Erwin Herman Hoffman passed away suddenly in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Saturday, December 12th, 2009. Erwin was born in Vernon, B.C. to Herman and Annie Hoffman on June 29th, 1943.
Erwin grew up in the Anderson Subdivision area of Vernon attending various schools including Beairsto, Harwood, WL Seaton and finally Fulton. Living and working on a farm proved to be in Erwin’s blood.
Erwin married Judy Helmsing on April 24, 1965 and purchased the family farm from his parents. As well, Erwin worked for Northern Electric until 1965 when he took a position with BC Hydro where he stayed until he retired more than 40 years later.
Over the next few years, Erwin and Judy had three children, Diane, Brian and Dawn. In 1975, Erwin purchased Top “O” The Valley Farms in Spallumcheen where he continued to farm, work for BC Hydro and raise his family.
Although Erwin was a hard worker, he always had time to play. For many years, Erwin played hockey for the Head of the Lake Stampeders in the North Okanagan hockey league and was a faithful watcher of the NHL.
Erv’s passion was to be a great fisherman and hunter. Every fall, Erwin and his posse would travel to Pink Mountain to hunt and fish. Over the years, this became Erwin’s only holiday away from the farm as he developed a great friendship with the Trask family who farm at Pink Mountain. For the past 40 years, Erwin would travel north to help his friends on their farm and to hunt and fish. Not too many things were caught, but the trip was always a success in Dad’s eyes.
As a local farmer, Erwin was know to many in the community and helped fellow farmers and friends whenever they needed help. This is how Erwin was at work and with his family as well.
Erwin developed many friendships throughout the years with his many BC Hydro coworkers and businesses in the area. Erwin could be found regularly at Fisher’s Hardware or Hong Kong Village Restaurant having coffee with the boys. Lots of hunting and fishing stories would be told and many plans would be made for the next big catch or the next big sale.
Erwin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Judy; his children, Diane (Mark) Thiessen of Armstrong, B.C., Brian (Wendee) Hoffman of Fruitvale, B.C., and Dawn (Norm) Brulé of Coldstream, B.C.; 6 grandchildren, Tony and Delisa Thiessen, Taylor and Berlyn Hoffman, and Alysha and Calvin Brulé; one brother, Freddy (Rosella) Hoffman; numerous nephews, nieces and extended family members. Erwin was predeceased by his parents Herman (1981) and Annie (2004) Hoffman, his best friend Doug Eigeard (September 2009) and numerous other special friends and family members.
Dad loved to spend time with his grandchildren and to teach them things on the farm like lawn mower tractor races. His family knew that whenever they needed help Dad would be there to do whatever was necessary. If he didn’t have what you needed, he knew where to or how to get it. Dad will be remembered for his kind and generous ways and was respected by everyone who knew him. Dad will be greatly missed by his family and his extended family including his friends, coworkers and acquaintances.
In respecting Erwin’s wishes, he was cremated and a Celebration Of Life Tea will be held early in the New Year. Please watch for details regarding this Celebration which will be printed in a future edition of this paper.
As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may make donations in memory of Erwin to the Light A Bulb Campaign, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, 2101 32 St. Vernon, B.C. V1T 9Z9
The Hoffman family would also like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Yacyshyn, Dr. Gabra, Dr. Chai and the nursing staff in ICU for their care during this difficult time.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Funeral arrangements have been made with Bethel Funeral Chapel Ltd., 5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5, 250-542-1187.
We wish that we could see you Dad,
For just a little while,
We wish that we could hug you and
See your lovely smile,
But wishing gets us nowhere,
And longing is in vain.
So we will hold you in our hearts.
Until we meet again.
We will miss you and love you forever
Gabriel Jimmy Boy!