GALWAY — Dana E. Hoffman, 62, died at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 10, 2011, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
Dana was born March 10, 1949, in Waterbury, Conn., son of the late Eugene Joseph Hoffman of Waterbury, Conn., and the late Rita Fern (Anderson) Hoffman of Saranac Lake.
Dana grew up in Saranac Lake and loved the Adirondacks. He was a Boy Scout in Troop 9 and a member of the Peewee bobsled team, loved muscle cars, attended Saranac Lake Central High School, and served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969.
He graduated from North Country Community College in 1971 with an associate’s degree in science and from the College of St. Rose in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and computer science. He earned his commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings license in 1972. Throughout his career Dana worked for Control Data, Cray Research, NEC, Ohio State University and most recently IBM.
Dana most loved spending time at home with his wife, Cindy, and his dog, Rocky. He looked forward to his annual summer camping vacation at Fish Creek Ponds, boating, teaching his grandchildren how to water ski, traveling around the country in his RV, playing cards and Scrabble, working on cars and watching NASCAR racing.
Survivors include his wife, Cynthia M. (Quinlan) Hoffman, whom he married on Aug. 23, 2003; a daughter, Michelle L. Patnode (Mark Beaudoin) of Saranac Lake; two sons, Dana E. Hoffman Jr. of Plattsburgh and Daniel T. Hoffman (Karla) of Dayton, Ohio; two step-sons, Dylan G. Benosky of Galway and Morgan P. Benosky (Jessica) of Broadalbin; two brothers, Douglas L. Hoffman (Carol) of Lake Placid and Eugene J. Hoffman Jr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; one sister, Sandra A. Hoffman-Taylor (Michael) of Pittsfield, Mass.; 13 grandchildren: Brittany, Timothy and Jesse Hoffman of Plattsburgh, Gabrielle Patnode, Emily DeLancett, and Alex and Josh Beaudoin of Saranac Lake, Trey Sexton, Stormy, Skyler, Sunshine, Daniel, Karl, Rachel and Samuel Hoffman of Dayton, Ohio; father and mother-in-law, Chuck and Ruth Quinlan of Galway; six sisters-in-law: Pat (Jeff) Wood, Sandee (Michael) Meilunas, Theresa (Jeffrey) Kozlowski, Aimee (Ray) May, Roxanne (Perry) Lautzenheiser and Wendy Van Epps; two brothers-in-law: Charles Quinlan and Mark (Ann) Quinlan; many aunts and uncles-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his beloved dog, Rocky.
Arrangements provided by the Richard J. Ryan Funeral Home, 2034 West St., Galway. There will be no calling hours and burial will be private to the family. A memorial service for family and friends was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Hinds Road, Galway.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.