Philip Verplanck Hoffman (11/10/30-4/20/11) died in San Francisco after a brief illness. A native San Franciscan, Philip was the younger son of Dr. and Mrs. Herman Hoffman (Styleta Sis Kane). Philip's older brother Jack pre deceased him. In 2010, he lost his beloved wife of 52 years, Nancy Bent Hoffman, whom he met in the battle to preserve the City's cable cars in the early 1950s. His surviving family members include: Janet Jansse Breuner (Richard), Mary Kane Roitz (Stan), Elizabeth Jansse Fitzenz, Mary Lou Mc Donald Myers Cravens (Hartley). A 45 year employee of the State Compensation Insurance Fund, Philip was a proud San Franciscan and a lecturer and author on the history of its street railways. He was a Board Member of the Market Street Railway, Muni's private not-for-profit partner, and a volunteer pet socializer at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for eleven years. A Mass will celebrate Philip's life at 11:30AM on Thursday, May 12, 2011, at St. Dominic's Church, Bush at Steiner Streets in San Francisco. Donations may be made in his memory to the Market Street Railway (www.streetcar.org) or the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Published in San Francisco Chronicle on May 1, 2011