Peter Godwin Loftus Jr., 48, Waverly, died Thursday with his family at his bedside in Allied Services Hospice Center.
Born March 6, 1970, in New York City, he was the son of Atty. Peter G. and Julia (Conway) Loftus Sr., Waverly. Peter was a 1988 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and received two degrees from Rutgers College within Rutgers University: a Bachelor of Arts in English and one in political science. While at Rugers, he was captain on the swim and diving team.
An avid swimmer from an early age, having received many honors and certificates, he had been swim coach for Fairleigh Dickson University, Watchung High School, the Elite Swim Club USS and served as swim coach at the YMCA, Butte, Mont. He had also served as a lifeguard in Ocean Grove, N.J.
He achieved the rank of emergency medical technician and had been employed by the Ocean Grove Fire and Rescue Squad and, most recently, Community Life Support, Commonwealth Health Emergency Services, where he worked as a paramedic.
He was a member of Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, and the Dalton Volunteer Fire Department, volunteering primarily as an EMS. He was a CPR instructor and worked with senior citizens teaching them how to swim.
Surviving are one sister, Betsy (Andrew) Perron, Falmouth, Maine; two nieces, Emma and Grace; two nephews, Jake and Connor Perron, all of Falmouth, Maine.
He was also preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Stephen & Betty (Dunn) Conway; and paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary (Godwin) Loftus.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday at 2 p.m. from Church Of St. Gregory, 330 N. Abington Road, Clarks Green, Pa., to be celebrated by Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn.
Interment will be private in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow.
The family will receive relatives and friends Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, Pa.
Memorial Contributions may be made to True Friends Animal Welfare Center, 16332 State Route, Montrose, PA 18801.