Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Harmon Leslie Hoffman Jr., 97, of Williamsburg

Harmon Leslie Hoffman Jr. (Nelsen Williamsburg)

Harmon Leslie Hoffman, Jr., a long-time Williamsburg resident, died peacefully at home on September 26, 2022.

Born in southern Alabama of a Methodist minister and an educator, Mr. Hoffman lived in many communities in Virginia. He served in WW II in the Army Medical Corps and saw action in the Battle of the Bulge as a young medic. He was recognized for his service with a Purple Heart. His progeny are proud of his selfless service and thankful for his survival of that epic conflict.

He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and was involved in the Westminster Fellowship and a German association. Importantly, he met his wife-to-be at the College. He retired to Williamsburg following his work as a materials chemist which included the development of vascular prosthesis.

Harmon was able to fix practically anything, even in the days before YouTube videos. He was in the choirs of Presbyterian churches in Alabama, New Jersey, and Williamsburg and was a music lover always. In Birmingham, Alabama, he lent his baritone to classic opera performances as a chorus member. Harmon loved to travel and accompanied his wife Mary on many adventures in the U.K. and Europe.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Mary Martin Hoffman. Survivors include four sons, Leslie (Susan), John (Pat), Alan, and Robert (Jill); four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, who were his pride and joy.

The extended family would like to express their deep appreciation to his many caregivers for the comfort they provided during his last years.

A private memorial service to celebrate Harmon’s life will be held at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church at a later date. Memorial gifts may be given to the College of William and Mary Arts & Sciences Annual Fund #1413, Office of University Advancement

P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 (www.giving.wm.edu)

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.NelsenWilliamsburg.com for the Hoffman family.

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