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Alfred Edward Hoffman

 

The family of Alfred Hoffman is sad to announce his passing on August 6, 2019 at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital surrounded by his loved ones.

Alf was born to Ida and Edward Hoffman on July 26, 1932 in Minnitaki, Ontario. The family later moved to Eagle River before relocating to Kenora in 1952. He had already started work with the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1948. Over the years Alf held many positions with the Company, but his favourite was engineer for Via Rail between Kenora and Ignace.

In 1955 Alf married Stella Kobernyk. They had two daughters, Leslie and Sandra. Alf and Stella enjoyed 33 years of marriage before her untimely passing in 1988.

Alf decided to retire in January 1990 to coincide with the cessation of Via Rail service along that line. Once retired, he volunteered for 25 years with many organizations such as The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 12, the Railway Museum, Bethesda Lutheran Church, Pinecrest Home for the Aged and others. Along the way he met Marian Fish, who became a very significant part of his life as dance partner, companion and dear friend. In recent years Marian became a source of support and care when he needed it and the family loves her and is grateful to her.

Alf is survived by his daughter Leslie Hoffman of Winnipeg and daughter Sandi Homeniuk and husband Jim of Thunder Bay. Also surviving are his brother Rudy and wife Fern of Sechelt, BC and his brother-in-law John Walczak of Kenora as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to Stella he was predeceased by his brother George Hoffman.

The family would like to thank Dr. Grek and more recently Dr. Snyder and the nurses of Three East, especially Siobhan, Jen and Char. Your care and compassion were exceptional.

There will be a memorial service at Alcock Funeral Home, 821 St. Clair Street, Keewatin on Tuesday August 13 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lake of the Woods District Hospital, the local Legion or charity of your choice.