Fred R. Hoffman

February 10, 2020
Fred R. Hoffman

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Hayes, VA – Fred Ralph Hoffman took his final flight into the arms of his Savior on Feb. 10, 2020.  He was born to Vanetta and Fred Hoffman in Califon, N.J. on April 26, 1935.

Fred served 4 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 VA 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 VA.

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 N.C. 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 VA 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, VA; daughter, Kristen (Scott) Griffith; and two grandchildren, Capri and Katarina Bryant of Williamsburg, VA.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, VA., Sat. Feb. 29, at 1:00 pm………   Model A’s 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.



Saturday, February 29, 2020
1:00 PM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • February 22, 2020
    Brian & Wendy (Albanese) Douglas says:
    You were a family friend for nearly 50 years and you will be remembered and missed by us all. You were always there with hugs, stories, lessons and lots and lots of laughter. You shared the best of yourself and by doing so, you brought out the best in everyone that was lucky enough to know you. Rest easy and fly high, dear friend.

  • February 28, 2020
    Macey Thomas says:
    Fly on, proud bird! You’re free at last. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  • February 28, 2020
    Barbara Rainey Sokol says:
    I flew many trips with Fred in the 70’s. He was so much fun, yet very professional. Always a pleasure to fly with him! My sincere condolences to his family.

  • February 28, 2020
    Tammie Kechula says:
    Fred Hoffman. What a man of pride. He loved telling stories about his days of being a pilot, and all the big names he had met. When I remember Fred its his charm that shined loudest. That's just who he was. The sparkle in his eye was reflective in the kindness of his heart. He loved Rodney, and was incredibly proud of him in every way.. I am Connie's sister, and I know that he definately had sincere love for his Florida family. He will be truly missed in our family. -Tammie Kechula

  • February 26, 2020
    Wayne & Gail Griffith lit a candle:
    Lit since February 26, 2020 at 2:33:05 PM