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Harvey Charles Loftus

Harvey Charles Loftus

3rd April 1930 - 2nd October 2021


Harvey passed away peacefully at Brentwood Nursing Home in Geelong with loving wife Maureen by his side.

Beloved Husband, Father, Father-in law, Pop, Great Pop, Brother-in law and Uncle.

You will be sadly missed by your adoring family, especially your wife Maureen of 67 years and your daughters Robyn, Janine, Carolyn, Andrea, Sally and Kate.

You were a true legend, a great pal to many and you lived life to the fullest with kindness and laughter.

Rest In Peace Harvey Charlie.


Funeral Mass to celebrate Harvey's life will be offered on Friday 8th October commencing at 2.30pm. 

Due to the current covid restrictions, the service will be private and attendance is by invitation only.


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46 responses to “Harvey Charles Loftus”

  1. Norm Drew says:

    Vale Uncle Harvey,
    From my early childhood days you have always been a family legend – welcoming, bubbly & alway having something on the go !
    It’s because of all of this and more that you stay with us in spirit & will remain so for our lifetime.
    Nephew Norm , Jenny, Kylie, Shannon & Alesha

  2. John and Veronica Kelly says:

    Maureen and family,
    Sorry to learn of Harvey’s passing, it brings back a lot of memories of the old days.
    John and Veronica Kelly

  3. Kerry Ryan says:

    Uncle Harvey,
    You might not have been one through family but the Ryan’s always saw you as their uncle.
    I especially treasured every visit to your home and seeing your lovely smile and twinkly eyes.
    You and Auntie Maureen have always taken an interest in our lives and have been a big part in mine.
    You loved our mother Elaine like a sister and she you as her brother.
    All your girls, partners, grandchildren, great grandchildren will have a huge void now that you are not there.
    But we all have so many loving and happy memories of times spent with you.
    A true gentleman, rest in peace dearest Uncle Harvey
    Love Kerry, Michael, Christopher, John, Coleen

  4. Colleen Sceberras says:

    Maureen and family,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    May Harvey rest in God’s Peace,
    love Colleen (Friedrich) Sceberras

  5. graeme drew says:

    So long Uncle Harvey.
    You were such a joy for me and my family.
    Like everyone around you, you always made me feel special. Thank you.
    I loved being with you and your family especially with my family and my parents and siblings.
    I have sooo many great memories to cherish but most of all being in the clan on the Easter tee-off as you lead the group of 50 or more down the hill to the sandscrape.
    You will be missed pal,
    Graeme Drew

  6. Denise Woods says:

    Remembering Harvey as the ‘Chemist’ at Maldon.
    Deepest Sympathy to the family.
    Denise Woods

  7. Gail Cox says:

    Fond memories of Harvey from football days & the pharmacy (from Denis); great fun working in the pharmacy (from me).
    Condolences to Maureen & family from us both.
    Gail & Denis Cox

  8. Kevin Jenkins says:

    We would have settled for friendship but you gave us deep mateship, mischief and wholehearted zest for living.
    You invigorated our lives as you and Maureen shared so much of yourselves and your family with us.
    Maureen, girls and families, you have lost someone unique and irreplaceable, but your memories, like ours, will live long. Our prayers are yours.
    Jan and Kev Jenkins

  9. GLADYS cook says:

    Condolences to the family. Harvey was our chemist when we were kids.
    Gladys Cook

  10. Pauline Nolan says:

    To Janine and The Loftus Family.
    We had the great pleasure of meeting Harvey and Maureen through Janine back in the 80’s in Mildura (Pauline’s Coffee Shop). Our condolences too Maureen and their six beautiful daughters. Thinking of all. Harvey was a lovely man with a great humour. Barry, Pauline and Trent Nolan.

  11. John & Carmel Halpin says:

    I have just read of the passing of Harvey Loftus and wish to pass on my condolences to Maureen and the family on his sad passing. Our family spent many happy hours with the Loftus’s in Maldon in the eighties.
    John and Carmel Halpin.

  12. Frances Begg says:

    Dear Maureen & Girls
    Feeling so sad to hear Harvey has passed away. I remember the day you arrived in Maldon and Harvey was the new chemist, Maldon came to life. He was a caring person and so much fun to work with. He was very special and will be missed.
    P.S. He was also a good matchmaker.
    Our thoughts and love to all.
    Fran and Gerry.

  13. Kay Pearce says:

    There is a big hole in our family now Uncle Harvey…one impossible to replace. But we have stories and memories to last a lifetime. Years of occasions when you opened your heart and home to anyone who wanted to make the effort to share in the moment. And many did. There was always love and adventures on offer. We all have our special memories of you and I am no different. I adored you as a child and you never let me down – still adore you – always will. Forever in my heart.. Love Kay x

  14. Joy leneaux-Gale says:

    Harvey was a special friend, full of fun and laughter but also such a sensible, kind and caring friend. We so enjoyed our times at The Oaks Day luncheons and made the most of being “the welcomers” on many occasions. I too remember Harvey as the Maldon chemist and again his care of all. A little spark has gone out of life. A very big “hug” to Maureen and the girls and their families.
    Joy Leneaux-Gale

  15. Allen says:

    Fond memories of Uncle Harvey and the family gatherings at Maldon. Thinking of you Auntie Maureen and the girls.
    Allen, Kelly, Clare, Paula and families.

  16. Judy McKnight says:

    Sad to hear of Harvey’s passing. Always ready for a chat and special memories of footy days and who could forget “The Chemist Shop”
    Sympathy extended to Maureen and girls. A life well lived.
    Brian and Judy McKnight and family🌹

  17. Bill and Norma Smith says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Maureen and Family.
    We remember Harvey as a fun person, from the time of our first meeting in the 1960’s – a welcoming person who enjoyed good times.
    To reminisce on our families association with Harvey and Maureen’s families, would take days to document.
    Harvey was also an ideas man, who contributed much to the welfare of his beloved town of Maldon.
    Blessings and Love to all.
    Bill and Norma Smith, Wes and Jude, Elizabeth and Peter, Grant and Lisa.

  18. Michael Drew says:

    What great life and legacy Harvey has left all of us.
    A favourite Uncle who seemed to bring fun and laughter, full of life and generous with his love and interest in others, humour or a joke always not far away.
    All our love to Maureen and the Loftus clan.
    Mick, Kaye, Bec, Joanna and James

  19. Geoffrey and Kerry Hill says:

    Dear Harvey,
    You and your family are the best friends anyone could have.
    Our times together – cricket, golf, racing, poker, socialising, and a wonderful loyalty and a comfort in your presence.
    Brilliant times in Melbourne, Coburg cricket, our Maldon visitations and you and Maureen to Sydney for the Olympics and other functions.
    You are honoured.

    Geoffrey and Kerry Hill.

  20. Peter Davey says:

    Our loving sympathy to Maureen and the girls.
    Fond memories of a very good friend, Harvey Charlie, go back to our pharmacy college days, graduating 1953, to his years of looking after our Rainbow pharmacy for us to have holidays, and happy times at Maldon, golfing etc., since our retirement to Echuca.
    🙏🏻💐Peter and Jan Davey.

  21. rodney brown says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Maureen, girls and family on the passing of Harvey.
    A great and treasured friendship between the Brown and Loftus families over many years…as neighbours at Sunset Valley many a bbq and fellowship enjoyed. If Harvey had a smile like a cat that has just come out of the dairy you knew a challenge was on, after a bbq and a cleanser or two Harvey wanted to race around the house but he insisted on jockeys he said you have Caroline and I will have Janine as she is heavier we’ll need a start and he bolted. He got to the first corner of the house stood on a chop bone and down he went, jockey as well ah the good old days…
    R.I.P. Harvey Charlie, you could not get a better china plate…
    Rod, Bobbie, Darren, Sue and families.

  22. adrian family of drew says:

    Ol Uncle Harvey Charlie Blah!
    We express our condolences to aunty Maureen and the girls and their extended families for the great man he was.
    Harvey, we thankyou for your immense generosity in accommodating us at Easter over the years and your infectious and competitive streak around golf, cards and anything else you can put a bet on!
    This really has transpired through so many areas of our family in a positive and loving way.
    It is an honour to have been a part of your life and we really look forward to carrying on the traditions you and your family have established over Easter and joy, love and unity that this has brought us and continues to do so.
    It is with sadness that we see you go, god bless,
    love from Adrian, Shelby, Tess and Issy.

  23. Frank and Thea Drew says:

    What a rich and fun-filled life (with some challenges along the way).
    Always a welcome and generous visitor or host, with a strong sense of family connections,
    he will be greatly missed by all of us.
    We are all much better off for having known him.
    Frank and Thea Drew

  24. Kate Charleson says:

    To Kate and the Loftus family,
    we are so sorry to hear about the passing of your beautiful Dad, and what a great Dad he was!
    All our love.
    Simon, Kate, Lachie, Harry and Jess. X

  25. Stephen Drew says:

    R.I.P. Uncle Harvey,
    Living in Sydney our family missed so many family gatherings and events but whenever we got to visit Melbourne my memories are of much fun and laughter particularly every time I witnessed the 4 rascals – Rusty, Frankie, you and Dad (Kevin) together, especially on the golf course – left me with memories that remain forever.
    I treasure my visits to Maldon when you, Aunty Maureen and the girls (and families) whenever there, made it a totally joyous experience.
    I feel blessed you were able to stay with me during the Sydney Olympics.
    You will be missed.
    Stephen Drew

  26. Martina and Ian says:

    It was a great pleasure to have known Harvey, always a beautiful smile and greeting when we met up with him.
    He will be sadly missed by the Davies family
    Love to you all.
    Martina and Ian

  27. John Lakey says:

    With heartfelt condolences to Maureen and family.
    We are unable to truly express our sorrow, Harvey was one of life’s true gentlemen and a friend to all, his professional and community undertakings in Maldon were enormous, and he will always hold a special place in our memories.
    Dear Maureen, Robyn, Janine, Carolyn, Andrea, Sally & Kate, please accept our sincere sympathy.
    John & Graeme Lakey and family

  28. Marie Mills says:

    What a lot of fun, caring and sharing we had over many years.
    You will be sadly missed May you Rest In Peace.
    Love from Marie and all the girls

  29. George & Kerryn Healy says:

    Harvey was a great bloke, a stalwart of the Golf Club and the Maldon Community.
    Our deepest sympathy to Maureen and the girls and their respective families.
    Maybe you can stir those Blues into action from up above.
    Always in our memories.
    George & Kerryn

  30. Brendan Drew says:

    Vale Harvey, a full life and memories to share: Maldon, Fitzroy, West Coburg & Barwon Heads; my Godfather; my cousins, Aunts and Uncles always a crowd of happy people; Slide nights; pyjama parties; bunnies; golf; water skiing; gold fossicking; Easter Parade; Parade College; Valiant with push button gears(priceless).
    God Bless you for all of it and generosity of spirit.
    Brendan, Suzanne, Christopher and Lucy

  31. H & J Jennings says:

    Remembering all the happy times we spent together-especially the times at Carram Dale.
    Thank you for the memories. Love to Maureen and the girls.
    Harold and Judy Jennings and family.

  32. Vincent Drew says:

    Another family legend taken after a life well lived. What great memories we all have of our time as a large family.
    I am so glad that my children got to experience the Easter events at Maldon and the kind welcome you gave to everyone who attended. Our thoughts are with all of you today as you say goodbye.
    With great love Vin, Lyn, Nathan and Leah

  33. Jodie Loftus says:

    Uncle Harvey Charlie.. you always greeted us with a beautiful warm smile and kept us laughing with your quick wit.
    Your love for your entire family always made us feel close to you and and apart of something big and very special, the Loftus clan.
    So many wonderful stories told and memories to keep.. an icon of the Loftus family.
    Sending so much love to you Aunty Maureen and the girls, partners and grandkids.
    Jodie Loftus

  34. Wayne, Charmaine, Matthew & Laura says:

    What a champion guy.
    Our dearly loved uncle had a passion for people and a genuine interest in them.
    Lots of great memories of family, fun and a bit of mischief!
    You will be sadly missed, but Rusty has the form guide and a beer waiting for you.
    Our thought are with Maureen and the girls.
    Love Wayne, Charmaine, Matthew and Laura

  35. Chris Walker says:

    The world has lost a true gentleman.
    Fantastic memories at the Maldon golf club and Friday night dinners at the Maldon Hotel back when I was much much younger. Harvey, I feel grateful that I had the chance to have many wonderful conversations, during rounds of golf and times in the club house.
    Our thoughts are with the beautiful Loftus family at this tough time.
    All our love,
    Chris & Shirley Walker, Ruth Woolley

  36. Rob McDonald says:

    Sadly the world is now without one of life’s truly unique characters who loved his family& lived and laughed life to the fullest.
    In my heart……. always my mate…
    ‘Jobs right Harv.’
    VALE Harvey “Charlie” Loftus
    Rob McDonald

  37. Loretta Conroy says:

    Uncle Harv,
    Today feels like something pretty special and irreplaceable has broken. Like a chain, the links that were unbreakable, the love, the mate-ship, the decades of happiness.
    You were the last link in the generation of beautiful Loftus siblings, 91 years… 91 years of good times, a huge family, surrounding you constantly. You were a brother to Dad, god he loved you.
    I have such vivid memories of school holidays in Maldon, the happiness, constant laughter and sunshine.
    Thank you for keeping us so inclusive in the Loftus family over the years.
    We will never ever let that bond break.
    I’ll miss you, I’ll still toot every time we go past.
    I hope the reunion up there is pretty wild.
    Tell Mum I miss her.
    Loretta x

  38. Binny Loftus says:

    Our dearest Uncle Harvey.
    How one man could light up a room and have every generation of friends and family glued to his every word still amazes me. Your sense of humour, wit and genuine interest in every one you met will be remembered.
    A Loftus legend.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Maureen, the girls and families.

    All our love,
    Binny, Gus, Josie and Jack

  39. Harry Murray says:

    Harvey, you were one of the most amazing and consistent people that I have ever met.
    You were a loyal and devoted husband and father and your beautiful family is a testament to your parenting skills.
    Lets us not forget that you were the best field marshal general of the Maldon Golf Pennant Team, sneaking around the course and watching the games as they were played and motivating team members as and where required. This was capped off with a successful campaign and we have a pennant flag to prove it! (but most importantly the memories over a couple of quiet ones were always a pleasant and uplifting event with you mate.
    Kind regards
    Harry Murray

  40. Rowan Drew says:

    Vale uncle Harvey, one of the kindest people we’ve ever known.
    Still remember him 3 or so years ago at Vin’s shed, in his twilight, wink in his eye as he’s pulling out all his trick shots on the pool table, to us 60 years his junior in awe. We got schooled that day.
    Thanks for all the treasured memories, particularly around the Loftus house, each and every Easter.
    And for all the cricket tips, I’m sure I made a few runs on the field from tapping into Harvey’s vast knowledge base.
    Heartfelt condolences to all of the family.
    Rowan & Amy

  41. Pauline Crimmins (Mills) says:

    My beautiful godfather, uncle Harvey Charlie you are forever in my heart.
    I remember your wiggly ears & playing the snozzlephone.
    You always made us laugh.
    At this sad time it is these fond memories of how you always made us smile that are in my heart.
    May you rest in Gods arms, now & forever.
    Your loving goddaughter, Pauline Crimmins (Mills)

  42. Jason loftus says:

    RIP Harvey Charlie such a beautiful service !!!
    What a shame we couldn’t be there to celebrate his amazing life .
    Michael Craig and Jason Kane and Chase would LOVE to be at Harvey’s memorial when all restrictions are eased and send HARV off in TRUE Loftus style .
    Thinking of everyone involved in today’s funeral
    Jason Loftus

  43. Mandy Perrott and Margaret Leaman says:

    Our love and best wishes to Maureen, the Girls and your families. My father Joe Leaman regarded Harvey as one of his very best friends, dating from when they sat in a row at Pharmacy college with the men whose names began with “L”. For over 70 years Harvey has been a wonderful friend, always making my Dad happy whenever they were in touch with each other. When they both developed Parkinson’s in later years, they continued to laugh over one “falling forward” and one “falling backwards”! Dad and my mum Margaret had wonderful times whenever they met with the Loftus clan back in the early days, before life and distance got in the way. Harvey’s and Dads friendship endured the years and ups and downs and maybe they are meeting up with each other now. Love from Margaret and Mandy and families

  44. Rebecca Russell says:

    Uncle Harvey you were such a fun loving uncle that will be missed. Thinking of all the girls and Aunty Maureen during this difficult time. Love to you all x Rebecca Russell

  45. Dennis and Michelle Loftus. says:

    Harvey The Chemist Wanabee Tradesman Maybe! Every ones mate. Lots of Great Memories growing up. We remember when the whole family would go to Fontaine Street to Celebrate Christmas! Into the early hours of the next morning. Then there was the trips to Maldon, Rabbiting with the Ferrets by Headlights of the Car. There were lots of Rabbits in Maldon. ” It was a lot of Fun ” Golfing at his own Golf Course just across the road. Also going for a ski at Lake Cancuran.
    Then walking down the Main Street, ” Being Proud it was his Street. ” With the Chemist shop in the Centre of Town. Harvey was always Great Company.
    Later on we started to go on the yearly golf trip to Yarrawonga and Play for a trophy (Not sure if he ever won it). “But did we have fun. We sure did” Great Days.
    I remember Harvey telling us about his motorbike skills in the paddock. It all came to an end when the Doctor found out and “Banned the Motorbike”
    These are only a few things of what Harvey was about.
    Harvey was a Wonderful family man. Harvey was also a Fantastic Person, Bloke, Mate and Patriarch of The Loftus Family.
    Dennis and Michelle Loftus

  46. Julie Nevill says:

    Deepest Sympathy to all the family members. Fun memories of staying overnight. Riding horses. Friendship and caring meals. Hitting my 1st golf ball and nearly taking Harvey’s head off. Didn’t know I could run that fast.
    Motorbike ridden in the Maldon Hotel and a horse.
    Thankyou for your kindness Mr. Loftus.
    Julie Nevill

Funeral Details

At the request of the family, a private service was held.