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Attorney Peter Godwin Loftus Sr., 79, Waverly, died June 8 in Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center. He was the husband of the former Julie Conway. The couple had been married over 53 years.
Born Jan. 24, 1940, in Scranton, the son of the late Joseph and the Mary (Godwin Loftus) Loftus, he was a graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and received his Bachlor of Science from the University of Scranton, where he was commissioned into the United States Army upon graduation in 1961. A Vietnam veteran, Loftus was a paratrooper in the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, out of Fort Bragg, N.C., and a member of the Elite 82nd Airborne, also referred to as the Green Berets. He earned the Bronze Star and was promoted to captain during his time in Vietnam. Upon being honorably discharged, in 1965, he joined the FBI as a special agent. After a stint in Texas, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he attended the FBI's foreign language program, becoming proficient in Mandarin. From there, the FBI sent him to New York City, just as the People's Republic of China was being considered (and later admitted) to the United Nations General Assembly. His FBI experience led him to pursue a professional career in law. He received his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University Law School, New Jersey, and his L.L.M. Master of Law in trial advocacy from Temple University. He practiced law for more than 40 years in Northeast Pennsylvania. Raised to help his community, Pete volunteered as an EMT and was captain of the Dalton Volunter Fire Company's EMS ambulance service. He was a member of the St. Gregory's Parish, Clakrs Green, having served on the parish council and as Eucharistic minister. He served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Meals on Wheels of Northeast Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Regional Tissue Bank, Lourdesmont and Community Life Support Ambulance Service. He was active with organizations that his children were members of, especially swim teams.
Pete was passionate about his Catholic faith, his country and his family.
Also surviving are a daughter, Betsy Perron (Andrew), Falmouth, Maine; grandchildren, Emma, Jake, Connor and Grace Perron; two sisters, Marianne Hazlett (John), Wheeling, W.Va.; and Christine Conway (John), Westport Point, Mass.; an aunt, Mary Loftus Kennedy, Providence, R.I.; a sister-in-law, Alexandra L. Loftus, Long Branch, N.J.; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was also predeceased by his son, Peter Jr.; and a brother, Joseph.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John M. Lapera, pastor of Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Madonna Della Strada Chapel, 415 Monroe Ave., Scranton.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. at the chapel. Interment, St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
To leave an online condolence, visit the funeral home website.
Peter depended on the comfort and companionship of his loyal dogs. In his honor, memorial contributions may be made to K9s On The Front Line, an organization that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to assist veterans affected by PTSD, K9s on The Front Line, P.O. Box 8823, Portland, ME 04104.
My name is Jim Hoffman. Pete and I were New Agents Classmates at the FBI Academy. I also knew him from Fort Bragg and Viet Nam. Pete was the XO of an A Detachment whose commander was badly wounded leaving Pete in Command. I was always sorry Pete left the Bureau but he obviously did well after he left the government. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Pete was a great patriot and a thinking person. I am very saddened to learn of his death.
James E Hoffman Aug 16 2019 12:00 AM
Betsy & Julie, With love and deep condolences. Rodney & Marja Larsen Craig & Whitney Davis
Aug 12 2019 12:00 AM
I’m so sorry for your loss Julie and Betsy and family. What a life story! And always a kind gentle man. He’ll always be part of the great foundation of a beautiful family for generations to come❤️
Cara (OMalley) Colombo Aug 12 2019 12:00 AM
Cyril (Jerry) McDonough was a classmate and friend of Peter's at Scranton Prep. I know he will be sorely missed. His accomplishments are no surprise to those who knew him. Humanity has lost a great member. I will pray for him and remember him forever. I share the grief of his family.
Jerry Mcdonough Jun 25 2019 12:00 AM
I knew Pete well at Chapel school and at the Prep. He always stood out as exceptionally kind and caring. Please accept my sympathy and my prayers. Joe McCarthy
Joe McCarthy Jun 24 2019 12:00 AM
Sincere condolences from both Judy and I with regard to Pete's recent passing. I knew him very well when we lived in Scranton, with me in the U.S. Attorney's Office. For many years we started the business day with coffee at the J.C. restaurant across from the Federal Building. We held Pete in very high regard, and had great admiration for his "biog" and wisdom as a lawyer and friend. Judy also remembers many pleasant encounters with Julie at Junior League functions. Best regards, Larry and Judy Kelly from Montrose
Larry and Judy Kelly Jun 12 2019 12:00 AM
Loftus FamilyMy sincere condolances. I have known Pete as a brother in arms,a Associat Professor (UofS),a client and most of all as a dear friend. Pete was a true American Patriot and it was my honor to have been his friend.My visits with him at the Merlie Center and WB VA I will cherish.He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren> They were the light of his life. I will miss him> But I know he is with his Commander and Chief.My your GOD give you all peace. Frank J Paris Major U.s. Army Retired
francis Joseph paris Jun 11 2019 12:00 AM