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Chenango Bridge: Clarence M. Hoffmaster (age 85) passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, November 23, 2013 and is now with his Lord and Savior. He was predeceased by his parents, Ida Gharret and Malcolm David Hoffmaster. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Anna; and four daughters, Diane and Richard Schwarz, Sandra and Timothy Giblin, Nancy and Joseph Griswold, Wendy and Michael Scott. Clarence has ten grandchildren, Michael and wife Kristin Schwarz, Breanna, Adam, and Daniel Giblin, Nicholas, Matthew and wife Danielle, and Kimberlee Griswold, and Lucas, Samantha and Dominic Scott. Also, great-grandchildren, Ryan and Audrey Schwarz. Clarence was a member of the Chenango Bridge First United Methodist Church, Chenango Seniors, Kattelville Seniors, American Legion Post 1194, and the Yankee Run Inn Outing Club. Clarence proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, 2nd Aircraft Wing serving in WWII and during the Korean Conflict. In his younger years, he was a pilot and has always enjoyed flying. He was co-owner and manager for Duplicating Products Co. and retired as manager of the Copier Department at Pierson's Office Supply. He enjoyed nature and being outdoors. Clarence was an avid hunter and true sportsman. His family was the most important part of his life. Clarence enjoyed engaging people in conversation, listening to them and would bring out the best in all he encountered. The family would like to thank the nurses at Wilson Hospital NT3. Also, a huge thank you to Dr. Stamato and Kristen Lewis for the many years of compassionate care. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at the Chenango Bridge First United Methodist Church, 740 River Rd. with Rev. Dr. Roger L. Frederick officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home, 737 Chenango St., Port Dickinson and again on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory can be made to the Chenango Bridge First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 501, Chenango Bridge, NY 13745.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 25 to Nov. 27, 2013