Jean Claire ‘Bud’ Hoff, 93, engineer, inventor, Ridgefielder’s father

Jean Claire “Bud” Hoff (Gus Hoff), 93, of Creedmoor, N.C, father of longtime Ridgefield resident, Geri Shay, her husband Terry and their children Dylan and Caitlin passed away peacefully on June 27th at home with his wife, Anne and eldest daughter, Meg by his side.

Mr. Hoff, born to Francis and Clare (Baer) Hoff on April 26, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan was one of four children all of whom are deceased.

Prior to retiring to N.C. in 1993, he lived in Stamford & Stratford, CT. He launched his working career in sales with Bohn Aluminum & Brass (MI), followed by Kaiser Aluminum (MI) and subsequently KBI (formerly Kawecki Chemical Company, NY & PA) where he worked from 1953 to 1985 as a Metallurgical & Chemical Engineer as well as Sales Manger. It was during his tenure at Kawecki Chemical that he invented the use of TIBOR wire for grain refining and phosphorous modification of master alloys. This process saved the aluminum industry money and expanded productivity and was patented in 12 countries. Mr. Hoff served as consultant to two master alloy companies in NY from 1986 until his retirement in 1991 and was well liked and highly regarded in his profession.

Bud received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Detroit in 1943. Mr. Hoff played on the basketball teams at both his high school and the university.

He had a great sense of humor and everything Bud did was for his family. He was an outstanding, loving and thoughtful husband. He loved spending time with his family and is remembered for always making time to play with his children and help with homework even after a very long day at work or business trip. He often said how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. He had a passion for Detroit’s professional sports teams and avidly followed hockey, basketball, baseball and golf.

Mr. Hoff is survived by his daughter, Geri Shay, her husband Terry and their children Dylan and Caitlin of Ridgefield. His loving wife of 66 years, Mary Anne (Ronan) Hoff, their three other daughters and two sons also survive Mr. Hoff. His eldest son, William Hoff, predeceased him in January 2012 and an infant daughter, Mary Angela in 1962. Also surviving him are eleven other grandchildren, five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on July 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm at St. Francis Roman Catholic Church, 11401 Leesville Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27613.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Hoff’s memory to St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church 804 West D Street, Butner, NC 27509 or St. Francis Catholic Church 11401 Leesville Rd, Raleigh, NC 27613.