Hoff, John E. "Jack"
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Pittsford: April 30, 2013 at age 86. Born Feb 20, 1927 to William (Fred) and Agnes (O'Brien) Hoff. Predeceased by his parents, brother Fred Hoff, and son Michael E Hoff.
Survived by his loving wife of 62 years Elizabeth H. (Walsh) Hoff; daughter, Peggy A. Hoff; son, John J. Hoff; 4 grandchildren, Bradley Williams, Jay Hoff, Tyler Hoff, Lindsay Hoff; sister, June Reynolds and brother, Robert Hoff.
Jack grew up in the Rochester area, and exhibited an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. Jack had a newspaper route at the age of 8, was Lead Orderly at Strong Memorial Hospital at the age of 16, and also operated a gas station with his brothers. Prior to graduating from Edison Tech, Jack joined the US Navy in the Medical Corps. When the war ended he completed his high school studies and enrolled at the University of Rochester where he majored in Chemistry with the intent to continue on to Medical School. In order to pay for college he purchased a few trucks and formed a refuse hauling business with his brother, Bob. They would get up at 4:00 AM work the routes and attend classes afterwards. Upon graduation, their business had grown to include several trucks and contracts. Tired of being poor, he decided to forego medical school and make Hoff Brothers Refuse Company his life. He also developed and owned the High Acres Landfill. Jack and his brothers sold the refuse company and landfill to Waste Management in the early 1970s. Through the years he started a number of other companies. After he left the employ of Waste Management in 1978, he finished his career in one of those businesses (optical hardware) with his son, Michael.
Jack had a passion for the game of golf. He helped build Penfield CC by using his trucks on weekends to haul dirt and sand. He joined Oak Hill CC in 1962 where he made some of his closest friends. Jack played golf all over the USA and occasionally internationally competing as an amateur. He won the NY State Seniors, local District Seniors and qualified for the U.S. Sr. Amateur. He was the General Chairman of the 1980 PGA hosted by Oak Hill CC and presented Jack Nicklaus with the Wanamaker trophy that year. His dedication to Oak Hill earned him an honorary member status. Jack retired at a young age and spent many winters living and playing at Mariner Sands in Stuart FL. Included in his accomplishments was the induction into the Edison Tech Hall of Fame and National Solid Waste Management Association Hall of Fame. Jack leaves us with 11 holes in one….and fond memories of his humor and wit. But most of all, he will be remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Friends may call Sunday, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10 AM at St. Thomas More Church, 2617 East Ave. Entombment at White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: Lewy Body Dementia Assoc., 912 Killian Hill Rd., S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, www.lbda.org/go/donate. To share a memory of Jack or send a condolence to the family visit www.anthonychapels.com.
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from May 2 to May 5, 2013