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).