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Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS

OBITUARY

Joseph "Butch" Maxwell Hoffman

April 10, 1947February 16, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts that we the family announce the passing of Joseph Maxwell “Butch” Hoffman on February 16,2020 at the age of 72, in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital with loving family at his side. He was the son of the late Max and Sis (Catherine) Hoffman. Born in Glace Bay he resided in this community for the rest of his life. He worked for the former town of Glace Bay for almost 30 years where he was highly respected by many of its employees. In his younger days he was active in hockey, baseball, broomball and soft ball. Later he became a Minor Hockey League Coach. He was inducted into The Cape Breton Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1968 Oland’s Bay Boys and the 1971 Glace Bay Jr. Miners Baseball team. He was also inducted into the Glace Bay Wall of Fame and the Maritime Hall of Fame as a member of the 1968 Oland’s Bay Boys. Later in life he took up golf and was a member of Lingan Golf and Country Club where he enjoyed the friendship of many other golfers. He was especially close to his older brother, Jimmy. Together they played sports, travelled on family vacations and to hockey and ball games in Montreal and New York. Butch was an avid Montreal Canadiens and New York Yankee fan and was fortunate to travel to these cities to attend their games. He was very involved in family. He was the go-to-guy whenever problems arose, always ready with a helping hand and sound advice. Most winters he could be found at the local rinks with his two grandsons cheering them on. He is survived by his wife, Jean (Bishop), daughter Lori, son Kyle, grandchildren Mitchell, Keighan, Kylie, Mannix and Kingston. He is also survived by brothers Jimmy (Loretta) and Ralph (Belinda); sisters Betty Saccary and Marilyn Sarty, sister-in-law Terry (Doug) Sheppard, many special nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly, also his special buddy, Blake. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his youngest brother Kenneth and brother-in-law Bruce Sarty. According to his wishes cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Patten Funeral Home, His ashes will be scattered by family in the spring. Special thanks to our families for all the love and support they have shown him during this time. He would have been so grateful to know how much they cared for him. Thank you also to the nurses, doctors of the ICU and Palliative Care. To Cori, and the paramedics who arrived on the scene our sincere Thanks. Thanks also to neighbours Mary Pat and Greg Gillis, Catherine and Bugs Seward, all those who visited, sent cards and food. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.pattenfuneral.com HE IS GONE You can shed tears that he is gone, Or you can smile because he lived. You can close your eyes and pray that he will Come back. Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him, Or you can be full of the love that you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember him and only that he is gone, Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty And turn your back, Or you can do what he would want: Smile, open your eyes, Love and go on. David Harkins

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Ron MacNeil

February 24, 2020

Sorry to hear that Butch has passed,he was a competitive guy for sure.
God Bless him and his family.

Ron MacNeil

Richard Daigle

February 23, 2020

Sincere condolences to the family of Butch; in our prayers the Daigle Family. Take care. Richard Daigle and Family

Ben Furey

February 22, 2020

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. God bless . Sincerely, Benny and Heather Furey

Mickey Gouthro

February 20, 2020

Sending our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the
Hoffman Family of Butch's passing.
May your precious memories give you comfort at this sad time.
Mickey and Gail Gouthro

Karen Wilson

February 20, 2020

We would like to extend condolences to the Hoffman family. May Butch Rest In Peace.

Donnie and Karen Wilson

Keith Anderson

February 20, 2020

Heard of butch growing up .didnt really know him well until coached mitchell in hockey got to know him well always had a few laughs and he was a great grand father .sorry for ur loss. Fess

Bob Baxter

February 20, 2020

Jean, Jim , Ralph and family please accept our sincere condolences on Butch's passing. Having known him for many years, was always impressed with his love and pride of family, ability to overcome problems and his successful sports background. RIP Buddy.

Terry&Deneyse Johnston

February 19, 2020

To Jean , Ralph and family,

We were saddened to hear of Butch’s passing. May all of your wonderful memories help you through the difficult times. May he Rest In Peace.
Sorry we are unable to attend service. Please take care.

Todd Burns

February 19, 2020

Jean, Lori, Kyle: I only wish I had the words to articulate how I feel right now. I have so many fond memories of spending time with Butch. He taught me how to skate, play ball, and he tried to teach me how to golf but even Butch had limits to what he could do with me. I remember going up to stay with Jean and Butch on Highland Street and also on Bathgate and maybe sneaking a cigar or two. I look back with the fondest of memories, love and appreciation for having had the opportunity to spend so much quality time with Butch. RIP my friend and thank you for the memories.

Jean, Lori and Kyle: with all of our love and sympathy,

Todd and Laurie Burns

Glenn Wadman

February 19, 2020

I would add my condolences to family and friends of 'Butch' Hoffman, especially to my old friend his brother Ralph. Though I didn't know Joseph much by direct association, I did come to have a certain admiration for him as someone who had modestly carved out a good productive life for himself and his family in Glace Bay, quite beyond his athletic achievements along with Jimmy and Ralph, the Bonnars, and the rest of the 'Caledonia' crew that I watched compete so closely with Parkside on the Senior B softball fields. Again, my condolences to family on the occasion of a good man's passing. Glenn Wadman

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