"A BROTHER IS NEVER FORGOTTEN"
Charles W. Hoffman Sr.
Former "Fire Chief" 1981-1983
45 year member of Carthage Fire Department
(April 1957 through April 2002)
CARTHAGE, N.Y. — Charles (Chuck) W. Hoffman Sr., 87, died early Monday, Sept. 29, at Lewis County General Hospital Residential Care Facility, Lowville, where he had been a resident for a short time.
Born Dec. 19, 1926, near Fort Stanwick in Rome, N. Y., a son William and Minnie Smith Hoffman, he moved to Carthage with his family at age 8.
Chuck began working as a young boy after attending Carthage Schools. He worked in the old Ice House for the railroad in Carthage, moving on to the logging industry and construction of roads in local areas.
He married Pauline Whitney in 1945. Pauline died in 1983.
Chuck worked for a brief time with the Fort Drum Fire Department. In 1965, he went to work for Braman Manufacturing Co., leaving there to become the Superintendent of DPW for the village of Carthage 1983, retiring in 1990.
Active in the Carthage Fire Dept in 1957 through 2004, serving as Fire Chief from 1980 through 1983, he left that role to become the DPW Chief. He was a member of the Carthage Nighthawks drill team.
Chuck was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman, excelling at most. He was an active member and current President of the Bear Lake Hunting Club. For many years, he was a member of the Carthage Rod and Gun Club and the Trap Team. As a young man, he played on local fast pitch softball teams. His greatest enjoyment was hunting and fishing.
In addition to his wife, Chuck was predeceased by his brothers Richard, Carleton “Babe” and Francis “Bubby” and a sister Dorothy Meyers. Two daughters, Janet Marie and Rita Ellen, died in early childhood due to illness. A daughter, Rosemary Franklin, died in 2009. Four grandsons, Darrin Hoffman, Douglas Franklin, James Gudridge, Terry Elmore, and a great-grandson, J.D. Bowen, passed before him.
Surviving are a sister, Patricia McMahon, Carthage, sons Ronald (Sally) Hoffman, Randy (Deborah) Hoffman, Charles “Crockett” (Kim) Hoffman Jr., all of Carthage, Russell (Gaby) Hoffman, of Darmstadt, Germany, and Gerald (Judy) Hoffman, of Watson and Florida, daughters Ruth (Deward) Barrier, Natural Bridge, and Deborah (James) Hoyt, Ephrata, Pa., 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in the chapel of the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Carthage. Visitation will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carthage Fire Department 685 S James St, Carthage, NY 13619.
The Nighthawks drill team have their first race at Lake Placid - July 19, 2014
Pictured kneeling in front: Mark Roberts Jr and Cole Pacella; Back row from left to right: Keith Bush, Zach Intorcia, Chuck Bluto, Sean McHale, Matt Draper, Tyler Clemons and Brian Draper
Welcome to our newest members: Tyler Clemons and Jacob Walker
Welcome back: David Rosanna
Congratulations for completing Firefighter 1 course: Tom Lazore