The ALS Association

He Never Blamed Anyone or Felt Sorry for Himself

Carol H. Jacksonville, North Carolina

Master Sargeant Terry Hoffman was born August 15, 1948 in Salisbury, North Carolina. He served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1969 -1989 and spent much of his career stationed in Jacksonville, N.C. After retiring, he continued to serve his community as Vice President of the local Fleet Reserve Association Branch 208, part-time instructor with Coastal Carolina Community College Continuing Education Department, and member of the First Baptist Church. He served his family in being a loving Husband and Father to his two sons. But he also provided guidance and support to many other children who were not his own, yet they all referred to him as “Papa Hoffman.” There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for someone if it was within his power to provide. He was diagnosed with ALS in April of 2011 and succumbed to the illness on June 20, 2012. He never blamed anyone or felt sorry for himself. Knowing how hard it was for friends to handle his condition, he always tried to put them at ease with humor. Even after loosing his voice, he conveyed this through his computer. He served his country and those around him for over sixty years. The world is a darker place without him in it. We need to continue to fight for support to find out why our Veterans are being afflicted with this horrendous disease. -Loving sons, Michael & Bryan

 
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