Fred Ralph Hoffman of Hayes, took his final flight into the arms of his Savior on Feb. 10, 2020.
He was born to Vanetta and Fred Hoffman in Califon, New Jersey, on April 26, 1935.
Fred served four years in the Air Force, some of that time spent in England where he started to follow his passion of flying by taking lessons in a neighboring town. Fred then returned to Virginia and went to work at the Yorktown Oil Refinery. He continued to work on a flying career by obtaining advanced ratings and even started a flying club, with his friend Bo, at Patrick Henry and managed the West Point Airport in Virginia.
Fred was hired by Piedmont Airlines in 1966. He started as first officer on a DC-3 and retired in 1994 as Captain on the 757/767 with USAir, after their merger with Piedmont. He would often say, “I can’t believe I’m getting paid for this!” After retirement, he flew for the North Carolina Forest Service and the Civil Air Patrol at Patrick Henry.
When not flying you could find Fred working on classic and antique cars, his second passion, and enjoyed belonging to the Colonial Virginia Model A Ford Club for 30 plus years.
Fred was a proud 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason and, also, a Noble Shriner; as a Shriner he and his friend, Bobby, had flown children with cancer and their families to St. Jude’s Hospital, at no cost to the families.
Left to cherish his memories and retell his many stories are his sons, Rodney and Dean Hoffman of Florida, Andrew (Allison) Hoffman of Rhoadesville; daughter, Kristen (Scott) Griffith, and two grandchildren, Capri and Katarina Bryant of Williamsburg.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Saturday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m. Model As are more than welcome!!
In lieu of flowers, a donation would be appreciated at: Williamsburg Aviation Scholarship Program, 102 Marclay Road, Williamsburg, Va. 23185, attn: Charley.