2015-10-08 / Obituaries

Robert N. ‘Bob’ Hoffman

After a long and sometimes exciting and often challenging life, Robert N. Hoffman, 95, of Essex Road, Willsboro, NY, moved on to the hereafter on September 26, 2015. He passed away at the UVM Health Network, CVPH, Plattsburgh.

It all started when Bob was born on September 16, 1920, the first son of Joseph J. N. Hoffman and Justine Coe Mosgrove Hoffman, in Waterbury Ct. The family including Bob's younger brother, Clifford, moved to Carmel, NY, in 1930 where the boys attended grammar school. Their father died unexpectedly in 1935 and their mother required hospitalization. The boys went to live with their paternal grandmother, Josephine L. Hoffman, in the South Bronx, resulting in an awesome change in lifestyle! But, grandma and the boys moved to North Pelham, NY, in 1926 where they entered the Pelham School system. Both boys graduated from Pelham Memorial High school, one of the best, for sure. College was not an option, so Bob went to work for the Pitney Bowes Postage Meter Company at their New York City office on September 1, 1939. That date may sound familiar!

In 1942 he was scooped up by the Pelham Draft Board and spent nearly four years in the Army where he became Personnel Sergeant Major of the 871st Airborne Engineer Battalion (Aviation) serving in New Guinea, the Shouten Islands and on Luzon in the Philippines. After the war ended, Bob returned to Pitney Bowes and was also involved with the Congregational Church of the Pelhams and the Christian Endeavor Movement. At one time, Bob was the Editor of the Empire State Endeavorer.

On October 12, 1958, he and Barbara Easton Kellogg were married at the Brewster Baptist Church in a brief ceremony designed to last! Their three children, Joseph J., Stephen G. and Lucy E. Hoffman all graduated from Pelham Memorial High School and went on with higher education and into rewarding careers. After completing 56 years with Pitney Bowes, and enjoying all of it, Bob and Barbara moved to the North Country after his retirement. Barbara had become an ordained United Church of Christ pastor. Left to cherish his memories are his lovely wife of 56 years Rev. Barbara K. Hoffman, his son Joseph (Linda) who lives in Canton, OH, son Steve who lives in Cortland Manor, NY, and daughter Lucy (Michael Guido) who lives in Pelham, NY.

In addition to his beloved brother Clifford Hoffman from Colorado, he is survived by his grandchildren Timothy Guido who is a freshman at The College of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY, Sarah Guido who is a sophomore at Pelham Memorial High School and James Robert Hoffman who is in the first grade attending Avondale Elementary School in Canton, OH. All of Bob's family, including his brother Clifford have survived him, much to his joy. To say the least, it has been a joyous and fulfilling life, but it was time to move on. Services are to be held at a later date and will announced. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, (518) 643-9055.

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