Obituary — Alfred Emanuel Hoffmeister, Feb. 13, 1924 — Dec. 9, 2022
CONCORD, CA (Feb. 17, 2023) — After 98 years and 10 months, Al Hoffmeister passed peacefully at home on Dec. 9, 2022. He was a great husband, father and grandfather.
He was born and raised in New York City, the seventh of 11 children to parents Hannah and Charles Hoffmeister during the Great Depression. He was named after then-New York Gov. Alfred Emanuel Smith. A Yankees fan, he attended many games and loved big band music – Glenn Miller his favorite.
He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps (Air Force-sergeant) in World War II, working with B-17 in the India/China/Burma Theater. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from St. John’s University.
In 1959, he began at Kaiser Aluminum in Oakland, where his future wife Georgia Belle Davis was working. They married on Nov. 12, 1960. In 1962, they moved to Concord, raised their four children and remained since.
He retired from Kaiser in 1989, and after consulting, completely retired in 1993. He served as a baseball coach and on the Concord American Little League Board, an adult leader in YMCA Indian Guides, Concord High School Marching Band Boosters, Boy and Girl Scouts of America, and an original member of St. Bonaventure Catholic church, serving many years as usher, and on parish advisory councils and committees.
He was kind to all and quiet, but when he spoke, it was with wisdom and experience. He was humble, hardworking and honest. He was steadfast in his faith and to his family. He had battled and survived many accidents and illnesses, but the Lord did not call him home until he was past 98 and headed to 99 years.
He was loved by so many and holds a deep place in all our hearts. He’s at peace now and with his family in heaven.
Al was preceded in death by his mother Hannah, father Charles, and siblings Edwin, Bud, Frank, Bob, Catherine, Marie, Eileen, Margie and Betty. He is survived by his wife of 61 years Georgia, daughter Laura, sons Stephen, Thomas and Philip, nine grandchildren: Tessa, Hannah, Trent, Hope, Grace, Jacqueline, Johnathan, Matthew and Erik, sister Dorothy of Buffalo, N.Y., and many loving and special nieces and nephews.
Services were held.