - or, as the song says, “no hard feelings?” Although I can never know how true this is, the lesson for me even AFTER is death is recognizing that he was a man who maintained peaceful equilibrium with all his relationships throughout his adult life. I can see him right now, listening to this and likely throwing his hands and say:
“Why are you thinking about all this. Howie? It’s simple, just live your life and care for the people around you. I trust you.”

Songwriters: Timothy Seth Avett / Scott Yancey Avett / Robert William Crawford
No Hard Feelings lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC