Jim “Rooster” Loftus, a Drexel Hill, PA resident, was born on November 27, 1942, in Philadelphia and raised in the Highland Park section of Upper Darby. On Tuesday, January 9, 2024, he passed away peacefully from heart failure at the age of 81, surrounded by his family and dear friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Catherine Loftus, and his sister, Kathy Crowther (John). He is survived by his siblings Marie Pellegrino (Chris), Joe Loftus (Elaine), Loretta Lynch, Chick Loftus, and Jack Loftus. Additionally, left to fill a hole in their hearts are the 12 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews he leaves behind. He maintained close relationships with them by actively staying involved in their daily lives and frequently checking in on them.
Jim was a passionate learner who attended St. Laurence School, Bonner High School, and St. Joseph’s University. He obtained a master’s degree in education to further his academic pursuits, leading to numerous career opportunities. Whether he was attending a family gathering or hanging out with friends, he enjoyed every moment spent with his loved ones. In his younger years, he enjoyed participating in various sports. More recently, he spent much of his time cheering for Bonner’s baseball and basketball teams and the Delco Suburban Baseball League. He was a true fan and enjoyed spending endless hours in the stands supporting them as well as being an enthusiastic supporter of all local professional teams. He attended mass every Sunday and never missed a chance to explore different Catholic churches in the area. He was an avid hiker and bicyclist who loved exploring the beautiful nature paths throughout Pennsylvania, spending countless hours enjoying the scenic trails. Although he had traveled to many places, his favorite destination was the shore. Jim requested no funeral service be held which is in keeping with his famous poem,
The road bends.
The road ends.
However, his family is planning to hold a memorial in early spring to honor and celebrate his life. Rooster had a large group of people around him whom he loved dearly and who loved him back. Although he’s no longer with us, his memory will continue to live on through countless stories.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Jim, he had two preferred charities: Defenders of Wildlife, located at 1130 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, and Society of St. Vincent de Paul located at 661 W. Germantown Avenue, Suite 210, Plymouth Meeting, PA. 19462