Peter Murphy Hoffman

peter hoffman

June 9, 1941 ~ December 6, 2020

Hoffman, Peter M., age 79, of Englewood Cliffs NJ and Boca Raton, FLA, died on Sunday December 6, 2020. Born in Trenton, NJ, he was graduate of Rutgers University. He began his career with the Ford Motor Company in Labor Relations and retired as the President of SGL North America of Charlotte, NC. He was a loyal member of The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Theologian in Tenafly and St. Mark's Greek Orthodox Church of Boca Raton, Florida.

A life -long golf enthusiast who was always up for a good political debate, Peter was completely and selflessly dedicated to his wife and family. Beloved husband of 38 years to Helen (nee: Vrakas). Beloved father of Kathleen and Michael. Dear brother of Susan Cardinal and Charles and Susan Hoffman. Adored brother-in-law of Irene Vrakas and Joan and Jim Kafes. Cherished uncle of David and Michael Calligeros. He will be missed by many great friends.

The family will receive their friends on Thursday morning at the funeral home from the hours of 10- 11 am.


Visitation at Funeral Home: December 10, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Frank A. Patti & Kenneth Mikatarian Funeral Home
327 Main Street
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Final Resting Place: December 10, 2020 12:45 pm

Brookside Cemetery
425 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ 07631

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  1. Just thinking about Peter makes me smile. His quick wit always made being in his company a wonderful time. He will be dearly missed. Ellen DeBlois

  2. Dear Helen & Family, I grew up with Peter as a child and later worked with him at Great Lakes Carbon. Later I saw the the work he did for SGL America. He had an excellent reputation and was well thought of in the carbon industry for his leadership and fairness. I cherish the memories from the last 78 years. He was always fun to be with and a man I was always proud to call my cousin. You will be in Ginni and my prayers as you deal with his passing. Ed & Ginni Western, Kingston, TN

  3. I have many good memories of Peter. He was one of my favorites at SGL. He was a very fair person who cared about the employees. Blessings to Helen and family. Susan Gibbons

  4. Dear Helen, Susan, Charlie and all of Pete’s family, I have many happy memories growing up with Pete. He was a wonderful, happy cousin who always had everyone’s best interest at heart. The world will not be the same without him. Love, Helene Diskau

  5. I am so sad to hear of the passing of my lifetime friend Peter Hoffman. We shared lots of time together over the years. My best to my equally good friend Helen. My best to Kathy and Michael, who I never met, but heard so much about from their dad. May Pete’s soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Gerry Strohmeyer

  6. Growing up as part of a big Irish Catholic family, many of our fondest memories are of family gatherings and time spent with our cousins. Peter was tur second oldest cousin – older, bigger than us and handsome too – we were in awe of him as youngsters. He is the first of our cousins to be lost to us and we are deeply saddened by his sudden and unexpected death. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his beloved wife, Helen, and to his family and all those who knew him.

    The Spencer Sisters,
    Megan, Nancy, Christine, Kathryn and Amy

  7. My cousin Peter was six months younger than me. During WWII our families shared a house in Cranbury, NJ, across the street from a military contract poultry plant in which Peter’s parents and my father worked. My mother, a nurse, cared for Peter and his younger brother Charles as well as my two younger siblings and me during the day.
    There was rationing of food and gasoline….. no sweets, no treats, no trips. We kids didn’t care. Peter and I did everything together, behaving like brothers. I have such happy memories of my wonderful cousin.
    Our condolences to Helen and the entire family on their loss.

  8. To Peter’s family, please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences.
    I knew Peter through my career at SGL. He deeply impacted my career by transferring me from Niagara Falls, NY to Charlotte, NC in 1996. It was my first major relocation, plus it was a newly created position in a new business process. There were numerous “bumps” along the way, but I could always discuss them with Pete. He truly had an open door policy. I thank him for that!
    —Randy Kaczynski

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