Saturday, December 08, 2001

Obituary: Lawrence Hoffman, former Enquirer employee

By Rebecca Billman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Lawrence E. Hoffman, retired day composing-room manager for The Cincinnati Enquirer, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his home in Clifton.

        Mr. Hoffman, 67, began working for the Enquirer as a linotype operator after serving a printing apprenticeship at S. Rosenthal & Co. Inc., in 1958.

        He worked his way up to composing-room manager and retired after 40 years in 1998 to be a stay-at-home dad to his daughter, Rebecca, 10.

        “He really wanted an active part in Rebecca's life,” said his wife, Rosalind C. Florez. “That's why he retired — to go on field trips and do lunchroom duty.

        “His mission in life was service to his community and his message was always unconditional love,” his wife said. “He loved to be with people and enjoyed adventures and trying new things.”

        Mr. Hoffman took advantage of retirement to perfect his cooking and grilling skills. Last year, he won an award from Annunciation Church's “Taste of Annunciation” for his garlic mashed potatoes and turkey chili.

        An avid gardener and theatergoer, he also loved to travel, especially to Seattle, where he hoped to live one day, New York City and Charleston, S.C.

        After being diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung last June, he battled the disease with a positive attitude, complaining little about his treatment, his wife said.

        In addition to his wife of 14 years and daughter, survivors include two other daughters, Terry Khatib of Delhi Township and Lauren Florez Davis of Clifton; two sons, David L. Hoffman of Los Angeles and Matthew Davis of Clifton; and a granddaughter.

        Visitation is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Anderson, Baiter & Sahnd Funeral Home, 3412 Clifton Ave., Clifton. The funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Monday at Annunciation Church, 3547 Clifton Ave., Clifton. Burial is at Spring Grove Cemetery.

        Memorials: Cancer Family Care, 2421 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati 45219; or Hospice of Cincinnati, 4310 Cooper Road, Cincinnati 45242.


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