Francis W. Hoffman Sr., 60, bricklayer and mason

October 08, 2004

Francis W. Hoffman Sr., a bricklayer and mason who was a recovering alcoholic, died of undetermined causes Oct. 1 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium on his 60th birthday. He was a resident of Butler.

Mr. Hoffman was born in Baltimore and raised in Gardenville. He studied bricklaying and masonry at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, graduating in 1965.

Mr. Hoffman had taught adult-education bricklaying and masonry courses during the 1980s at Eastern Technical High School in Baltimore County.

He attended Essex Community College and earned a bachelor's degree in education from Towson University in 1987.

A member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Mr. Hoffman recently celebrated 30 years of sobriety.

He enjoyed attending the symphony and ballet, and was particularly interested in the works of Impressionist painters.

Mr. Hoffman was a longtime volunteer at Chip House, a halfway house for recovering alcoholics in Charles Village, and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in downtown Baltimore.

He became acquainted with and eventually became a member of Fallston United Methodist Church, 1509 Fallston Road, after answering an advertisement for a handyman.

A memorial service for Mr. Hoffman, who donated his body to the state anatomy board, will be held at the church at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Survivors include a son, Francis W. Hoffman Jr. of Baltimore; a brother, Eugene Hoffman Jr. of Baltimore; and a sister, Jean Clark of Pompano Beach, Fla. His marriage to the former Nancy Carreira ended in divorce.

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