Stephen J. Loomis Sr.

stephen loomis sr.
Stephen Joseph Loomis Sr. passed away on October 10, 2013 with his family by his side. Mr. Loomis was born November 16, 1934 in New Haven, CT and lived in Orange and West Haven, CT until his retirement to Florida in 2010. He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Shirley Trask Loomis for 56 years. He attended Mary L. Tracy, Hillhouse, and graduated from UCONN with a Masters degree in Forestry. He graduated the Coastguard Officer Candidate School in 1957 and served 5 years and left as Lt. Commander, and he entered the Army Reserves in 1975 and retired a Major in 1998. Mr. Loomis owned and operated E.G. Loomis & Son Inc. in Orange until 1989. He worked for Connecticut Central Railroad until 1998. He also worked for Railroad Salvage and BDN Landscaping before going to work for Mirror Polishing & Plating Company Inc. in Waterbury from 1998 until his retirement in December of 2010. He owned and operated Loomis Bus Company for Amity Regional bus system. While in Florida, Mr. Loomis worked 5 seasons for the Houston Astros Spring Training Facility as a security guard in Osceola, FL. Mr. Loomis was a 56 year member of Wooster Lodge #79 Masonic Order and served as Worshipful Master twice, and was a member of the National Sojourners. He was a past Patron of Mystic Chapter #20 OES and was a 50+ member of Orange Congregational Church of Orange. He was a retired member of the Orange Volunteer Fire Dept, and was a life member of Connecticut Valley Railroad Museum. Mr. Loomis was also an avid Stamp and Coin Collector and enjoyed model railroads and anything railroad related. He was the son of Ernest Gilman Loomis and Hazel Putnam and is survived by his wife Shirley, his children Debra Francisco (Randy), Penny Nalband (Gary), Shirley Jean Nielsen (Brent), and David Loomis (Robert Webb), as well as eight grandchildren, Christina Thompson, James Francisco, Joseph Francisco, Emily Nalband, Ernest Nalband, Stephen Nalband, Katherine Busk and Jeffrey Nielsen and three great grandchildren, Matthew Francisco, Joshua Provo and Mason Busk. He is predeceased by a son, Stephen J. Loomis Jr. Friends may visit with Mr. Loomis' family on Tuesday, October 15th from 6 to 9:00 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT- TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME, 410 Campbell Ave., West Haven, CT. A Funeral Service will take place on Wednesday the 16th at 10 a.m. in the Orange Congregational Church, 205 Meetinghouse Ln., Orange, followed by a burial with Military Honors in Orange Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to VITAS Community Connection, a community of Hospice caregivers who lovingly cared for Mr. Loomis. Please make donations online: or mail a donation to: VITAS Community Connection c/o VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, 2201 Lucien Way, Suite 100, Maitland, FL 32751. Please make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection.

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  1. Dear Shirley & family, So sorry for your loss. Hoping as time passes memories will ease your sorrow. My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. Eleanor Froehlich

  2. Dear Shirley, Katie and Jeff. Sorry so sorry, he was a wonderful man, always happy and had a smile on his face. My thoughts and prayers are with you. He will always be an angel on your shoulder. Yvonne

  3. Dear Shirley, So sorry to hear of the death of your hubby. I know what you are going through and will always remember how thoughtful you were to me when my husband died. May God grant you peace and comfort during these difficult days. God bless you all. Love & Prayers, Jean DuPaul

  4. May your family find comfort in one another and in the memories that will keep him in your hearts always. Sharon Patterson Magill, Amity High School retiree

  5. R.I.P. Steve. Condolences to the Loomis family. I served in the Army Reserves with Steve and remember him as a lovely man and a great soldier. Rena Fisk

  6. Shirley and family, our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time of remembrance.

  7. So very sorry for your loss. Steve was a lovely man and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley and the Loomis family. We are with you in spirit, even though we cannot be there in person to comfort you.

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