|Birth: ||Apr. 14, 1921|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 2010|
Patrick D. Loftus, 89, of Somers, entered peacefully into eternal rest comforted by his family on Saturday (September 4, 2010) at Rockville General Hospital. He was the beloved husband of the late K. Patricia (Cowles) Loftus who predeceased him in 1999 and was his bride of forty-nine years.
Pat was born April 14, 1921 in Montreal, Canada to the late Joseph and Diana (LeBlanc) Loftus. He grew up in the Frog Hollow section of Hartford, raised his family in Glastonbury, and lived in Cobalt and Enfield before moving to Somers in 1999.
Pat forwent a scholarship to Union College to enter the workforce and later become a veteran of World War II, serving his country proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant. He was with the 4th Marine Division and saw combat in the Pacific Theater fighting in Iwo Jima, Tinian and Saipan and received commendations for his valiant efforts. Everyone enjoyed his stories about World War II , his battles, his down time in Hawaii and California, especially the stories about all the Big Bands and movies stars he met in Hollywood, and the shows he would sneak in to.
He worked for forty-four years at Aetna Life and Casualty starting in the Mailroom and working his way up to Regional Director of the Customer Service Department. He was voted President of the Aetna Men's Club, and was the star of the Aetna Men's Basketball team in the 1940's. His motto in his Hartford High School yearbook was "Never Late" and it continued to be his lifelong motto. He graduated from Hillyer College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1955 and had a leadership role in the fundraising to build what is now the University of Hartford.
Pat was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Glastonbury Exchange Club, the Glastonbury Republican Town Committee, and he coached youth basketball and baseball. He also was active in the regional YMCA, giving back the love and support he had received in his youth.
He was a lifetime fan of the Boston Red Sox, was a big fan of UConn Men's and Women's basketball, and he loved Big Band music and Frank Sinatra. He led a full life and was a devoted husband and father. Pat will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving family, his children, Jeanne Tatoian and her husband, John, of Somers with whom he made his home, and Daniel Loftus of Niantic; his cherished grandchildren, Erik Emanuelson, Kristina Emanuelson, Patrick Loftus, and Bethany Rose Loftus; his brother, James Loftus; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves his special companions and loving caregivers Theresa Kollmer, Kathleen Leeper, and Laura Motola; and a special friend, Cynthia Lindsley. In addition to his wife, Patricia, Patrick was predeceased by his sister, Margaret Zendzian, his grandson, Joseph Loftus, and his daughter-in-law, Julie Loftus.
Family and friends may gather at Somers Funeral Home, 354 Main Street, Somers, CT, on Saturday (September 11, 2010) at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate his life with his family and 11:30 a.m. for a procession to All Saints Church, 25 School Street, Somersville, where a Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Patrick's life will be held at 12:00 p.m.
Burial with full military honors accorded will follow in the Somers Center Cemetery, Battle Street, Somers.
Published in The Hartford Courant on September 9, 2010.
K. Patricia Cowles Loftus (1925 - 1999)*
Plot: Lot 727, Grave 1
Created by: Ryan Curtis
Record added: Sep 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58438752
World War II Veteran|
Added: Jan. 30, 2012
Veteran, United States Marine Corps|
Added: Jan. 30, 2012
Added: Sep. 9, 2010