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Liam O’LOUGHLIN

Liam Patrick O’Loughlin, aged 90, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2023. He was the beloved husband of Joya, who preceded him in death in 2014. Liam was a devoted father to his children: Brother Peter O’Loughlin C.F.C., Christine (Mark Beynon), Marc (Leonora), Patrick (Joy), and Luke (Audra). He cherished his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and found immense joy in his family. Liam was born in Sydney, Australia on October 17, 1933, and was the middle child of Patrick and Mary Catherine (Polly) O’Loughlin. His sisters Nancy and recently deceased Maureen (Alistair) held special places in his life, as well as his sister-in-law Elizabeth Kirk.

After completing high school, Liam joined his father in the hotel industry. In 1955, he encountered Joya at a Catholic Youth Organization dance and they married the following year. At the young age of 28, Liam took over the family business after his father’s sudden passing in Ireland. With determination and success, he owned and operated hotels in various suburbs of Sydney. During this time, Liam developed a love for golf, a passion that endured when he and his family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada on January 1, 1976. Immersed in a new community, the Dumas family became an integral part of Liam’s life, particularly after his father’s death. In Vancouver, he owned and managed several pubs and liquor stores, often relying on the assistance of his sons Marc and Patrick. His membership at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club allowed him to cultivate lasting friendships over his 47 years of affiliation.

Liam and Joya were avid travelers, embarking on numerous adventures throughout their lives. From local trips in Canada to journeys across the globe, they explored diverse destinations such as Newfoundland, the Maritimes, Ontario, Qu├ębec, Ireland, Greece, Norfolk Island, Italy, the United Kingdom, Israel, and numerous states in the USA. Despite Joya needing encouragement to board planes and ships, their shared experiences deeply enriched their lives.

Liam’s unyielding Roman Catholic faith served as an anchor throughout his life. He held a steadfast belief in the power of priests, religious sisters and brothers, and their unwavering support. Despite experiencing the loss of his beloved wife, Joya, in 2014, Liam’s faith carried him through difficult times. Known for his extraordinary generosity, he silently and quietly aided those in need with monetary gifts that touched countless lives. Liam dedicated his time to giving back, serving as a Board Member at Corpus Christi and St. Mark’s Colleges for over two decades.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to Maria Basinang, Liam’s devoted primary caregiver for the past eighteen months. They also acknowledge the doctors and nurses who provided compassionate care during Liam’s final months, particularly those at Mount St. Joseph Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital. Liam’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of his family and loved ones. However, his extraordinary life and unwavering commitment to his faith, family, and community will forever remain a cherished legacy.

Prayers will be held on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Vancouver. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, November 2, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the same church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Liam’s honor to The Palliative Care Centre of Vancouver General Hospital.

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