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39 South Main Street
Mechanicville, NY 12118
Phone: (518) 664-4500
Fax: (518) 664-3046
Dr. Paul Loatman

Dr. Paul J. Loatman Jr.

Sunday, April 18th, 1943 - Monday, February 4th, 2019
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MECHANICVILLE - After a weekend surrounded by his beloved family and filled with stories, laughter and tears, Dr. Paul J. Loatman Jr. 75, of Park Ave., passed away Monday morning, Feb. 4th, from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Born in Washington, DC, Apr. 18, 1943, son of the late Paul and Joyce Loatman, Sr., Paul and family grew up in Lansingburgh, he was a graduate of Catholic Central High, Siena College with a double major of English and History in 1965, his Masters Degree from Fordham University in American History in 1969 and his Doctorate from SUNY Albany, achieved with a thesis on Social Mobility of Ethnic Groups in Mechanicville in 1973.

A highly respected educator and Head of the Upper School at Doane Stuart for many years, Paul had taught a variety of subjects, including American History and Government, Bioethics, Economics, Current World Affairs and Man’s Search For Meaning. He was also an adjunct professor at Union College, SUNY Albany, Schenectady Community College, and The College of Saint Rose. A gifted teacher, Dr. Loatman brought American history to life for countless students and pushed them to develop the ability to think critically about the world they lived in.

In 2013, Paul published Images of America Mechanicville, a complete history of his adopted residence. He also wrote many feature articles for the Mechanicville Express.
The City of Mechanicville’s Historian, Paul had answers to any questions concerning his beloved city. He also contributed to the Brookside Museum of Ballston Spa and to other historical societies. He was a consultant to the state’s Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence. Paul was a coach for the Mechanicville Babe Ruth baseball squads, winning several league titles. Maintaining the connection to his Lansingburgh roots, Paul was actively involved and enjoyed gatherings of the Friends of 112th St group.

A communicant and lector of All Saints on the Hudson Church and Church of the Transfiguration, Paul enjoyed his daily walks and his meet and greet with neighbors and friends.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years Barbara DeVito Loatman, proud children: David and Sheila Loatman, Deborah and Joseph Macfarlane, Ann Marie and Greg Hacic, Christopher and Robin Loatman. Loving grandchildren Bailey, Evie, Riley and Sophie Loatman, Emily Rose, Christie and Paul Macfarlane, Jane, Kate, Anthony and Maggie Hacic, John and Grace Loatman. Siblings: Bruce, Karl, Ed, Tom and John Loatman, Stephanie Gamel, Candace Glass, Nancy Thomas, Mary Barbara Schraml, Denise Loatman and Elizabeth Slater, along with many nieces, nephews and families. Also in-laws Dominick and Patsy DeVito and Angela Monaco and families. Paul was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Lauren Loatman, in-law parents Angelo and Barbara DeVito and brother-in-law John DeVito.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 AM at All Saints on the Hudson Church, 121 North Main St.., Mechanicville, with burial to follow in St. Paul’s Cemetery. Calling Hours at All Saints Church on Wednesday from 4-7 PM.
In lieu of flowers, Paul would have asked for contributions be made to the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center, 6 S Main St, Mechanicville, NY 12118, all in loving memory of Dr. Paul J. Loatman, Jr.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, February 6th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    Address
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    All Saints On The Hudson South Church
    Address
    121 North Main Street
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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  • Interment

    Location
    St. Paul's Cemetery
    Address
    Harris Avenue
    Mechanicville, NY 12118
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Dr. Tamar and Ray Martin

Posted at 05:12pm
A Gentleman and a Scholar. That appelation never fit anyone better than Dr. Loatman. We don't know any family members to console directly, but wanted to acknowledge the unanticipated passing of a wonderful, humble, human being. Paul was welcoming to us McVille newcomers a couple of decades ago, and astonished us with his detailed historic knowledge of the area. He proudly wore his badge of Roman Catholicism, and embraced his adopted Italian-American heritage. Several times he went out of his way to help our historical questions when he could. His love for his adopted Immigrant City was partially portrayed in his always apprecited Express articles, his reports to the City Council, and his beautiful and poignant Images of America publication. We will sorely miss crossing paths with him in our walks around his city.
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Stephen Hayford

Posted at 05:31pm
I will always be grateful to Dr. Loatman for his dedication to The Doane Stuart School and for his important role in my life and education. May he rest in peace.

Stephen Hayford
Doane Stuart Class of 1991
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John V. Amodeo

Posted at 02:15pm
Barbara and family--my sincerest condolences to you and your family. I had the honor of meeting Dr. Paul when we had our 'Grand Street Reunion' a few years ago. May his soul rest in peace--John V. Amodeo
GL

Gordie and Lynn

Posted at 06:35am
Forever in our thoughts, our hearts, our prayers,
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Seamus Hodgkinson

Posted at 11:40pm
So what can I say about this legend who first became my colleague at the Doane Stuart school back in 1975. I taught all of his children and slowly got to know him as a devoted parent and a man of faith, fortitude and honesty. Paul called himself with pride a “child of the Sacred Heart” and he taught me the strength and integrity what that meant in those early years at Kenwood. To him it truly meant a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness which impelled to action, and a deep belief in the importance of balancing personal growth and wise freedom for his young students, Paul rocked as a symbol of deep caring and rugged demanding. His bar was high and challenging but always with marshmallows strewn around. I loved the guy and learned a lot from him as a young immigrant to these shores. Thanks Paul! To all his family, especially Barbara and the kids, (no longer, I know, but in my mind), I send hopes for brilliant and consoling memories in the midst of such a massive loss.
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