Union Mills, NC - Brian Douglas Levin, age 70, died at his summer home in Union Mills, NC on August 13, 2021. In 1999 he retired from AON in Chicago, IL, the city of his birth, and moved to Washington State to be with the greatest love of his life, Anne Daletski, who always told him he was so perfect for her that he was irreplaceable. Twelve years after Brian retired, they bought a home in Florida to celebrate life and sunshine after both Brian and Anne won battles against cancer. They decided it would be beneficial to their health to escape the damp, dark, dreary winter weather of Western Washington. The first few years they owned these 2 homes, they drove back and forth between Washington State and Florida because they had a beautiful Airedale Terrier, Buddy, and refused to fly. As Brian said, "You wouldn't put grandma in cargo," so they wouldn't put their valued family member, Buddy, in cargo either. After a few years of taking this long arduous trip between their homes, they decided to sell their Camano Island, Washington home and buy a summer home in North Carolina. On August 13, 2021, Brian died in the North Carolina home he loved, nestled in the trees, with Anne and their dog, Buddy, at his side.
Brian grew up in Addison, IL and attended Addison Trail HS (class of 1969).
He also attended College of Dupage in Illinois.
Brian was preceded in death by his father, Udde Erling Levin, mother, Singhild Katherine Levin, and his father's second wife, Rosemary (also known as June) who married Udde when Brian was a 6 year old boy.
His younger and older brothers, Leif Levin and Bruce Levin, preceded him in death. He is survived by his life partner of 23 years, Anne Daletski, his sisters, Gunhild K. Linder and Judith Weinstock (husband, Rod Musselman) and nieces and nephews, Erik Levin (Dominique), Nik Levin, Amanda Etherington (Jake), Michael Weinstock (Megan) and Rachel Campeggi (Chris). Brian was also predeceased by his faithful Airedale Terrier companions Wally and Lucky, and he is survived by Buddy, his precious Airedale who "had him at hello" when Brian held him for the first time as a 7 week 5 day old puppy.
Because Brian and Anne lived part-time in their homes and had friends and family scattered throughout the country, there will be no memorial service. As a substitute for a memorial service, Brian requested before his death that trees be planted in remembrance of him.
Photograph Credit for picture on the right: "A Portrait by Indy" by Indy Behrendt.
Published by Stanwood Camano News from Aug. 31 to Sep. 1, 2021.