Henry Robert Loomis passed away at his home on June 8, 2016, he was ninety one years old. A memorial graveside service will be held at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport, 395 Main Street on June 25, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Bob Loomis was born in Paris, France where he resided with his French mother Danielle Giraud du Poyet, American father William Fitch Loomis and his brother, Richard. In 1941, the family was able to escape Nazi occupied France and returned to the United States. He attended the Loomis School of Windsor, CT. Bob returned to France with the US Army, landing in Normandy on D-Day with the 4th Infantry Division. He fought with his unit during the battles of Normandy, Northern France the Ardennes, the Bulge and Central Europe. Sergeant First Class Loomis was honorably discharged from the Army. His decorations include: The Silver Star, the Bronze Star, The Combat Infantry Badge, The Presidential Citation, The Army Meritorious Citation, The French and Belgian Fourrageres and most recently, The French Legion of Honor. After the war, Bob returned to France to further his studies in the Fine Arts. He attended the Ecole National des Beux Arts and the Academie Julian in Paris. There, he met his American wife (former Joan Paul of West Hartford, CT) who was studying at University of Paris through Connecticut College. Returning to the United States, Bob completed his studies at the University of Hartford. He and his family moved to Westport in 1958. He worked as a vice president and Art Director of the Robothom Advertising Agency, Promotional Marketing Corporation and Teaching/K:8 magazine. Mr. Loomis also free-lanced as a graphic artist for clients in New York City. He was a member of the Art Director’s Club of New York and the Society of Illustrators. Bob was also active in the Westport/Norwalk communities. For twenty five years he served as an EMT Volunteer with the Norwalk Hospital Emergency Department and the Westport Emergency Medical Service. He was a certified EMT and CPR Instructor and often helped his wife with Meals on Wheels. Bob also maintained a life long interest in tennis, hiking and horseback riding. He leaves his wife Joan, daughter Margaret, son-in-law Scott, and grandchildren Jonathan and Rachael Buddenhagen. His son William pre-deceased him in 2006. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to minister’s Discretionary Fund. Mrs. Joan P. Loomis 66 Kings Highway North Westport, CT 06880
Published in The Hour on Jun. 15, 2016.