May 27, 1923 – September 27, 2012
With great sadness we announce the passing of Vernon Hoff, born in Newstead, Ontario May 27, 1923 passed away in Nanaimo, B.C. September 27, 2012.
Vern was raised in Seaforth, Ontario until the age of 18, then joined the army and for the next four years served in Africa, Sicily, Italy and Europe. Upon his return home he went to work at Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta where he met and wed his beloved wife Laurie. They returned to Seaforth where Laurie had two sons, then came to Nanaimo. Vern’s first work was in the woods, where they lived until he went to work for the City of Nanaimo where he remained for 30 years and retired as Service Centre Superintendent. Vern was a past president of the Nanaimo Fish and Game, past Exalted Ruler of the Nanaimo Elks, past District Deputy of The Vancouver Island Elks, past President of the British Columbia Elks and past Grand Exalted Ruler of The Elks of Canada. Vern organized, on behalf of the Elks, a Recreation Camp on Denman Island for under-privileged and handicapped children and managed this camp for 17 years, housing over two thousand children a year.
Vern is predeceased by his beloved wife, Laurie and two sons, Dwain and James. Vern’s interment will be beside his beloved wife, Laurie at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens. Vern will be greatly missed by his family and many friends across Canada. There will be no public service by his request.