The family writes –
Sam Hoffman, of South Orange, passed away on Thursday morning (November 23). Sam, who was 92 years old, died peacefully and surrounded by family at St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston.
Sam was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 5, 1925, to Abraham and Rose Hoffman. Abe and Rose, Sam and his older brother Edward moved to Brooklyn, New York when Sam was in his teens.
Sam served his country during World War II in the Seabees, the Navy’s construction battalion. Returning home from Hawaii after the war, Sam went to college, received an optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry, and eventually opened his own successful practice.
In 1955, Sam met Ruth Tobey at New York’s Brighton Beach. After a whirlwind six-week courtship, Sam proposed and the couple married in February of 1956. Their first child, Daniel, was born in 1957, and Allan followed in 1962.
Not long after Dan’s birth, the family moved to Iselin, New Jersey, where Sam and Ruth would spend most of their 51 years together (Ruth passed in 2007). In Iselin, Sam maintained a thriving optometry practice, served as president of the local Lion’s Club and—along with other members of the town’s burgeoning Jewish community—built Iselin’s first synagogue, Congregation Beth Shalom.
Aside from his professional and community activities, Sam was an avid tennis player, skier and figure skater. During the late 1980s, his love of sports led him to return to college for another degree; he earned an associate’s degree at Middlesex County College and received an academic achievement award upon graduation for a perfect grade point average.
After his retirement, Sam and Ruth moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where they lived for several years in an active senior community. Eventually, after the birth of their first grandchild, Ruby, the couple moved back north to spend more time with the family.
Sam is survived by his sons, Daniel of South Orange and Allan of Maplewood; his daughter-in-law, Dianne Rosky; and his grandchildren, Ruby and Levi (Dianne and Allan’s children).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.