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Arthur P. Lohan

Arthur P. Lohan, age 87 and a resident of Churchville since 1963, died peacefully at his home on Friday, April 23, 2021.  He was surrounded by his family including his beloved wife Phyllis Langer Lohan.  Arthur and Phyllis would have celebrated 62 years of marriage in October. In addition to being a devoted husband, Arthur was a loving father.  He is survived by his children, Jeffery Lohan and his wife Maria of Lansdale, PA, Cindy (Sydney) Lohan of Ridgewood, NJ, Kimberly Lohan of Yardley, PA, Timothy Lohan and his wife Deneen of New Britain, PA; three granddaughters, Karly, Halle, and Linzee; and his step-grandsons, Frank and Austin Dallago.

Arthur was born in Brooklyn, NY, in December of 1933, and was the youngest and third son of the late Francis and Adelaide Schuster Lohan.  He was raised in Brooklyn, NY, Dumont, NJ, and Melbourne, FL, then graduated from Straubenmuller Textile High School of New York City in 1952.

After high school he immediately joined the Navy, attending Naval Airman’s School. His high marks afforded him his choice of Naval career paths which allowed him to pursue his passion of Photography.  Arthur became a skilled aerial photographer for Naval Air Intelligence. This important work found him involved in many highly classified missions for the Navy. He was stationed in Guam, Okinawa, Atsugi, Japan, and finally San Diego where he was head of the Photo Lab during his last two deployments. He was very proud to serve with the United States Navy during the Korean War, a period of time that he said was the best education of his life. 

Following his Naval service, he continued as a professional photographer working for/with Art d’Arazien and later Mitchell Bliss.  It was during this time he would meet his future wife Phyllis Langer on a blind date in March of 1956. It was love at first sight for both of them and they married in October of 1959, which is when the laughter began.

Their growing family inspired Art to transition from photography to the field of printing so that he might travel less and spend more time with his family. He began by working for Photo News, in New York and Maryland, then went on to become the head of graphics and the printing plant for Optical Scanning Corp in Newtown PA. His career in printing continued as a sales manager for Scan Forms, Aspen Group, Spectrum Graphics, PrintMail, Swift Mailers and PMG Services. Arthur enjoyed this work, which often took him into the city where his life began and to the city he loved the most, New York City. He shared many happy adventures with his family in New York, and enjoyed photographing them as well as his favorite landmark, the Brooklyn Bridge. Paris and the Eiffel tower came in second as a city and landmark he loved to photograph. 

In his retirement his first foray back to working was in purchasing a firewood delivery business, Mountaintop Firewood. This venture was full of misadventures that have way too many hilarious memories to count.  If something could go wrong, it did go wrong.  It became an all in two year family adventure. These stories are best told in person.

Arthur then decided to volunteer utilizing his photography skills rather than trying to make money.  He spent at least 10 years photographing the restoration work and the workers of the Battleship New Jersey from the very beginning, as well as photographing many special events that the Battleship hosted.  His favorite event was the July 4th fireworks viewed from the ship.

Photography always in his blood, his greatest passion was capturing special moments in his own life, not the least of which was by chance discovering that his own portrait is on the Korean War Memorial wall in Washington D.C.! This discovery was made while photographing his brother, a Marine, at the memorial wall on the day of its dedication.  This picture, he said, was the best in his career as a photographer.

Although Arthur had a storied career, he enjoyed the simple things in life best, most importantly spending time with his family.  He loved to read books about WWII and Naval History, his favorite series Sherlock Holmes, and always said that books were his friends.  A jack of all trades, Art could fix just about anything mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc.; you name it he could figure it out. He also loved working in wood. The family enjoyed countless vacations together, and have many treasured memories of their time spent on Lake St. Catherine in Vermont with the large extended family. He also enjoyed attending local music and theater events as well as his yearly trip to the WWII Air Show in Reading PA.

Most of all, Arthur will be remembered for his sense of humor, kind spirit, and devotion and love for his family and friends. He was a warm and welcoming person who would meet new people, and in a matter of hours, have a new lifelong friend.  Art could tell a great story and he loved to laugh.  He will be greatly missed by many.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank and Bill Lohan, sister-in-law Iris Lohan, and Lou and Norma Dean Colemen, who were a second set of parents to him while growing up in Melbourne Florida and there for him through the rest of their lives.

Services and interment will take place at a later date.  Please check back on this tribute page for further details. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to a charity of your choice or the Bayada Foundation by visiting https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/1441751.

 

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