LONG BEACH - Long Beach resident Harold B. Hoffman, 89, passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2010, in a local care facility. The son of Harry and Ella (Mueller) Hoffman, he was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on Jan. 15, 1921. He grew up in Ohio where he graduated from high school.
He served his country during World War II as a member of the United States Navy. Following his military service he settled in California. There he obtained a college degree in business, owned and operated Hoffman's Music Store in El Centro, Calif., and later was an accountant for the Museum of Natural Arts in San Diego.
Mr. Hoffman was artistic in a variety of mediums. He painted, played the organ, wrote poetry, and took pride in his award-winning rose garden. His final accomplishment was writing his autobiography, "The Last Word," which he completed just this month. He had moved to Long Beach two and a half years ago from California.
Survivors include his wife, Marie, who resides in Long Beach; three daughters; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters; one stepson; six step-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Flonnie, and an infant daughter, Rebecca.
Following cremation he will be buried at El Camino Cemetery in San Diego, Calif. Local arrangements are by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea and his guest book is available at (www.penttilaschapel.com). Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choosing.