Robert Carson Hoffman, 67, reached the finish line of his life journey on May 3, 2019 after a 10-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. He died peacefully at his home in Cary, N.C.
A celebration of the life of Robert Carson Hoffman was held June 30 in Cary, N.C. Memorial contributions may be made to Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, P.O. Box 247, Geneva, N.Y. 14456, www.SenecaLake.org.
He leaves behind the family, friends, and colleagues who shared his journey to cherish their memories of him.
Bob was born and raised in Dresden, where he spent countless hours of his youth skiing and swimming in Seneca Lake. He left Dresden as a young adult, but his love for the area never left him. He returned each summer with his family to his happy place, to enjoy the lake, visit family, and catch up with old friends.
Bob attended Virginia Polytechnic University, where he earned a B.S. in Biology in 1973. After graduation, he enrolled in Officer Training School and served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years as a flight navigator on C-130 cargo missions. He then used the GI Bill to earn an M.S. in Computer Science from N.C. State University.
In 1982, Bob was hired by IBM in Raleigh, N.C., writing computer programs for retail store systems. It was in Raleigh that Bob met Susan DeLeon, whom he wed in 1987.
They moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where Bob took a job as a systems engineer. A few years later, he became a marketing manager, and they relocated to Alameda, Calif., where Lindsay Allison Hoffman was born in 1991.
The Hoffman family returned to North Carolina in 1993 when Bob accepted a job to lead IBM’s Retail Store Systems Services practice. He remained in professional services management with IBM, and later with Toshiba, until his retirement in 2017.
Bob was a runner. It was a part of who he was. He competed in many road races, from sprints to ultra-marathons. He shared his enthusiasm for running with Lindsay. While in California, Bob also took up golf, which became another lifelong passion.
Bob and Susan would like to thank the many medical professionals who treated him during his long illness, and in particular, the Duke Hematology-Oncology staff for their excellent care. Special acknowledgment extends to Bob’s sister Donna, who provided the invaluable gift of her stem cells for his bone marrow transplant in 2012.
Bob’s spirit will live on in Susan and Lindsay; his sister, Donna (Bill) Gelder of Dresden, niece Amy Gelder of Penn Yan; and nephew Evan Gelder of Rochester. He is also survived by aunts Miriam (Bill) Kempf Smith and Leda Hoffman of Altoona, Pa., and several cousins. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert L. and Jessie Hoffman, as well as his loyal canine companion, Bogey.