In Memory

Mike Hoffman

George Michael "Mike" Hoffman Passed away peacefully in Berkeley, CA on August 26, 2017 with family and friends by his side. Mike is predeceased by parents Virginia Hoffman and George Patrick Hoffman. He is survived by sister Carol Simonini, brother James "Larry" Hoffman, nieces Angela Rome and Victoria Tulipani, and nephew Sean Hoffman. Michael was born on August 3, 1943 in Tampa, Florida. The Hoffman family moved to Marin County, CA in 1950.

Michael attended Redwood High School between 1958 - 1961 where he played football, basketball and track. He was inducted into the Marin Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2012. He attended UC Berkeley on a football scholarship where he played football and rugby. Some of his athletic achievements include playing on the Cal 1965 undefeated freshman football team and on the 1965 National Championship Cal Rugby team. His athletic talent for rugby allowed him to travel internationally and land a picture in sports illustrated. Michael graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in history that allowed him to pursue a career in teaching. His kind and giving nature was appreciated by many friends and family as well as the special education children he taught over the years.

Michael remained a Berkeley resident after college and adored his Berkeley community. He spent many years playing tennis and attending to his garden in Berkeley. We will be holding a casual celebration of life at the Berkeley Rose Garden on Saturday September 23, 2017 at 11:00. .

From his 2010 Redwood Athletic Hall of Fame bio:  Mike Hoffman: Athlete ’61 came to Redwood when it opened in ’58 and participated in three sports: football, basketball and track. He was a football player on the undefeated MCAL championship team at Redwood in 1959, recognized '58, First team all Marin County and All North Bay League and in '59, First team all Northern California-San Francisco Examiner. Mike was a three year starter for Coach Dick Hart on Redwood’s basketball team, Co-captain senior year and recognized as All-League in  Marin County. In track, he placed first in the 1960 MCAL finals in the High Jump.Mike attended University of California, played on the Undefeated California freshman football team and became a top rugby player, playing on the 1965 National Championship University of California Rugby Team. He was elected to the Marin County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
   As a Special Education Teacher,  he worked with emotionally handicapped children in the Oakland Schools and published a book titled Give Me a Push Mr. Hoffman.

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09/08/17 02:29 PM #1    

Susan Webster (Rebentisch)

To Mkie's family and friends ~ My heartfelt sympathies. We have lost another of our good classmates. RIP, Susan Webster Rebentisch

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