Paul A. Hofmann

September 4, 1928 - February 9, 2004

09/04/1928 - 02/09/2004

Past Services

Saturday January 10, 2004
4:00 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1489 Laskin Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Paul A. Hofmann

VIRGINIA BEACH-Paul A. Hofmann, 75, formerly of Chestnut Hill Road, passed away surrounded by his loved ones on January 9, 2004 at the Seaside Health Center of Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach.

Born in Weinheim, Germany, Paul came to the United States in 1951. He was a professional civil engineer who spent most of his career working for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Dept. of Defense, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and Naples, Italy. Often recognized for his engineering designs, many of which remain essential and visible aspects of Naval facilities today, and for his contributions that improved Naval facilities in Europe, Paul retired in 1990 as the Director of the European Division. Early in his engineering career, Paul was involved in developing the 1968 master plan for the City of Raleigh, N.C. and taught engineering at N.C. State. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and an award winning Marksman and shooting instructor among other honors, Paul was the 1956 National Smallbore Rifle Marksman, and he also served on the coaching staff for the US Olympic Shooting Team in the 1960s. He was instrumental in establishing and supporting rifle and pistol shooting programs and gun clubs. Most notably the Rifle Marksmanship and Hunter Safety Course for the N.C. State College in 1959, and the Rowan Rifle and Pistol School in Salisbury, N.C. in the early 1960s. Paul was a leader in his community, serving his church, local schools, Parent-Teacher Associations, the Toastmaster Association, and other civic organizations-often in a leadership role.

Preceded in death by his loving wife, Lydia, Paul is survived by his five children: daughter, Dorothea "Dory" Hofmann of Virginia Beach; daughter, Cordelia "Coco" Wood and husband, James of Cocoa Beach, Fla; daughter, Angela Hofmann and husband, Anthony C. Skipper, Jr. of Alexandria, Va; son, Paul F. Hofmann and wife, Candice of New Bern, N.C.; and daughter, Sylvia Cole and husband, Dennis of Virginia Beach. A sister-in-law, Dorothea Vogel of Bad Durkheim, Germany. Four grandchildren: Erich and Allegra Hofmann of New Bern, N.C.; Cassandra Cole of Virginia Beach; and Catie Cole of Orlando, Fla. A sister, Louisa Hartman, and her husband, Ludwig of Weinheim, Germany; a niece, Lauretta Maccagni, her husband and four children of Milan, Italy; and a niece, Patricia Hartman, her husband and three children of Koln, Germany.

Pual’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to all of their friends, and to the doctors, nurses and staff at Seaside Health Center and Heartland Home Health Care and Hospice, for their assistance, support, guidance and empathy in caring for Paul. A loving father and generous soul, Paul will be greatly missed by his children, extended family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the American Parkinson Disease Association www.apdaparkinson.orgor to the Youth Fund at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1489 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, VA. 23451 757-428-4052.

A memorial service was held at 4p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2004, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. C. Marcus Engdahl, which included placement of his ashes in the church’s Columbarium. There is also an online memorial at

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Coco & James
8 years ago

We love you.

We think of you often and miss you very much.