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Bob Hoffman (N3GPP)
Jan 15, 2002
I've only known Bob for several months, but we talked nearly every night on 75m. He always added a lot of life, good stories, and a LOT of laughs to our small group on 3832. As one of our group stated last night, "although I never met him in person, I knew him better than a lot of people that I see everyday."
Bob, we know you are listening, and we all miss you - and we look forward to meeting you once again, just as we always looked forward to sharing our late evenings with you.
Contributed by: (W2AEW)
Bob, N3GPP was MY hero! He valued his days on this planet and knew how to
make people feel wanted. My only regret about knowing Bob for 4 years is that I
never had the joy of meeting him in person.
I will miss him forever, as I'm sure his many friends and family will.
It's sad to think I won't ever hear him I.D. "N3GPP" again.......except maybe in
Good bye Bob,
Rest in Peace.
Contributed by: Zack Elliott (K2BLU)
BOB, I CAN REMEMBER THE FIRST DAY WE MEET ON 3832
I BROUGHT UP THE OLDIES MUSIC SHEET TRIVIA.
WE LAUGHED OUR BUTT'S OFF WITH THE REST OF THE GROUP
SINGING..BUT MOST OF ALL EVERY NIGHT YOU MADE US ALL
LAUGH... TO THE POINT OF CRYING .GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR.
I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE MEET YOU AND THE "hand"...
THE HAND WAS A GREAT JOKE THAT WE ALL ENJOY.
ONLY YOU BOB COULD PULL IT OFF.....
HOPE TO MEET YOU AGAIN, UPSTAIRS ,LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
YOU ARE GOOD PEOPLE..........
R.I.P..... MISS YOU , MARTY.W2OT.
Contributed by: (W2AEW)
Hi my name is tony my ham call is n3for.I new bob and is family for about 15 years on and off the radio I only live about 2 blocks away in lancaster Pa.the First time talk to bob was on cb I was on talking to my friend monday when bob broke in an ask for a radio check so me and monday gave in a check then I ask him if he was from newyork he said yes.So right there we had somthing in common you see I am from brooklyn so we be gain talking about he was tell me he had to go for a kidney transplant he was going to receive from his brother this was in 1988 so me and my friend monday wish him good luck and told him when he gets back to give us a shout.WE never herd from him again so me and monday thought he pass away.Then in 1990 I was listing on 3898.00 and I heard this n3gpp he was sell a ts130 he was pining my meter so I thought this guy has to be close to me so I called him and we were talking and I said to him I think I talk to you before I said you arent the guy that I talk to on cb in 1988 you went for a transplant and he said yes and the mext day we met for the first time.I met bob and his wife debbie we became good friends also my parents became friends with him and his wife and kids and also with the rest of the hoffmans. then at the time I was 0n 3988.00 told him to join the group I said there was a lot of people frome newyork like my friend n2gyn on the Long Iland so we were on that freqency for many years and we were all good friends .Knowing BOB tought me alot bob was a very sick man do to dibeates.Over the passed ten years or so I seen bob in very bad shape with breathing machines on him I spend I lot of time with him and his wife and father in philly and the Genral right here in lancaster .this man always bounce back he was like a cat.he tought me that laughter was what keep in going I also learned alot about his sickness and never say no and to watch doctors that they donot screw you up bob new so much about his sickness they use to call him doctor bob.That his own doctor use to call him for advices.Then In Around year 2000 he need another kidney so he receive one from his younger daughter bobbieann so him and bobby went to Minn. when he first got the kidney it was working then like everthing with bob it stopworking but bob never gave up he took e small jet back to minn. were they gave him antirejection drugs again always laughing it stared to work again bob was ok for another one of his 9 lives when he came back he begain taliking with the crowd 3832.00 were he talk before. Me and bob became a little distence becouse of his divorce from his wife debbie for what ever reason.but we still talk on 3832.00 just the same .knowing bob for so many years tought me lot that laugter keeps you going becouse thats what kept bob going.when I herd he pass through another friend of ares marie I could not bleave it I just seen his mother and sister at the mall I ask the mother how bob she said ok so hearing he pass was a shock to me and my parents . I will always think of bob as a very good friend also knowing put a mark in my life never say know to sickness always laugh becouse that will help heeling alwaya ask Question in hospitals always check your meds do not leave it up to the nurses becouse they will kill you and always laugh,,,,,,,,,,,,In closing good bye to bob as a friend may he modulate the clouds with laughter..................73s............tony n3for
Contributed by: Anthony Galletta (N3FOR)
This QSL card (at the top of this
page) from Bob illustrates is light-hearted and good humored nature. The card was received and submitted by Bob's friend, John Franssen - KF2JG, or "Jersey-John" as Bob would say...
Contributed by: (W2AEW)
I don't want anyone to get nervous when they see his call letters or anything. This is Bob Hoffman's oldest daughter. I have been reading all of the wonderful things written here about my dad. Thank you all for the cards and phone calls offering your condolences. My dad always looked forward to his "radio time," and I know he really enjoyed talking to all of you. Robert Hoffman was my hero. I couldn't have asked for a better father and role model than him. Our relationship changed so much over the years. As a child, I thought he knew everything. As a teenager, I thought he knew nothing. As an adult, I again realized that yes, he did know everything. I was in awe of him. He struggled his whole life with diabetes, yet never lost his lust for life or his sense of humor. It is so hard to believe that the man who raised me, and who was always there for me is gone. I take solace in the fact that he is in a better place....probably filling heaven with laughter. In closing, I just want to say to my dad: I love you Daddy. You will always be alive in my heart and in my memory.....Submitted by Michele Hoffman Laudenslager
Contributed by: (N3GPP)
HELLO,my name is John Hoffman,Roberts younger brother and jokingly introduced as his partsman.I had given my brother a kidney in 4/88 and 1/3 of my pancreas in 9/88.Both surgerys were successful,but he ended up losing the pancreas I had given him.It had worked for 15 days,things looked good until where they grafted it to his bladder had sprung a leak. this had gotten Robert very sick and we almost lost him,but he made it back home after many months in the hospital. Than some year later he recieved a cadaver pancreas an this to ended in failure and almost loss of life.Robert still pushed on with life never giving up, always learning about diabetes,tring never to let it get the best of him. Last year both his daughters were tested because my kidney was starting to fail.His youngest daughter Bobbiann became the best match,everything works out great until he is home for about 2 days. The kidney starts to reject.Once again back in the hospital.After a month or so he came home feeling the best he has ever felt.At the end of 11/01,his oldest daughter,Michele got married.It turned out spectacular,alot of are family were able to attend and see one another again.He dance with Michele gleaming with pride as they talked and danced.He even sang a song by Billy Vera."At This Moment".It sounded great,nobody wanted the night to end.In recent weeks he was having an irregular heart beat.The start of Feb.,he was going to go in the hospital an recieve some IV meds to help take care of it.Robert died of an apparent heart attack in the early hours of Jan.15,the doctor said it was very quick an sudden.This was totaly not expected to happen.In closing I would like to let everyone know that the Hoffman family would like to thank you all in the sharing of our sorrow,he will be missed by all.Robert eventhough there is a small part of me left in you I promise the portion that is left in my "Heart"and all who came to know you I promise "YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN" Love your Brother,THE PARTSMAN, once again thank you all. My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Contributed by: (N3GPP)
I had the priviledge to meet Bob a couple of years ago at his house at a summer get together of a few of the fellas from , at that time, i think we were on 3.818 mhz. Bob never cease to amaze me at how positive he was all the time with his condition. Always upbeat, never a negative outlook. I will miss Bob very much, from the Gallagher family we send our codolences to the Hoffmans. I will always remember Bobs Humour and courage, Your Dad was Great........
Contributed by: howard gallagher (KD1WQ)
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