Christopher L. Hoffmann, of West Granby, beloved husband of Jeanne (Pazik) Hoffmann, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 26, 1953, in Danbury, CT, son of the late Francis and Helen (Hanlon) Hoffmann.
Christopher grew up in Newtown, and was a graduate of Newtown High School. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1975 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and went on to earn his Master's Degree in 1977. Chris received his PhD in Metallurgy from the University of Connecticut in 1981. He began his career in 1982 at the Naval Research Laboratories in Washington D.C. and has worked for Combustion Engineering, ABB and currently Westinghouse Electric as a metallurgical engineer and consultant for over 28 years. He received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career for his significant contributions in the development of the nuclear power industry. One of these many accolades included an American Society of Mechanical Engineers award for nearly three decades of distinguished contributions in the field of metallurgical engineering for the advancement of nuclear technologies, particularly research programs which advanced materials technology for nuclear reactor designs. He was also recently inducted into the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Chris and Jeanne were married in 1979 and together they settled in West Granby, where they have raised their family for over 28 years. He was a brilliant man of quick wit who focused on his family and work. A kind, caring, honest and humble man, he will be missed dearly by all those who knew and loved him.
Along with his wife Jeanne of over 32 years, he leaves his children, Meagan (Hoffmann) Velgersdyk and her husband, Ryan of Elizabeth, CO, Stephen Hoffmann and Kevin Hoffmann both of W. Granby; his brother, F. Michael Hoffmann and his wife Lynn of Madison, WI; his sisters, Catherine Hoffmann of Hudson, MA and Elyse Hoffmann of Newtown, CT. He will be missed greatly by his mother-in-law, Jean Pazik of Enfield; and his sister and brother in-laws, especially, LeeAnn Littlejohn and her husband Michael of Enfield, Marion Pazik Zordan and her husband Gene of Burlington; and Robert Pazik and his wife Nancy of Carbondale, CO.
His family will receive friends on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, from 5 to 8 pm, at the Hayes Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at St. Therese Church, 120 West Granby Rd., Granby. Burial will follow in Granby Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please remember Chris with an act of kindness. Please visit us at www.carmonfuneralhome.com for online condolences.