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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Hundreds mourn crash victim Dom Loftus

Friends and family of an “irreplaceable” 22-year-old killed in a car crash say he will never be forgotten.

Dominic Loftus funeral photo
Funeral of Dominic Loftus

Around 400 mourners turned out to bid farewell to Dom Loftus at his funeral at St Andrew’s Church in Penrith yesterday.

Dom was a back seat passenger in a car which crashed into a wall on a rural road near Penrith.

In the first of a series of moving tributes during the service, his mother Susan described learning of Dom’s death as “a parent’s worst nightmare”.

She also recalled her husband Ian saying “the grass is greener and the sky is bluer” after she told him she was pregnant with Dom.

Mrs Loftus said: “Dom took half my heart – when Chloe and Reuben [Dom’s brother and sister] came along they both took another quarter each.

“The five of us became ‘Team Loftus’. Five pieces of a jigsaw who worked so closely together.”

She added: “Life will never be the same again.”

Dom’s girlfriend Linzi Donald described him as her “soul mate”.

She said: “My time with him was a lot of fun. We were always laughing, joking and making fun of each other and rarely argued.”

Linzi said his “infectious smile” would always get him out of her bad books.

She told how they grew up and matured together from kids at the age of 16 to young adults, “supporting each other along the way”.

“All my favourite memories and milestones I shared with him”, she added. “Our first home together, our 18th birthdays, and choosing our first pet Lucy.”

Linzi added: “I will treasure my time with him for the rest of my life.

“There will be no happy ever after.

“The say it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. But all I know is that Dom was truly irreplaceable.

“I always did, always have, and always will love him.

“He is my childhood sweetheart.”

Dom’s father Ian described how people “gravitated” towards his son for help.

Mr Loftus also recalled discussing with Dom the possibility of him moving away to Canada for a “better life”.

“He loved his friends and family too much to leave them behind”, he added.

The Rev Norman Robinson said: “His tragic loss has left an empty space – a missing piece for them [Dom’s family] and many others.”

The service was closed by Dom’s brother Reuben who performed a song he wrote in his memory, Wanted It To Be.

Reuben said: “Dom wasn’t a massive fan of long speeches but he loved music.”

Mourners were invited back to the Loftus family pub, The Sportsman’s Inn in Troutbeck, and donations from the day went to Eden Animal Rescue.

  • The News & Star attended the funeral with the family’s permission.

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