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Richard H. Hof

April 29, 2021

Richard H. HofRichard H. Hof, 93, Washington Island, Clayton passed away Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Hospice of Jefferson County.

Richard was born in Poughkeepsie on July 20, 1927, son of Henry P. and Eunice Fishcher Hof. He was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, Bliss Electrical School, Tacoma Park, MD, and attended Clarkson University.

On July 11, 1945 he entered the US Navy. He served on several ships, including the USS Eugine E. Elmo, USS Stafford, and USS Suesens and received the Victory and American Theater Medals. He was honorably discharged as a Seaman First Class on August 5, 1946.

Richard married Theresa Cheney on July 11, 1953 at St. Hubert's Church, Star Lake.

He retired as a Senior Customer Engineer for IBM, Poughkeepsie after 37 years of service to the company. Richard was Episcopal. He had been the Deputy Director for Orange County Emergency Management Office and was a 40 year member of the Goshen Fire Dept. He also was a member of the American Legion Colon-Couch Post 821 in Clayton. Richard enjoyed fishing, boating, and playing cards.

Along with his wife, Theresa, Richard is survived by his daughter and her husband, Barbara H. and Michael B. Bresnahan, Alexandria Bay; two grandchildren, Patricia "Patty" Bresnahan, Liverpool and Michael R. Bresnahan III and Jacque Sternberg, Glenwood Springs, CO; two great-grandchildren, Amelia and Chauncey, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His brother, Henry Merritt Hof, died November 2015.

A memorial service will be held at a time and date to be announced. As per his wishes, he will be donating his body for scientific research. Donations in his name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601 or St. Cyril's Church, 26 Walton St., Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#9 Margot P & David L 2021-05-14 16:22
We were so sorry to hear of Dick's passing. We didn't know him well but we knew by reputation that he was a good neighbor and friend. Our condolences to his family.
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#8 Dave & Lynda Burdick 2021-05-08 17:43
Our condolences & prayers to the family during this dificult time. Dick was a wonderful neighbor. We will miss him.
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#7 Anne & John Lefevere 2021-05-03 11:30
We were saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. Condolences to Terry, Barbara and family. He was a good neighbor, and we always admired his energy and abilities well into his 90’s. He will be missed.
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#6 Dean & Ann Chrissley 2021-05-02 20:15
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s death. He was such a kind, welcoming, intelligent man. We know he will be sorely missed. Hang on to the wonderful memories that have been made over these many years. Love, Dean and Ann
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#5 Rhonda 2021-05-02 16:51
Terry, Barb, Mike and family. So very sorry to have read this today. You have had a difficult year, I am so sorry for all of you ,losing two beautiful people in your lives. My thoughts are with all of you and you are and always are, in my heart. Love you all, Rhonda
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#4 Gordy Bailey 2021-05-01 19:59
So sorry to hear this. I have known Dick for about 6 years. He was a great friend. Sending prayers for for the family. Will miss him.
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#3 Valerie R Schwalm 2021-05-01 19:39
Terry and the Bresnahan family: Our condolences on Dick's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Val Schwalm
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#2 Joe & Mary Burnash 2021-05-01 15:48
We have been Dick and Terry's neighbors for over 25 wonderful years. Knowing Dick will not be there is very difficult for us, he always offered a good word with sincerity and a smile, he was a man we could always count on, he kept our little club together, to say he will be missed doesn't start to express our feelings. We send sincere condolences and our love to Terry, Barb, Mike and the entire family at this most difficult time.
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#1 Wes & Clover Gleason 2021-05-01 15:40
Barbara, Mike and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your father's passing. We will be keeping you and your family in prayer for peace and comfort at this time. Wes & Clover
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