Edward Philip Loftus, a former logistics manager and plant supervisor, died Wednesday of heart failure at Anne Arundel Medical Center. The Annapolis resident was 73.
Mr. Loftus was born and raised in Avoca, Pa., and graduated from St. John's High School in Pittston, Pa. He served as a gunner aboard the carrier USS Wasp from 1951 to 1954.
He earned a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University in 1974, then his master's degree in business from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1980.
After working for Hercules Powder Co., he took a position as plant manager in the 1970s with Mack Trucks, in Bridgewater, N.J. He was transferred in the 1980s to the company's Odenton plant, where he was also plant manager.
The former longtime Severna Park resident was a logistics manager at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt from the late 1980s until retiring in 1997.
Mr. Loftus had served on the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority and was an active member of Metro Crime Stoppers, the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Anne Arundel County Police Reserves. He was also a Naval Academy and University of Maryland sports fan.
He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at noon Monday.
Surviving are his wife of 44 years, the former Charlotte Ann Piasecki; a son, John C. Loftus, of Seabeck, Wash.; two daughters, Anne Aberdeen of Ellicott City and Colleen Loftus of Elkridge; three sisters, Katherine Schoeps of Baltimore, Mary Teresa Gavigan of Pittston, and Margaret Taylor of Harrisburg, Pa.; and four grandsons.