Funeral Details

Richard E. Hoffman

July 16, 1932 - July 31, 2022


Date and Time

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at 3:00 PM


Am Shalom
840 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
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Rabbi Harold Kudan
Am Shalom

Interment - Private


Am Shalom
840 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
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Following the service until 7PM.


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Memorial Contributions

Friends of the Jewish Chapel
at the United States Naval Academy
326 First Street, Suite 22
Annapolis, Maryland 21403
Am Shalom
840 Vernon Avenue
Glencoe, Illinois 60022
Habitat for Humanity of Lake County, Illinois
315 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Mount Sinai Hospital
1500 South Fairfield Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608

Understanding Shiva


Richard E. Hoffman, July 16th, 1932 - July 31st, 2022. Married almost 67 years to his great love Joanne nee Schurman. 1954 graduate of Syracuse University, Lieutenant United States Air Force, Boat Captain, Fisherman. He began his boating adventures as a boy in the waters off Long Island, and fished and cruised on his beloved Great Lakes with Joanne for over 45 years. He was involved in various philanthropic endeavors including many years on the Mount Sinai Hospital Board of Directors, serving two years as Chairman of the Board. He also volunteered for many years for Habitat for Humanity where he and Joanne made many close friends. They were among the founding members of Am Shalom in Glencoe. He didn't want a long obituary. He just wanted to be known as someone who always did his best. Son of the late Julia nee Levin and the late Abraham Hoffman. Brother of Joel Hoffman of Rye, New York. Brother-in-law of Norman (Harriet Leva) Beegun. Father of Marc (Michael Silverman) Hoffman, Mitchell (Sara) Hoffman and Matthew (Ellyn) Hoffman. Grandfather of Jacob, Joshua, Rebecca and Daniel. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the United States Naval Academy, 326 First St., Suite 22, Annapolis, MD 21403,, or to Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Ave., Glencoe, IL 60022,, or to Habitat for Humanity of Lake County, Illinois, 315 Martin Luther King Jr Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085,, or to Mount Sinai Hospital, 1500 South Fairfield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608, A memorial service will be held on Wednesday August 3 at 3:00 P.M. at Am Shalom, 840 Vernon Avenue in Glencoe. To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Dick for the tennis we played and for being a great listener. He'll be missed.

Barbara Saltzman
August 1, 2022
I volunteered for many years with Dick at Habitat for Humanity. He was always so positive and always willing to lend a hand to do whatever was needed. He was a great guy and his knowledge of how to do things was amazing. He will be greatly missed.

Norman Belew
August 1, 2022
From Nebagamon to Colorado College, from the North Shore to London and Jerusalem, my youth is forever filled with wonderful memories with the Hoffmans.

That will never change.

My thoughts and my heart are with you

Joel Kanter
August 1, 2022
I am standing upon the seashore.

A ship at my side spreads her white

sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her until at length

she hangs like a speck of white cloud

just where the sea and sky come

to mingle with each other. 

Then, someone at my side says;

"There, she is gone!" 

Gone from my sight. That is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull

and spar as she was when she left my side

and she is just as able to bear
load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. 

And just at the moment when someone

at my side says, "There, she is gone!"

There are other eyes watching her coming,

and other voices ready to take up the glad shout;

"Here she comes!"

Henry Van Dyke

My deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

Terry Brooks
August 2, 2022
I will always remember Dick as a big, strong force of nature with a wide, happy grin and a super-firm handshake. A life very well lived; my condolences to the Hoffman family.

Steve Mickel
August 3, 2022
Today we say goodbye, goodnight to a cousin, Richard (Dick) Hoffman.
To the man who miraculously hid the afikomen where no one found it easily despite it being in plain sight. To the man who always engaged in any conversation topic regardless of how controversial. To the man who always sat at the kids table. We will always have a piece of your heart in ours. You smiled. You laughed. You lived.

Barbara Chiprin
August 3, 2022
Dick Hoffman was a blessing and a gift to Habitat for Humanity Lake County. As a leader from Am Shalom in the Glencoe Interfaith Builders, he began his service to our organization in 2000. A joyful gift and legacy stemming from Dick was the creation of the “Habiholics”. This special crew of 4 people that enjoyed being in the Habitat habit, grew to include over 30 regular volunteers, greatly supporting our building program.
Eventually the “Habs” also supported our ReStore by picking up donations. Dick led demo crews to remove donations from homes and businesses for resale at the store. As senior residences started offering donations, Dick saw an opportunity to grow these donations and helped manage relationships with many of the major residences in the area.
Dick embodied the “building community” part of our mission and made serving joyful and fun. I enjoyed many Habiholic parties and picnics which included Joanne’s chili, carried in by Dick! A favorite memory is Dick dressing as Santa Claus at our holiday party! Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, new apartments and going away parties were all celebrated. Dick’s smile and joy at these events was abundant as he quietly observed God at work. And as Habs slowed down and became ill, Dick was there to visit and support them.
As Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Lake County, I appreciated Dick’s wise and effective business approach. He always made sure to connect with me when I saw him, asked good questions that made me think and offering suggestions for activities and solutions that worked. Best, is that he helped implement the ideas - quickly, quietly, and with a plan for the activity to continue through others. He was a true leader. Dick’s kind and humble approach welcomed everyone. I will always be grateful the Dick Hoffman was a part of Habitat for Humanity Lake County and of my life.

Julie Donovan
August 4, 2022