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Obituary of John L. Loehr
John L. Loehr, 83, of Essex, Connecticut, died surrounded by family on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. Jack (as his close friends and family called him) was known for his great wisdom, wit, patience, generosity, and humility. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Jack was intellectually curious and an avid reader; he leaves behind a sizable library of well over 2,000 books. In addition to his love of family and books, Jack was partial to dogs. He was especially fond of his Golden Retriever, Bisquit, who was his beloved companion for many years. He was also a doting “grandfather” to Magnus, the endearingly exuberant Bull Mastiff. They spent many hours walking the parks in Rye Brook, New York, where Jack spent most of his retirement. Born in Yonkers on November 12th, 1936 to John and Marie Loehr, Jack grew up in Bayside, Queens. He graduated as valedictorian of Bayside High School in 1954 and then from Fordham University in 1958. A member of the National Guard, he trained at Fort Dix in New Jersey in the early 1960’s. After graduating from Columbia Law School in 1961, he joined the Manhattan law firm Wien, Malkin, and Bettex. There, he negotiated leases for corporate real estate, including the Empire State Building; he became a partner in 1970, and was loyal to the firm for his entire career. In 1971, he married Karin Skavo, and they made their home in River Vale, NJ, where they raised a loving family of four children. He is survived by his wife: Karin Loehr; his children: Christine and her husband Matthew Kagan, Jacqueline and her husband Stephen Carroll, his son John Loehr, and his daughter Annalise Loehr; his six grandchildren: Alex, Ella, and Kallie Kagan, as well as Kirsten, Sophia, and Stevie Carroll; and his four siblings: Paul Loehr, Robert Loehr, Rose Gallo, and Barbara O’Connor. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Jack’s name to The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to The Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, 647 Horse Hill Road, Westbrook, CT 06498 To share a memory of Jack or send a condolence to his family please visit: www.rwwfh.com. Privately held funeral services are in the care of the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, in Centerbrook, Connecticut.
The privately held visitation and funeral service for Mr. Loehr's family has been postponed.