Robert A. Loftus Sr.

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Robert A. Loftus Sr., Pittston, died Monday. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Rita M. Shea Loftus.

Son of the late John and Margaret McNeeley Loftus, he was raised by his mother, Mary McHale Loftus. Bob Loftus was devoted to his family, friends and community. He was a man of his word. He was happiest when he was helping others. He grew up in the Depression and is the last survivor of his brothers and sisters. He was a great storyteller and often entertained for hours with stories of growing up in Pittston, adventures in the military and great trips with friends and family. He was affectionately called "Mayor" long after he left the office that he had held for 20 years. He was honored to have served his country and the town that he loved.

Bob was a graduate of St. John the Evangelist High School and Wyoming Seminary Business School. He attended St. Thomas College. He served in the Army Intelligence Corps under Gen. Frank Caufield in World War II. He was greatly influenced by the experiences and friendships he made in the military service of his country. Upon returning from the war, he married Rita Shea and they built a very successful insurance business. He became involved with many civic and fraternal organizations in which he held offices such as the American Legion, Knights of Columbus 4th degree and Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. He became mayor of the City of Pittston in 1960 and held that position for 20 years. He was chairman of the Democratic Party of Luzerne County for several years. He also served on the board of directors and became vice president of the First National Bank of Pittston. He served as chairman of the Workmen's Insurance Fund of PA for several years.

Bob had a strong faith and religious beliefs. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend. He was the historian of Pittston, which he loved dearly. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Wesley Village for their kindness and wonderful care.

Also surviving are a son, Robert A. Loftus Jr. and his wife, Kathryn Boyd Loftus, and grandsons, Peter R. and Matthew A., Alexandria, Va.; daughter, Mary Loftus Martin and her husband, Robert E. Martin Jr., Centerville and Worcester, Mass.; many wonderful nieces, nephews, family and friends.

He was also preceded in death by sisters, Mary Loftus, Peggy Woods and Nancy Gallagher; and brothers, John, Tom and Joe Loftus.

The funeral will be Friday at 9 a.m. from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Interment, St. John the Evangelist Cemetery, Pittston.

Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, PA 18640. Online condolences may be made at www.peterjadoniziofuneral
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Published in Scranton Times on June 24, 2009