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Burt Hoffman comes home

February 27, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

About 100 friends, family and former colleagues of Burt Hoffman gathered in Hagerstown Sunday for a reception to welcome the former four-term Washington County Commissioner back home.

Hoffman, who moved to Texas with his wife, Patsy, said he is in the advanced stages of cancer.

"The doctor said to bring him home now," Patsy Hoffman said.

He hadn't been back in the county for 15 years, he said.

"It's nice to be here and see everyone," said Hoffman, 69, a Hagerstown native.

He attended a family reunion on Saturday and plans to return to Duncanville, Texas, on Feb. 29.

"Hagerstown has grown a lot," he said.

Hoffman, a Democrat, was first elected in 1962 and then again in 1966. He was defeated in a run for state treasurer in 1970 and elected commissioner in 1974 and 1978.


During his tenure he worked to promote tourism, recreation and housing for the elderly.

"Politics gets in your blood," he said.

The former politician helped pave they way for the purchase of the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Marty Snook Park in Halfway.

He owned an insurance and real estate business in Washington County and has worked as a licensed appraiser and auctioneer.

Hoffman is a past president of the Maryland Association of Counties.

He and his wife relocated to Texas because of their faith, said Hoffman. They are members of the Faith Chapel church in Hagerstown.

"God spoke to us," he said.

While in Texas, Hoffman studied to become a licensed minister and is associated with the Memorial Assembly of God in Duncanville.

Hoffman also works as a salesman at Circuit City in their new hometown, he said.

He and his wife reminisced about his long political career during the party at the home of Gann Breichner on Oak Hill Avenue.

"This is just wonderful. I see people that I haven't seen in 40 years," said Patsy Hoffman.

Sylvia Mann and her husband Bob double dated with Burt and Patsy Hoffman when they were in their 20s, she said.

"It's great for him to be back again," said Sylvia as she and her husband looked over photo albums with pictures of the couples at different beaches.

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