Nicholas Roy Hoffman Jr.
July 14, 1920 – December 26, 2019
Nicholas Roy Hoffman Jr., "Roy", peacefully passed away on December 26, 2019 at the venerable age of 99 1/2. Roy was born on July 14, 1920 in In Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was the son of Nicholas Roy Hoffman Sr. of Hennepin, Minnesota and Genevieve Lucille Kimel from Delaware He was the elder brother to the late John Warren Hoffman and Lucille Janet Hoffman Richter. He was also predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Naomi Helene Wennstrom Hoffman of Suffern, New York. Roy moved with his family from Teaneck, New Jersey to a small farm on Airmont Road in Suffern, Rockland County, New York. Growing up on this farm, Roy developed a life long and very deep love for, to borrow a phrase, all creatures great and small. After attending high school, which was next to his home, Roy traveled out west, joyfully working on both cattle ranches and in cattle drives. After a few years he returned to Suffern and began courting his future wife, Naomi. After Pearl Harbor, and upon the United States joined the war effort, Roy enlisted in the Army in 1942. Surviving D-Day, he served in the Euopean Theater as a 3 Stripe Staff Sargeant in the 80th Combat Division, 3rd Squad. During the war, his patrol unit happened to be captured by a handful of Nazis. After a couple of days, Roy convinced his captors to instead surrender to them and become prisoners of the Allies. He also was wounded in battle which gave him a Purple Heart, also receiving several other medals including the Bronze Star. After his discharge from the Army, Roy returned home where he married the love of his life, Naomi, and moved to Monsey. He began working at Lederle Laboratories which was part of the American Cyanamid Company. He worked his way up to management positions in the agricultural chemical division out of Pearl River, New York, working until recieving a full retirement there. Roy never lost his love of the cowboy way of life. He and his wife joined The Inter-State Cowboy Club, where they both enjoyed participating in many rodeos. Roy then became a boat enthusiast, even building his own. He spent many years exploring and enjoying his beloved Huson River. He joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary, moving up in rank and responsibility, gaining recognition for leading Safety Patrols- especially for movie productions and political gatherings. When winter weather kept him from boating, Roy spent his spare time both refurbishing his home as well as wood working and building beautiful furniture pieces as his father used to do. He spent his later years with his wife, Naomi, in nursing homes, never leaving her side until her death in November of 2018. Roy is survived by his daughter Susan, and his grandson Stephen and granddaughter-in-law Virginia. He is also survived by nieces and nephews. He is especially survived by his sister Lucy's youngest daughter Lisa, her husband Tony Smiraldi and their beautiful daughter. They generously gave their time, care and love to both Naomi and Roy, in New York and in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Smiraldis were much loved and appreciated by Roy and his family. Visitation will be held at Wanamaker and Carlough Funeral Home in Suffern, New York on Friday January 3rd from 10:00am-12:00 pm. Funeral services will immediately follow at the FW Loescher Veterans Cemetary of New Hempstead, New York. In lieu of floral tributes, the family asks that any financial remembrances be donated instead to either The Humane Society, The ASPCA or the World Wildlife Foundation.