- 79 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 16, 1935
- Date of passing: Jul 11, 2014
|Let the memory of David be with us forever|
"I sadly learned of the passing of Dave. My father (Charlie Avedisian) was exceptionally fond of him. They met at Horace Mann School where my father was the head football coach and Dave was a student. My father was like a sort of surrogate father to Dave during those formative years, and for the rest of my father's life he and my mother valued Dave's friendship until my father died in 1983. My father was always pleased with Dave's visits when Dave would drive up from New York City (in a sort of jeep-like vehicle) and visit our house in New Britain, CT. in the 50s-60s. And Dave was so gracious to let my father stay at his house in Westport for a few years when my father worked in Darien, CT. Dave took an interest in me when I was young (he even came to see me play a high school football game one time in 1967, and I remember fondly the dinner just he and I had after the game). I last had contact with Dave when I spent a sabbatic leave in Providence, RI in 94/95 and Dave had contacted my mother while passing thru. I am sorry we did not get together.
I thought about Dave over the years, wondered what he was doing, knew that he had married and whe relocated to Arizona, then regrettably lost touch. He was more south of my parents' generation and north of me but I am still grateful for the interest he showed in me. I still have the copy of 'Free Gold' that he gave to my father. I will cherish those early memories and knowledge that he was so beloved by my dad. With Dave's passing an era has ended but we are thankful for the memories that remain behind."
"Dave, We miss the daylights out of you. We thought of you as we went on the Needles Hwy., and the Badlands, SD. We saw a whole lot of Hoffmanizers:) Love Pam and Michael"
"Dave... you set the path I walk as Maurine counsels me and is a wonderful example for me in being able to cope with my own dear husbands failing memory. My daily steps are stronger because of you and her. Your love and life together is a beacon in the darkness of having a loved one slowly diminish being."
"Happy Birthday to the love of my life. I miss you but I feel you all around me every day. I know that you are watching over me just as you did when you were here with me. Love never dies."
"Still miss you, Dave! What fun times we all had!"
"I only met Dave a few times and never knew what all he had done until after he was gone and heard stories. As you know love does not fade, but only grows stronger, memories may fade, but not the love you shared with Dave. It is eternal, as is Dave."
"I never had the chance to meet Dave but I remember when you first met each other. I was so happy when you both married. It was, to me, a second chance at finding true love. I'm so sorry for your loss. You are a sweetheart and loving cousin. I can only imagine Dave through the pureness of love in your heart."
This is so beautiful. It is obvious from all these tributes to Dave, he was an extraordinary man and what a beautiful smile he had. I wish I had known him. What a blessing to have had such a man in your life. I think of you every day and can't wait for you to return to CT, so I can give you a big hug. With love to you and your family, Lorraine"
"Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave, I've read the tributes of so many lives touched by his intellect and his spirit. Clearly, he will be missed by his loved ones, and by a world touched so positively by his life. My prayers are with Maurine and her entire family at this difficult time."
"George and I feel honored to have attended Dave's Memorial Service this morning. Someone quoted " A menu is not the meal". Although we knew Dave through Maurine, we now feel we know the true "meal" of Dave thanks to the heartfelt musings of Maurine and her daughters. And Oak Creek Canyon will always make us smile thinking of Dave.
(thanks to Cyndy)."
"Maurine, Dave was blessed to have you for a wife.
Look for something positive in each day,even if some days you have to look a little harder. Let the challenges make you strong."
"David spent some of his last years with us at the Sedona Sunrise Center and kept us entertained with his stories and accounts of his travels all over the world, art, opera, history, animals, and gems and minerals. He loved tea and he and Maurine would take our participants and staff to the local tea house for scones, little sandwiches, and tea. He participated in our activities...art projects, exercise, singing, and caring for plants even though he probably didn't want to do everything!
The last time I saw David he was in his recliner at Country Care with his feet up and the biggest smile on his face. I shall always remember David and the care that Maurine gave him."
"The world has lost a truly great man. I loved having conversations with Dave because he had all the answers, and his sense of humor was unmatched! I never drink a cup of tea without "seeing" Dave in my mind walking slowly around Aunt Nellie's home with his cup and saucer.
My funniest memory of Dave was when Antoinette, Landon, Maurine and I went out to eat, and Dave was on the Atkins Diet. He talked about what he could eat, and once he started talking about the cheese, the inflection in his voice was so funny. He said he had eaten three pounds of cheese that day, and in his unhurried voice he said, "And THAT'S a LOT of CHEESE!" It was so funny, maybe only to me, but I'll never forget it!
Dave was a kind, loving, intelligent and gentle man who will be greatly missed by us all. Our love and prayers are extended to Mar and her family.
We love you, Dave and Maurine!
Rocky and Bobbi"
"Deepest symphathies, Maurine. May David rest in peace and God give you peace as well."
"I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, Maurine. I never knew David, but Antoinette spoke so highly about your marriage and the kind of man he was. You are in my prayers, Sharon"
"I remember Dave lying on the floor of Grandma's house with his legs pulled over his head, saying something like: "I just need to do some stretches to stop sweating. I just biked to Casas Grandes and back and hiked the Montezuma." He showed us the way in physical fitness and brought refreshing variety to our family. He was generous, kind, peaceful. He will be missed."
"I'm so sorry about the loss of my brother-in-law. Dave was a very good man, very peaceful to be around, and I appreciate so much the way he treated and took care of my sister Maurine. He was very knowledgeable, always willing to share of his expertise. I enjoyed talking with him about mining and minerals. We enjoyed his visits in Mexico, he was always respectful of my mother, overall a gentleman and a very nice person."
"Uncle Dave is a brilliant, kind, generous and loving man. He always made us laugh and had a smile to share ! My older children have great memories of hikes, learning about rocks, stories, and what kind of stick really makes a great walking stick! Always a gracious man...genuinely grateful for your presence. He loved his family and he will be dearly missed!"
"Maurine, l'm so sorry about your loss. Dave was quite a man! He had that "steel trap" mind! And it was a mind of his own! Thank heaven for such a man! Much love to you at this time, Susan"
"Thinking of you Maurine and my heart goes out to you with my
love and sympathy."
"Stan has fond memories of hiking and geologizing with Dave in Sedona. We miss his kind and ready smile."
"Sorry to hear about Dave Gwen and I send our love
"I knew Dave only through my friend, Sasi, sadly having missed an opportunity to meet him the one time he was in Houston. Nonetheless, through Sasi I learned he was an erudite person who enriched other's lives and, most importantly, was the epitome of kindness and generosity of spirit. My condolences to Maurine, Sasi and all who loved him. I sincerely hope there is excellent tea on the other side."
"I treasure the time I have spent with Dave and Maurine over the years - they have always been exceptionally warm and welcoming to me. The memory of Dave that I would like to share involves his love of food and travel - but mostly food. On a trip to Hawaii with Dave, Maurine, and Diana in 2004, I recall Dave being so very excited about eating as much mochi as he could find, and in as many flavors as he could find.
I was raised in Texas and had no idea what mochi was - but I learned from Dave. Two years later while I was in San Diego with Diana we went to a Thai festival where we participated in an activity where we learned to make mochi. It was a great experience involving a giant mallet and Thai women in the community who showed us how to form the mochi. I was very excited about taking pictures of every step of the process to show Dave so that I could share this experience with him (even if just through photos) because he would have loved to participate as well. He had an insatiable appetite for food, culture, and education.
Much love to Dave and Maurine for sharing so much with me, and for their loving, warm, and generous spirits.
Ken and I are so sad to read of Dave's death. We remember so many good times with you and Dave! Remember the time we drove into NYC at Lincoln Center and we locked the car while it was still running? I remember Dave teasing me about knowing all the good bakeries. We remember him telling us about the great education he received as a young boy roaming the halls of the New York Museum of Natural History. We love reading the wonderful tribute to Dave in his obituary and we are so grateful for his and your friendship through the years.
You took such loving and tender care of him! We send our love and sympathy to you and your family."
"Sister Hoffman, please accept my deepest sympathies for your great loss. I remember Dave so well of course, puttering around your beach house in Westport and presiding over the dinner table on those many nights during high school when I came over to hang out with Dee and ended up being made to feel a total part of your family by Dave especially. What a wonderfully hospitable and gracious man he was...I share your sorrow having lost my dad 6 months ago, and my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.."
"Oh, my, what a wonderful man was David. A man of honor, integrity, commitment, and decency exhibited by actions alone, not bluster. He was generous, understanding and tolerant. His appetite for the finer things of life was as prodigious as his appetite for food.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and were close to him. His crowning glory is the manner in which he loved and showed respect and concern for my sister and her children and all of the Doe & Nellie Romney extended family which exceeds 100 members. It was a privilege to have him as a part of our family. We will all miss him. As my sister said, "Until we meet again.""
"Maurine, our hearts go out to you, and we thank you for the wonderful example you gave for all the tender care you gave to David. We know you will miss him greatly. Love to you."
"How blessed I am to have known and loved Dave Hoffman. He was a wonderful man and always so warm and welcoming. I had the opportunity to visit several times in Connecticut and be the recipient of his hospitality! I even had the grand tour to see his gun collection strategically placed throughout his home! Mar, you were well protected!
I remember sailing with him on the Long Island Sound and being introduced to the East Coast lifestyle. When he and Maurine moved to Sedona he could give me a geology lesson on all of the beautiful rock formations that he so enjoyed. He introduced me to British sitcoms, Are You Being Served? and Keeping Up Appearances. He so enjoyed the British humor and it was demonstrated by his fits of laughter while watching these shows.
Although Dave did not consider himself religious he lived all the tenets of most religions; honesty, loyalty, kindness, integrity, charity and morality. He never professed them he just lived them. I know my Dad who never knew Dave in this life met him with "un gran abrazo" for lovingly and unselfishly providing and caring for his daughter and granddaughters. We, the Romney family, were the lucky ones to have had our associations with Dave in this life. Dave, you have solved "the great mystery" as our tio Dave used to say. I am sure Mom, Dad, Meredith, Lurlene, Kelly, Jack, Mittie, Dave, Max, Beth, your Mom and Dad were there to greet you. Save us a spot in Heaven. You are where you belong with the very best! I will miss you. Until we meet again."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Ward and I enjoyed the many interactions with Dave especially when we talked about rocks and minerals. He always made me feel at home when I came over with a question about quilts."
"This is really neat. I am sorry that I did not have the chance to know David."
"I didn't get a chance to know David; but anyone who was loved
by a wife like Maurine had to be special."
"Dave was a one-of-a-kind guy, & will always be remembered as an extremely interesting person. For me, my strongest memories will be of his tall tales, tea, and enormous appetite"
We will miss Dave's presence and especially his smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Michael and I always enjoyed his interesting stories about so many topics and his jokes. I used to tell Dave he had a Cheshire grin. You never knew what was coming next (in a good way) when the grin appeared. You know we are here for you."
"Rie and I are thinking of you, Maurine. We're sorry we did not have a chance to know David."
"Forever in my heart!"
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