A little over a week ago I talked by phone with Nelson Hoffman who told me that his father, Charles Hoffman, had died Dec. 3.
Charles Hoffman and I have been friends over the past few years. We shared an enthusiasm for writing, poetry and storytelling. From time to time in good weather we sat out on a bench in front of Kellogg-Hubbard Library and talked or had a bite to eat in a local restaurant. On two or three occasions we got into a car and drove out of Montpelier to no place in particular — a shared ramble.
Charles had many friends in Montpelier and will be missed. In an upcoming issue of The Bridge, I will write about Charles in a more complete way. According to his son, Nelson, sometime this coming summer there will be a graveside service for Charles Hoffman with military honors at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center. As of this writing, no date for that service has been set.