Patrick Joseph Loftus, Jr.
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AGE: 74 •
Patrick J. Loftus, Jr., age 74, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Born August 26, 1938 in Exeter, PA to immigrant parents Patrick J. Loftus, Sr. and Mary Bridget "Molly" (O'Boyle), both from Co. Mayo, Ireland. As a child, he was a Boy Scout. He graduated from Irvington High School and attended Rider College in New Jersey. He was a volunteer firefighter for Raritan Engine Company #1 for many years, later serving on the Middlesex County Arson Task Force. He worked for Engelhard for 17 years, was an accomplished IPSC marksman, and later became a Real Estate Agent. Patrick adopted his daughter, Cindy, as an infant in 1971, and became a caretaker for his elderly mother and took on raising his daughter as a single father in the 80's. He was a board member for Displaced Homemakers, and a member of the Elks #2847 in Edison, serving a term as Exalted Ruler. In 1988 he moved to WA state and continued his involvement with his community and church. There he met his wonderful wife, Elizabeth Rundberg. Patrick was an Irishman, a gifted storyteller, easily recognized by his big booming voice and full head of white hair, intelligent, well read & a lifetime learner, who never met a stranger. He was generous, and had a strong faith in God. Although numerous health problems caused him a great deal of discomfort for the last years of his life, he bore them with little complaint. He was eagerly awaiting the birth of his newest granddaughter expected on Christmas.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter, Cynthia and her husband, Richard; grandchildren, Forrest, Aidan and Cooper Ristow. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Leo Loftus; granddaughter, Opal Ristow, and many dear aunts, uncles and cousins both on the East Coast and in Ireland.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Paul Koenig, at 11:00 AM, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Saint Cecelia Catholic Church, 26900 78th Ave. NW, Stanwood, followed by a reception in the church hall. His final resting place will be at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, Shoreline, Washington. Share your memories of Patrick and sign the on-line guest register at www.lemleychapel.com.
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Published in Home News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012