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William H. Hoffman Jr.

1944-2012 ADAMS William H. Hoffman Jr. of Huntington Beach, Calif., died Sunday, July 29th following a long illness.

Born in Raleigh, N.C., on December 27, 1944, he was the son of the late William and Elease Hoffman. He was raised in Adams, where his parents ran a floral shop.

Bill graduated from Lenox School for Boys in 1962 and from Northeastern University in 1966 where he received a BS in Industrial Engineering. He entered the Army and served in the Vietnam conflict, gaining the rank of Captain, US Army Corps of Engineers. Following his discharge from the Army he began working for the Tumpane Company, a worldwide airfield maintenance company. His job took him to many areas in the US and abroad, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. After returning to the states he and his family settled in Huntington Beach, Calif., and he opened the first software only store in the US. In 1983 he purchased an Apple dealership which he eventually sold and then opened the House of Generators. He retired in 2007 due to ill health.

Bill's interest in World War I history led him to publish a periodical about the war entitled "Over There!" for ten years. The Smithsonian Museum selected "Over There!" for their periodical section. He owned a 1943 Weapons Carrier and volunteered to transport the Pearl Harbor survivors in the annual 4th of July parade in Huntington Beach for many years.

Bill was a loving, caring, giving, genuinely nice man and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife Penny (McClintock) and son William H. Hoffman III of Huntington Beach, Calif.

A Celebration of Life was held on August 25th in Huntington Beach,CA.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 30, 2012
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