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Ex-commissioner Hoffman dead

May 23, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Former Washington County Commissioner Burton Richard Hoffman, who died Monday following a battle with cancer, will be remembered for his dedication as a public servant, John Corderman, a former Washington County Circuit Court Judge, said Tuesday.

Hoffman, a Democrat, was elected to the Washington County Commissioners in 1962 and re-elected in 1966. He was defeated in a run for state treasurer in 1970 but went on to be elected County Commissioner in 1974 and 1978.

During his terms in office he worked to promote tourism, recreation and housing for the elderly.

He helped pave the way for the purchase of the Hagerstown Regional Airport and the Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway.

"He brought a lot of common sense to his job as commissioner," said Corderman.

A longtime friend, Corderman said Hoffman treated people with respect.

"He was a successful person at the ballot box and a successful person in life," he said.

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Hoffman, who was 70 years old, died at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.

"I guess I'll remember him for the way he talked. He was always willing to talk and listen," said Ted Wolford, superintendent of the Washington County Highway Department.

Born in Hagerstown, Hoffman was a 1948 graduate of Hagerstown High School, attended Strayer College and in 1987 graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas. He later graduated from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas. In 1988, he earned a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry and Evangelism. He was a licensed minister.

Hoffman was survived by his wife of 34 years, J. Patsy Hoffman, and a son, Matthew Richard Hoffman.

While living in Hagerstown, Hoffman was president and owner of Hoffman Agency, Inc. and insurance company, real estate and auctioning firm.

"I have fond memories of seeing him stand in front of the courthouse calling out bids," said Corderman.

Corderman's last saw his friend when Hoffman came to Hagerstown for a visit in February.

He said Hoffman knew he was in failing health and wanted to see his family, friends and hometown once more.

"It was really terrific seeing him. He had a tremendous outlook on life," said Corderman.

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