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Jack Levin, WWII veteran, longtime pharmacist in Buffalo, suburbs

March 15, 1924 – Dec. 8, 2015

Jack Levin, a longtime pharmacist in Buffalo and the suburbs and a World War II veteran, died Tuesday in Rosa Coplon rehabilitation center at Weinberg Campus, Getzville. He was 91.

A Buffalo native, Mr. Levin grew up on Hickory Street, on the city’s East Side. He graduated from Technical High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Buffalo.

During the war, Mr. Levin served in the Army Air Forces and was based stateside. Before the war, he worked for Curtiss-Wright, building airplanes.

As a pharmacist, he was known as “Doc” and worked many years for Grandel Drugs at Grant Street and Delavan Avenue, serving customers, including Mayor Frank Sedita.

Later, Mr. Levin owned two pharmacies, Saturn Drugs in Riverside and the Delton drugstore in the Town of Tonawanda.

In a 1992 interview with his son-in-law, television journalist Rich Newberg, who was compiling family history, Mr. Levin explained a bit of what he loved about his profession.

“I really loved to help people when they’re sick,” he said. “I get such satisfaction if whatever I give them makes them feel better.”

His wife, the former Reva Loffel, an East Side native whom he met at the Jewish Community Center on Delaware Avenue, died in 1995.

Mr. Levin lived in North Buffalo and more recently, the Town of Tonawanda.

Mr. Levin enjoyed classic card games and television shows, as well as trips to Crystal Beach with his family.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Saada and Lori Newberg; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were held last week.

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