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Bernard H. Hoffman

Bernard H. Hoffman, born to Louis and Anna Hoffman in Red Bank, NJ on April 11, 1933, regretfully passed away Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. He was raised in Red Bank and graduated from Red Bank High School in 1951. He was awarded the Howard Whitfield Legal Scholarship and graduated from Washington Square College of New York University in 1955. He was a member of the Honorary Historical Society, the Spanish Club, the Pre-Law Society and the Political Forum Club. He was also the treasurer of Phi Beta Kappa and treasurer of the Opera Club.

In 1958, he graduated from New York University School of Law. His activities at law school included being a finalist in the Moot Court "B" Division and Phi Alpha Lambda. In 2008, he became a member of the Golden Circle at NYU. He proudly served in the Army reserves from 1958-1964. After law school, he returned to his beloved Red Bank and began practicing law with Arnone and Zager, Esqs. Nine years later, he proudly began his own family law practice. In January 2012, he retired from Hoffman and Schreiber, Esqs.

In 1960, he became a respected member of the New Jersey Bar Association. In 1975, he was honored for his services as Chairman of the Family Law Section by the New Jersey State Bar. In 1961, he became a member of the Monmouth Bar Association. He was Chair of the Monmouth Bar Family Law Committee for many years. In March 2011, he was honored by the Monmouth Bar for being a member practicing law for over 50 years. In 1968, he became a member of the American Bar Association.

In 1963, he was qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. In 1974, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 1986, he was designated a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. In 1987, he was president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served as Municipal Court Judge in Shrewsbury for 9 years.

Being the wonderful attorney and employer that he was, he was twice recognized as Attorney of the Year by the Monmouth Legal Secretaries Association. He received many honors during his career from many law associations as well as the New Jersey Supreme Court. In the early 1970s, he was a member of the Red Bank Board of Adjustment, Red Bank Civil Rights Commission and Local Draft Board #46. He was very proud to be recognized and inducted into the Red Bank High School Hall of Fame in 2009.

Bernie established numerous lifelong friendships beginning with his childhood in Red Bank and throughout his career and adult life. He cherished his work as an attorney and was proud of the wonderful relationships he enjoyed over the years. His children will always be proud of him and his accomplishments. As a father, he is unequalled in the love and support he openly gave to his children. His passing will forever be felt but we are happy to know he led a beautiful life enjoying every moment.

He was predeceased by his older brother, Alvin Hoffman and nephew, Brian Hoffman. He leaves behind his son, Alan Hoffman and wife Jessica and grandchildren, Emily and Vivienne of Oceanport; daughter, Marla Hoffman and four legged granddaughter, Pearl of Tinton Falls; and niece, Holly Hoffman of Ft. Lauderdale and nephew, Curtis Hoffman, FL. He will be remembered by numerous friends, relatives and colleagues that he will forever hold dear in his heart.

A viewing will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. Graveside services will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel Cemetery, Riverdale Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. The family will be holding Shiva at Buona Sera, 50 Maple Ave., Red Bank, NJ on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. and all are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorial contributions be made to the Amyloidosis Foundation or Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Oct. 8, 2013.
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October 11, 2013
Rest in peace Bernie. So many will miss you.
Joyce Somerville
October 11, 2013
We already miss our dear friend Bernie. Martinis won't be the same without him. Suzanne and Sidney Goldwert
October 11, 2013
I had the pleasure of working for Mr. Hoffman for more than twenty years. During that time he was a consummate gentleman and a patient, kind mentor. He never flaunted his scholarly achievements or the high esteem in which he was held by his peers. I am honored to have been one of his
"flowers" and heartbroken that I will see his smile and hear his laugh only in my dreams.

October 10, 2013
Alan, Jessie and family .... Sam and I just learned about your the passing of Alan's dad. We are so sorry for your sorrow and loss. Keep all those good memories alive for comfort.
Sam & Joan Garner
October 9, 2013
I was saddened to learn of Bernie's passing. He was an exemplary attorney; a credit to his profession and his community. Above all, he was a gentleman in an era when civility and kindness have all but vanished. He will be deeply missed.
Peter Allegra
October 9, 2013
I had the pleasure of knowing Bernie Hoffman for over 25 years. I worked at Monmouth County Superior Court Family Division. He always had a smile.
My thoughts & prayers are with his family. He will be missed
Ellen Sunshine
October 8, 2013
Marla and Alan, we are deeply saddened by the news of Bernie passing away. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you at this time.
It feels like it was just yesterday that we were playing in the pool at Obre Place. Bernie was always working or reading the newspaper while being the lifeguard on duty. He was so funny at times.
Bernie was also very generous. He was willing to help anyone in a time of need. We will miss you Bernie.

The Calandriello Family
October 8, 2013
I knew Mr. Hoffman since I was a child. What I remember most is the smile on his face. My sympathy to the family for the loss of this kind soul. Jacqueline Dwyer
Jacqueline Dwyer
October 8, 2013
Our sincere condolences
Amyloidosis Support Groups
October 8, 2013
I had the pleasure of using Bernie as my attorney in a bitter divorce situation on the advice of a friend after going thru several other divorce attorneys. He made a difference for myself and my children and I will always think of him fondly. He was an asset to the profession and will be sadly missed. Sincere condolences to his family. Carol Nannini
October 8, 2013
Rest in peace, my dear Bernie. Yours was always a smiling face that I was happy to see. Thank you for giving me my Marla.
Andrea Purscell
October 8, 2013
Marla, we are very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear father. Our condolences to you and your family.
Frank and Shannon Connor
October 8, 2013
It was a great honor to have known Bernie and consider him a friend. He always had a bright hello and big smile for everyone he met. He will be very warmly remembered and greatly missed.
Howard Margolin
October 8, 2013
Sending my deepest condolences from miles away. I wish I could be there to give you comfort and support during this difficult time. I have fond memories of your father with his great sense of humor and his love and generosity towards his children. You had such a beautiful relationship with him and he adored you very much. May he rest in eternal peace. I will keep you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time. Sending hugs from Florida
October 8, 2013
Rest in peace dear cousin...

Maxine Rescorl
Maxine Rescorl
October 7, 2013
Bernie Hoffman was a class act. He was a true gentleman and a fine lawyer. I had the pleasure of working for him in 1984-1986. He was always kind to me, both when I worked for him and after. All lawyers would benefit by following his fine example of how to comport oneself both in and out of a courtroom. I extend my condolences and wishes of comfort to Alan and Marla.
Richard Reich
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