Irvin Levinson, entrepreneur, retailer, dies

November 07, 1990

Services for Irvin Levinson, who had been president of a truck-washing company and a Baltimore pioneer in the discount furniture and appliance business, will be held at 1 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. funeral establishment, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Levinson, who was 73, died of cancer yesterday at his home on High Stepper Court in Pikesville.

He headed Truck Washing of America, a business he started about 20 years ago, and he had been an owner of the Consumers Buying Association, the city's first discount furniture and appliance business.

Mr. Levinson was the father of filmmaker Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed three nationally acclaimed movies set in Baltimore: "Diner," "Tin Men" and "Avalon." The last, based on family history, is currently showing in Baltimore.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Levinson attended city schools and graduated from City College in 1934. After graduation, he worked in sales positions for a variety of local firms before becoming a founding partner in the Consumers Buying Association after World War II.

It sold furniture and appliances at discount prices. The main outlet was at Redwood and South Paca streets.

Mr. Levinson retired from that company in the early 1970s and began his truck-washing business. He retired from its presidency five years ago, but remained active in the company.

An avid golfer, he was a charter member of the Bonnie View Country Club.

In addition to his son, Barry, of Los Angeles, survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Violet Krichinsky; a daughter, Sharon Ziman of Pikesville; a brother, Herb Levinson of Rockville; and five grandchildren.

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