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Frank Loeffel

Frank Thomas "Tom" Loeffel

Monday, November 8th, 1943 - Friday, March 26th, 2021
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Frank Thomas (Tom) Loeffel


NOVEMBER 08, 1943 – March 26, 2021


 


Frank Thomas Loeffel, age 77, of Naples, Florida (formerly of Pittsfield, Massachusetts) passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021 at home after a courageous 16-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer.  His wife Leslee of 40 years, their son Christopher and Christopher’s wife Rachel, were by his side.


Tom was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania on November 8, 1943, he was the son of the late Elmer A. and Edna Valentine Loeffel.  After graduating high school in 1961, Tom served in the US Navy until September 1968 completing seven tours onboard two different Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM)  submarines. After his service, he earned his Associates, Bachelor and Masters degrees, through continuing education, while working in the military/industrial complex in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. He retired as the Director of Manufacturing with General Dynamics in December 2007. He and Leslee moved full time to Naples, Florida in August of 2008. 


Tom was a devoted Husband, Father and Grandpa who loved to spend time with the family, travel and golf.


Tom is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Leslee Bligh Loeffel, and five children: Philip Elmer Loeffel of Orlando, Florida, Derek Thomas Loeffel and his wife Sandra of Northboro, Massachusetts, Nicole Dawn Loeffel of Conway, South Carolina, Alyson Bligh Loeffel Garrido and her husband Rafael of Wellington, New Zealand and Christopher Thomas Loeffel and his wife Rachael of Austin, Texas. Two sisters: Penny Marston and Patsy Deveny both of York, Pennsylvania. Tom was also a loving Grandpa to three grandchildren:  Megan Soohoo Loeffel, Ling Soohoo Loeffel, and Jack Thomas Loeffel.  Tom is also survived by his mother-in-law, Lucilla F. Bligh of Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and his brother-in-law and good friend, Thomas J. Bligh, his wife Tawnie and their son Connor of Naples, Florida.


There will be a Celebration of Tom’s Life at a later date that is convenient to his family. 


In lieu of flowers,  the family requests donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas https://gifts.mdanderson.org/default.aspx?tsid=10503  or Avow Hospice, 1095b Whippoorwill Lane in Naples, Florida  34105  https://avowcares.org/donate-now/


 

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Diane Whalen

Posted at 08:27am
Dear Leslee, Chris, and Alyson. So sorry about the loss of your beloved Husband and Father. Tom was truly one of a kind; loving, friendly, reliable, nice sense of humor, a good friend and a great neighbor. We have so many fond memories of our family times spent together. Tom will be truly missed but will be looking down on you keeping his family safe. May the many happy memories comfort you now and always. Love, The Whalens - Kevin, Diane, Michael, Matthew and Daniel
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Kathy & Clive

Posted at 07:29pm
Our thoughts and sympathies are with you all, especially our good friends Alyson and Rafael here in New Zealand. Arohanui.
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erin

Posted at 11:53am
Dear Leslee
You and your family have my deepest sympathy upon Tom's death. He loved you so very much and you were a perfect couple. I will pray for God's strength to help you in the long days ahead. I will also reach out to you later if there is anything you need. This road you are on is a difficult one, but you will make it my friend!
Love,
Erin Kinsler

Michael Joseph

Posted at 08:04am
My deepest condolences to the Loeffels for Tom's passing. Leslee, Alyson, and Chris, I will be thinking of you and sending strength and support through my prayers.
Most of my memories of Tom come from childhood, growing up next-door to the Loeffels and watching in awe as I saw him weekend after weekend tend to the yardwork, quietly, tirelessly, and masterfully. Mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, cleaning the pool. No task seemed out of his wheelhouse. His quiet determination and capability in these chores seemed to me to be emblematic of how he cared for his family: reliable, ever present, and steadfast. It almost seemed effortless, because it was such an integral part of who he was.
Here's to his fine example as a father, and may it inspire us all.
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Bonnie Connors

Posted at 11:56am
Dear Leslee. So sorry about your husband Frank. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Hugs. Love Bonnie
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