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Gavin Caleb Levy
Date of Funeral:
Friday, May 18, 2018
Time of Funeral:
10 am
Funeral Location:
Temple Beth Shalom - Arnold, MD
1461 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Arnold, MD 21012

1602 John Worthington Way
Crownsville, MD 21032

Contributions in his memory may be made to:

Conscious Alliance
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The Family of Gavin Caleb Levy
Sep 20, 2018 12:27 AM

We welcome you to share your memories with us and with those who visit here.

Nancy and Howard Pollinger, Phoenix, AZ
May 16, 2018 06:42 PM

Dear Linda and Andy,
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Gavin. You have written a beautiful tribute that will be only the beginning of keeping his memory well alive. Our love and thoughts are with you during this time.

Sandy and Joe Krome
May 16, 2018 06:46 PM

We are deeply saddened to hear of the untimely loss of your beloved Gavin Caleb. We hope you will be comforted by many special memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Muriel & Alan Molofsky
May 16, 2018 06:56 PM

An amazing and beautiful tribute to your beloved Gavin. May his memory be for a blessing. Sending hugs and much love to all.

Randi and Jon Altschuler
May 16, 2018 09:22 PM

So saddened by this news, and touched by the beautiful and authentic tribute to Gavin. He sounds like he gave and received a lot of love in a life cut too short. Sending our heartfelt condolences to all of you.
Randi and Jon Altschuler

Kevin DeMattio
May 16, 2018 11:23 PM

I love you man. It was great seeing you at Jaya's birthday and had a great time reminiscing over fun memories. I pray I see you again soon brother. All the peace and love I have reach out to you. RIP Gavo. I love ya.

Debbie, who happened to be scrolling through today's obits looking for another death notice
May 17, 2018 08:59 AM

That was the most extraordinary obituary I've ever read! I am so sorry for your loss and that I never had the chance to meet your incredibly colorful, talented, fun, loving, and giving son. Having also lived on a Native American Indian reservation several decades ago, I understand Gavin's urgency in helping alleviate the misery of hunger in that setting and posthumously salute him for his noble work. (I will make a donation.) May Gavin's good humor and remarkably good and awesome deeds help soothe your pain now and forever. May his memory be for a blessing. Your write-up has allowed strangers like me to be inspired by a true hero. Most people who live a long life do not make such a positive impact--and so earnestly and creatively--on so many others!

Annick and Bill Kelley
May 18, 2018 12:18 PM

Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. May the love of family and friends sustain you during this difficult time.

Dillon Babington
May 18, 2018 12:20 PM

Gavin and I went to high school together, and didn't quite run in the same circles then, but we ended up working in them. I wish I'd gotten the chance to talk shop with him as an adult. This notice is a beautiful and brave remembrance of him. Wishing the Levys and everyone hurting grace and peace.

Annick and Bill Kelley
May 18, 2018 12:24 PM

Linda, Andy and the entire family,

Our deepest condolences for your loss. May the love of family and friends help you through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Melissa Kist
May 18, 2018 12:55 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to all and I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

May 18, 2018 08:42 PM

To the Levy Family ~

Gavin and I were in the same program in Cape Town together. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to learn the skills of African drumming and it made me so happy that he continued music when he came home. We always had fun together when we went out on the town, and even when we came back to Colorado, he still made time to keep in touch. I’m so sorry for your loss - your son and brother was a friend to so many and never gave up on making room at the table for more to join. He taught us all about love and what it meant to live without conditions. He will be missed.


Gavin Caleb Levy

Gavin Levy (“Gavo”) left his body on May 13, 2018 to take on his next adventure. This life just could not contain him and as a great teacher of teachers once said, “death is absolutely safe and it’s like taking off a tight shoe”. Gavin agrees.

He was born May 15, 1983 as a stubborn, smiling Taurus and was showered by his parents, Andy and Linda Levy, with constant love, support and adventures of all kinds including soccer and lacrosse tournaments (Gavin was a star through high school) trips to exotic islands and cruises with the whole family, and around the world to Africa, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, and more. Mom has always been the rock hanging on to her three boys journeying through life.

Additionally he is survived by his older brother and best friend, Jared Levy, who still thinks Gavin swindled him on the famous Ken Griffey Jr. rookie baseball card deal in 89’, but is still excited that they may be in the Guinness book for most Queso cheese dip ever consumed by one family. Their bond may truly be where the phrase “love you like a brother” comes from and their shared love of sports, snowboarding, spirituality, music, and a good shindig kept them orbiting each other intimately from Maryland to Colorado and beyond. He also shared loving relationships with his sister-in-law Jocelyn, who has way more in common with Gavin than Jared, and his niece that he adored, Jaya Grace, who Gavin touted as the youngest baby to do a downward dog. His love for these additional Levy ladies in his life was overwhelming.

And of course his beloved, ever-present, wicked smart and crazy loyal dog Floyd, who even after two ACL surgeries still is going to get that damn ball. Named after Floyd Hand, Gavin’s Shaman and the Elder on Pine Ridge Native American Reservation where Gavin spent many years working with a nonprofit, Conscious Alliance, that combines art and music to help with hunger alleviation and cultural preservation.

Gavin’s extended family and many friends were also so important in his life and so treasured by him. Everyone that Gavin touched loved him.

Gavin was typically the first to the party. No, actually he was late to most everything, but he always seemed to have a weird sixth sense about which new visual or musical artist or style or business would be trending. He became a funky percussionist, which he picked up when he studied and lived abroad in South Africa, and a hilarious lyricist if you got him in the right mood. He was truly one of the funniest people around without EVER hurting anyone’s feelings. And this boy could eat, starting out young with Mom’s gourmet family meals, yes dinner bell to call in the boys from the cul-de-sac, and then on to eating his way around the world from dim sum to Maryland Crabs to whatever the chef du jour was…oh and add some lobster and truffles on that please. Gavo was not shy about stacking up that plate just right and getting what he wanted.

Although he enjoyed a less than average life span, Gavin didn’t live an average life. Gavin packed as much into 35 years as most do into a lifetime and his soul seemed to know it and say, “my work here is done.” He leaves us all wanting more of that sweetness, that kindness, that hilarious sense of humor, but we have our memories and know that he will forever be in our hearts.

The memorial service will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 10am at Temple Beth Shalom 1461 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Arnold, MD 21012. Don’t be late! Additionally, for those of you that can’t make it we’ll be broadcasting live on Facebook if you go to

We will also be celebrating Gavin’s life and holding space with family and friends all week long at Andy and Linda’s house: 1602 John Worthington Way, Crownsville, Md 21032.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gavin’s name to the nonprofit organization that Gavin helped establish and run after he graduated from the University of Colorado: Conscious Alliance (, which is committed to hunger alleviation nationwide with a focus on Native American reservations. Even better, become a member of this organization in his honor:)

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