William M. Hoffman DMD

August 16, 1916January 29, 2014

William M. Hoffman, DMD, of Quincy, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. He was born in Dorchester, and resided for many years in Quincy. He was a graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College and Harvard Dental School. Dr. Hoffman served in the Pacific in World War II as a member of the 345th Bombardment group in the Army Air Corps. Dr. Hoffman provided dentistry for more than 50 years, first in Mattapan square, then in Quincy. He took an active role as his children grew, participating in scouting and many school activities. He was a supporter of Harvard University and opened his home to several undergraduate students over the years. Dr. Hoffman attended the symphony regularly, and he was an avid fisherman. Beloved husband of Janet (Katz) and the late Laura (Rodman). Devoted father of Donald & Valeria Hoffman, Fredda Cole & her late husband Francis, and Marjorie Serrano & her husband Laurence Johnson. Grandfather of Miguel & Marisa Serrano, Daniel Serrano, Tony & Jessica Hoffman, Maria & Idn Arrington, Joey Hoffman and his wife Arika Peck. Also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Services at the Levine Chapel, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Sunday February 2, at 12noon, with burial to follow at Lindwood Memorial Park, 490 North Street, Randolph. Memorial observance at his late residence following the burial until 8pm, continuing on Monday from 4-8pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Harvard University or Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St., Boston, MA 02110.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, February 2, 2014

William M. Hoffman DMD

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February 9, 2014

Dear Jan: I moved to Michigan last year and I just heard about Willie's passing. My husband Ed Blackman was so fond of him. He was an usher at our wedding in 1948.I enjoyed bumping in to the two of you through the years. Condolences to you and the family.
Love, Gloria Epstein

February 3, 2014

We are so sorry to hear about Will's passing. Sending our condolences and love.

Allison and Daniel Silverstein

Fred Cohen

February 3, 2014

Dear Mrs. Hoffman and family,
Please accept my condolences on Dr. Hoffman's passing. He was my dentist for over 40 years and I considered him a friend. Even after I moved to Newton, I continued at his practice in Quincy until he retired.
We had both graduated from Boston Latin School which gave us a commonality. On his visits to Harvard University during commencements he would always take the time to visit with me at my place of business, Out of Town News, in Harvard Square.
It was pleasure to know him and I will remember him fondly.

Arienne Noble

February 2, 2014

Dear Margie, Jan and family,
We were very sorry to hear of Will's passing. I wish that we could be there with you, but please know that you are in our thoughts.
Love and hugs,
Arienne, Robert, Dallas and Colin

February 2, 2014

Dear Marjorie and Jan,
So sorry to hear of will's passing. Wish I could be there to hold your hand. I will always cherish the years
I worked for him.Sorry we cannot be
present because we are in Florida now.
ceil and eli

Mark Johnson

February 1, 2014

Dear Margie and family:

Mary, Evan and I are so sorry for your loss. I was very touched by the way Will welcomed us into the family. He was a warm, very unpretentious man who was fun to be around. He took an interest in all of us and always asked what Evan was up to. You could tell he loved to be with his family and understood the importance of those relationships. He didn't seem to need very much to be happy. We will be thinking of him and of you. Our prayers are with you. Mark, Mary-Liz and Evan

January 31, 2014

Dear Margie and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. Hold close to you the many wonderful memories you have of this genuinely lovely man. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deirdre Mealey

January 31, 2014

Dear Margie,
We are so sorry for your loss. We know what a wonderful person your dad was and enjoyed all the wonderful stories that were told about him over the years. He was clearly a very giving person and we know he will be missed. We know the stories will continue and although he will be missed he will live on through the many people he touched in his life.

Malorie and Michael Butera

Judy Johnson

January 30, 2014

Dear Margie and Jan, I am so sorry to hear that Will has passed away. He was a brilliant center of energy; the world seemed brighter, funnier, and more alive to everything that could happen when he was there to respond to it and to center it. I can remember so many times when I visited with you, and just to sit near Will and chat, and hear his lively and amusing take on things gave me new energy to go on with my own life. Nothing is ever lost or wasted, and the energy he gave lives on in his children and grandchildren. I can see so much of him in Margie, and a slightly different form of that energy in Fredda, and in Miguel and Daniel. Jan, please summon your courage and your own brave heart to take comfort in the knowledge that the world and all of us were all the better for his having been with us. My love is with you in this difficult time.
Judy Johnson

Annette VanderStaay

January 30, 2014

Margie, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your family at this time.