Bill Lofthouse, who founded the Phoenix float-building company in Pasadena, died Saturday in Arcadia. He was 68. Lofthouse died from pancreatic cancer. Phoenix Floats with Lofthouse and family builds nearly 50% of all floats annually in the Tournament of Roses parade. He was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Methodist Hospital Foundation in Arcadia, and served as city councilmen in Bradbury Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 512 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Methodist Hospital Foundation.
Sue Francis from Methodist Hospital said:
“Bill was a natural philanthropist who loved people and gave generously of himself and his time. His personality was infectious, and his leadership and loyal support of Methodist Hospital inspired us all. He was a true friend, and we will miss him dearly.”