Harry W. Hoffman, 81, of New Holland, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014, at Pleasant View Retirement Community, Manheim, where he resided for three years. Born in Lancaster and raised in New Holland, he was the son of the late Martin and Bessie E. (Hartranft) Hoffman. He was the husband of the late Pauline J. (Leaman) Hoffman, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage.
Known for his positive attitude, civic enthusiasm and sense of humor, Harry enjoyed meeting people and good conversation. These traits prevailed even as health issues reduced his capabilities.
A member of the New Holland High School Class of 1950, Harry began employment with the New Holland Farmers National Bank and Trust Company following graduation. He held a variety of positions during his 45-year banking career and retired from successor Dauphin Deposit Bank in 1995. Harry also was a member of the Lancaster Chapter, American Institute of Banking.
An active member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, New Holland, for more than 60 years, he served as Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent, Communion Steward with his wife, Consistory member, Deacon and Elder. For many years, he scheduled teachers for the 9:15 Sunday School Class.
A passionate supporter of the Boy Scouts, Harry joined as a Cub Scout in 1940 and, as a youth, advanced and earned the Arrow of Light, First Class and Explorer Silver awards. As an adult, he served in numerous roles including an Adviser for Explorer Post 348 and also helped organize the unit’s Adahi Indian Dance Team. He served as Committee Chair for Boy Scout Troop 48, New Holland for 38 years, and also helped manage the troop’s Scrap Drive (newspaper), a monthly fundraiser. His service was recognized with the District Award of Merit in 1985, The Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award in 2004, and the God and Service Award in 2010.
A Master Mason since September 1954, Harry was a member of Ephrata Lodge 665, Free and Accepted Masons, as well as the Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Consistory in the Valley of Reading, and Rajah Shrine, Reading.
Harry served as a member of the East Earl Township Planning Commission for 34 years and held the office of Vice Chair. He also was a member of the New Holland Jaycees.
He enjoyed walking and the outdoors, especially around his home of 54 years on the Welsh Mountains; American Indian lore; Colonial American and Civil War history; photography; bird watching; and spending time with his wife and family members.
Harry is survived by a son: Mark W. Hoffman, husband of Elizabeth (Showers) Hoffman, of Leola; a daughter: Pamela Hoffman Hebert, wife of Wayne Hebert of Ocala, FL; two grandchildren: Lauren E. Hoffman and Matthew W. Hoffman; and four nieces and three nephews.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Martin F. Hoffman from Ashland, KY.
The family expresses grateful appreciation to the staff at Pleasant View Retirement Community for the compassion and care extended to Harry while he lived there.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 22 at 10 a.m. at the Beck Funeral Home, 315 E. Main St., New Holland. Interment will be in the Ranck’s United Methodist Cemetery. A viewing will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, February 21 from 6 – 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 – 10 a.m
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Harry’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, www. alz.org; or the Pleasant View Retirement Community Benevolent Care Fund, 544 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545, www.pleasantviewrc.org. To send the family online condolences, please visit: