It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Cyril “Dan” Loftus, age 87, on March 22, 2020. He passed away surrounded by his loving family. Dan was born on July 13, 1932 in Elphin, Roscommon, Ireland to Martin and Mary (Conmy) Loftus. When he was 18 years old, he came to America. He married the love of his life, Kathleen (Catherine Gallagher) on August 11, 1951 at St. Gregory’s Church in Brooklyn, New York. They were blessed with two children.
Dan was a proud veteran of the United States Army. He served and attained the rank sergeant from 1954 to 1956.
Dan was a small business owner and ran a liquor store in Brooklyn, New York for many years. Dan believed that family was the most important thing and will be remembered most for his love and devotion to his family and friends. He adored his five grandchildren and was always ready with a big hug whenever they came to visit. He was extremely proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed telling his family stories about growing up in Ireland.
Dan is survived by his beloved wife, Catherine and two adoring children, Deborah Loftus-Munns and her husband, Michael of Belle Harbor, Queens, and Kevin Loftus and his wife, Carolyn of Brewster, New York. He is also survived by his five cherished grandchildren, Grace, Daniel (Chloe), Terence, Michael and Paddy. Dan also leaves behind seven siblings, Dr. Michael Loftus, Dr. Declan Loftus, Dr. Colum Loftus, Finnian Loftus, Liam Loftus, Shane Loftus and Siobhan Loftus-Reid. His brothers, Dr. John Vincent Loftus, Martin Loftus (Mae), Kevin Loftus (Carmel), his sister, Ettie Clinton (Cyril) and his nephew, Kevin Loftus, Jr. predeceased him. Dan also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews here and in Ireland.
Dan will be missed greatly by all those who knew and loved him.
A Mass of Christian burial to celebrate Dan’s life was held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Church, 95 Plum Brook Road, Somers, N.Y.
Following the service, Dan was brought to his final resting place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, NY where he did receive Military Honors from the United States Army