A deeply saddening event took place Tuesday morning with the death of Mark Levinson, owner of Levinson’s Jewelers. Early Tuesday morning, Mr. Levinson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which the Broward County medical examiner’s office has ruled a suicide.
In other publications, both online and in print, references and mentions are being made to Mr. Levinson’s association with Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, and that scandal. Here though, even if it is just in this opinion piece, it seems important to recognize that though Mark Levinson may have been deceived or taken in by Rothstein, that scandal should not define him. Especially not now.
Mark Levinson, with his wife, Robin, built up their business from a small jewelry exchange booth into one of the top independent jewelry retailers in the country. It was not an easy climb, and it required a touch and charm that is not often seen in today’s business world. He and Robin became friends with the customers that came in to the store, a store that itself has a warm and inviting feel, a place where old friends can talk, smile, laugh, and admire beautiful works of art in the form of jewelry.
But there wasn’t just success in business. Mark and his wife Robin, were actively committed to charities, regularly holding events for organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Susan J. Komen Foundation, RESPONSE (a non-profit org that provides assistance to victims of domestic violence and assault), and The Morgan Pressel Foundation.
These are things that should be remembered and mentioned about Mark Levinson. There are very few people who live a completely blameless life, we all have made poor decisions or put too much trust in a friend at some time or another and have been let down. Moreover, the suicide of a loved one is heartbreaking, and we have no way of knowing what pressures and thoughts led to that tragic choice.
At this time, and in this article, it seems best to remember the good that Mark Levinson did in his life, to express profound condolences to his family and friends, and those who he helped. For those in our reading audience who are inclined to prayer, take a moment to pray for his wife, Robin, and his family.
Remember the good things. Remember that for years, Mark helped people decide on jewelry celebrating some of the happiest moments in life – Engagements, Anniversaries, Weddings, Christenings, Graduations, Promotions, and Birthdays…or just times when someone wanted to say “I Love You” to those they love. Take time for kind thoughts towards those whom he leaves behind. It’s the right thing to do at this time. At least, that’s the way I see it…hopefully you will too.