Harry Hoffman (1924 - 2012)

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Hoffman, Harry Harry Hoffman passed away in Corpus Christi, Tex. November 28, 2012 at the age of 87. Harry leaves behind many friends and family who will always remember his great sense of humor and wonderful smile. Harry and his identical twin brother Jerry were born in Dallas in 1924 and were educated in Dallas schools and at SMU, where they were members of the swimming team. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War, serving as a corpsman. Harry married Hattie Belle Calisch in 1950, and they had three children: Stanley Robert, Amy, and Charles (Chip). Hattie Belle died in 1972 from breast cancer, and Harry moved to Corpus Christi about three years later. He worked at the Corpus Christi Athletic Club as aquatic director from the time they opened until a few years ago when he retired. Harry's love of Corpus, of course, was fishing. He could smell a fish a mile away. You just had to be lucky enough to stand by him when he was fishing, so his luck would rub off on you. In addition to Hattie Belle, Harry was preceded in death by twin brother Jerry (1983) and an older brother Merwin Hoffman (1991.) Harry is survived by his eldest son Stan Hoffman, daughter Amy Mace and her husband Tom Mace, younger son Chip Hoffman, and granddaughter Stacy Hoffman and his long-time companion Rosa Horowitz. Also surviving are godson and nephew Barry Hoffman and niece Karen Parker. Harry's family would also like to thank Dr. Paul Heath and his entire staff who took such good care of him and a special thanks to Gary York for his friendship and support. Plans for a funeral and memorial service are still being developed. "A day without laughter is a day wasted." -- Charlie Chaplin

Published in Dallas Morning News on Nov. 30, 2012
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