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Robert L. Hoffman

February 22, 2022

Robert L. HoffmanRobert L. Hoffman, 89, Watertown passed away peacefully in his home on February 22, 2022.

Robert was born in Ecorse, MI to Leonard and Laura Hoffman. He attended Michigan State on a boxing scholarship and received his Bachelors in Psychology. He then received his Masters in Education from Pepperdine University.

He joined the U.S. Army April 24, 1955. Among his commendations were the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ 60 Device, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Silver Star, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm. He was honorably discharged on May 31, 1980 after 25 years of service to his country.

After retirement from the Army, Robert heeded the call to heal others. With a nursing degree from JCC, he joined the Peace Corps and practiced midwifery in Ecuador. Upon his return to the local area he was employed as an RN for Hospice and Hallmark Nursing Centre in Carthage, retiring in 1999.

As a longtime North Country resident, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed bicycling - traversing across the US several times, cross country skiing, running - including the Boston Marathon, or could be found on his motorcycle and sailboat or traveling across country in his Volkswagen Westfalia. Robert was a volunteer for Literacy Volunteers of America.

Robert is survived by his son Troy Hoffman and wife Ella Raya-Hoffman; daughter Rachel Hoffman and husband Andy Karpp; stepdaughter Bridget Velasquez and husband Luis; stepson Dan Nemlowill; 7 grandchildren; two sisters, Janice Bellefleur and Claudia Harjes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by wives Marie and Catherine; daughter Alison Hoffman; and sister Delores Jank.

A celebration of life or get together in his name will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Robert's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#3 William Hunt 2022-03-10 10:08
Bob was a nice guy, I'd stop and say hello once in a while. I remember him running on Fort Drum back in the late 70s winter time in shorts.
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#2 Marcie Shay 2022-02-25 12:10
Robert was a super duper guy. I enjoyed getting to know him and some of the family. My sincere condolences at this time of loss. Robert was a wonderful man, father, grandfather and friend – a great man who will be forever treasured in our hearts!
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#1 James Elder 2022-02-24 18:02
Had a nice bicycle ride, with this wonderful man, across Wolf Island. Also one from Irvine Ca. To South El Monte, Ca.
Will miss him dearly.
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