James  E. "Jake" Hoffman
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  • James E. "Jake" Hoffman Memorial Fund
    PO Box 93
    Stoughton, MA 02072

Pause On Angels Wings by Charles D. Denler
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“Jake, whenever anyone saw you, you would brighten their day with your smile. I remember, when I went to visit your grave, I told you that sometimes...Read More »
1 of 112 | Posted by: Tia B - Stoughton, MA

“Happy Birthday Jake You are greatly missed by everyone. ”
2 of 112 | Posted by: Bob Barbell - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Jake, I just want you to know how much you are thought about. There is not a day that passes that I don't think about you. You will always...Read More »
3 of 112 | Posted by: Stephanie J. - Amherst, MA

“I know he is with you always...May you be reunited in Heaven for an eternity of love with your beloved son. ”
4 of 112 | Posted by: Eric Silva - Umass Parent

“Dear Dave and family, I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your son, Jake. I pray for your strength and healing. In Prayer, Ricki Titus Gordon ”
5 of 112 | Posted by: Ricki Titus Gordon - Orlando, FL

“We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Jake and the heart ache your entire family has to endure at this time... Jake touched so many peoples' lives...Read More »
6 of 112 | Posted by: Desrae and Craig Lepro - Easton, MA

“David & Anne, my deepest condolences for you and your entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. DJ ”
7 of 112 | Posted by: DJ McHugh - Houston, TX - Friend

“I did not know James Hoffman. He and I have Rolling Green residency in common. But, I am a parent and a retired educator and I feel such a sense of...Read More »
8 of 112 | Posted by: Andrea Battle - Amherst, MA

“Dear Dave and Family: My family and I are so sorry to hear about Jake. Even though we did not know him personally, we have heard, through friends, ...Read More »
9 of 112 | Posted by: Bob Kastner - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Dave and Anne and family, Dave, I worked with you many years ago at New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton. Its been a long time , but I...Read More »
10 of 112 | Posted by: Bill Walsh - MA - Friend

“Dear Mr and Mrs Hoffman, What a beautiful looking son Jake is .... Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers daily. May God's love give...Read More »
11 of 112 | Posted by: Sallie Newton - Barrington, RI

“David and Anne Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We pray all of your special memories will help you heal from this most...Read More »
12 of 112 | Posted by: Gina Molinari-Finn - Canton, MA

“Anne and David, I am so sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you and your families. ”
13 of 112 | Posted by: Mary Jo (Bradbury) Hinchliffe - MA

“I do not know you, but I know your pain. God bless you and God bless your dear son. Crying and praying for you and your family. ”
14 of 112 | Posted by: Jayne McCarthy - Berlin, MA

“Dear Hoffman Family. You don't know us but my twins Matt and Kirstein Bernstein knew you Loving Son Jake I grew to know him when he worked at Shaw's...Read More »
15 of 112 | Posted by: Michelle Loughran - Canton, MA

“Dear Anne, David, Nicole, and Riordan, I am so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Words seem inadequate at a time such as this. What a...Read More »
16 of 112 | Posted by: Doreen (Sullivan) Raboin - MA

“Like Jake, I was a Class of 2009 SHS graduate. Along the way, I remember him always being so friendly to everyone. You could see that he had a spirit...Read More »
17 of 112 | Posted by: Lauren Soares - Stoughton, MA

“Dearest Hoffman Family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the death of your beautiful son Jake. There are no words that can relieve the pain...Read More »
18 of 112 | Posted by: Darlene (Gibson) Hazelton - MA

“I consider myself so lucky to have been able to babysit for Jake, Nichole and Riordan as young kids. I knew even then that he was going to be an...Read More »
19 of 112 | Posted by: Keri (Getchell) Piazza - FL

“Dear Dave and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are so very sorry for your loss. Theresa and Steve...Read More »
20 of 112 | Posted by: theresa mccaffrey - stoughton, MA

“Our hearts ache for your loss. May the love of memories console and comfort you. May the strength of family and friends help lesson the sadness that...Read More »
21 of 112 | Posted by: The Sharples Family

“To the Hoffman Family, We are so sorry for your loss, of Jake your Son and Brother. He is an Angle now looking over all of you. He will always be...Read More »
22 of 112 | Posted by: Arlene Chisholm - Stoughton, MA

“My deepest condolences go towards the Hoffman family. Jake was a wonderful young man to coach and it was my pleasure to have had the opportunity to...Read More »
23 of 112 | Posted by: Kalon Jenkins - Weymouth, MA

“Thinking of you Jake forever and on in heaven. ”
24 of 112 | Posted by: Katie Schylander - East Boston , MA

“Dave and Ann and Family, PLease accept my deepest condolences for your loss of your son. Words can not express your pain and loss my the lord be...Read More »
25 of 112 | Posted by: Carl Bechet - Plainville, MA

“To All the Hoffman’s, I know there are no words that can be said to diminish your sadness but as you can see through all of these posts there...Read More »
26 of 112 | Posted by: Paul Galanis - Mansfield, MA

“Dave, My heart goes out to you and your family. I also have a senior at UMass that lives off campus and I followed the story and just realized now...Read More »
27 of 112 | Posted by: Rick Devaney - Norwood, MA

“Sending my deepest condolences to the friends, family, classmates and anyone else you ever came in contact with Jake- everyone is feeling the loss....Read More »
28 of 112 | Posted by: Chloe

“My heart & prayers go out to your family at your time of loss. I did not know Jake or his family, but I was riding thru stoughton and saw all the...Read More »
29 of 112 | Posted by: Sandra - Brockton, MA - None

“Hoffman Family, Sending our deepest Condolences in your time of mourning. Jake was not only a classmate, but a dear friend. I will remember him...Read More »
30 of 112 | Posted by: Tim Manning Jr. and Manning Family - FL

“Tomorrow is the beginning for all of you to start saying so long to a fine young man for now. Although I may have met Jake a few times while...Read More »
31 of 112 | Posted by: Murphy

“I am so sorry for your loss. . He is friends with my son Matt and I had the pleasure of knowing him thru Stoughton High School. He will always be...Read More »
32 of 112 | Posted by: Donna Prisco - stoughton, MA

“Hoffman family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please extend my condolences to your family ...Read More »
33 of 112 | Posted by: Donna DiMatteo-Mckeown

“Anne, David, Nicole and Riordan It's our deepest sympathy for the loss of the handsome young adult Jake. Your family is in our prayers during...Read More »
34 of 112 | Posted by: Dalia M. Louro-Lopes - Stoughton, MA

“To the Entire Hoffman Family, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Jake but he sounded like a wonderful young man. I would like to extend my...Read More »
35 of 112 | Posted by: Elaine Alden - Marlborough, MA

“Dave, Anne and Family, My deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of Jake. May you find strength and peace to get through this terrible time...Read More »
36 of 112 | Posted by: Sandra (Sweeney) Leonard - Erie, PA

“Dave, Anne & family, Our deepest sympathy are with your family it this time, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Carol, Jay, Robbie & Jeanna...Read More »
37 of 112 | Posted by: Carol DiStefano & Family - MA

“I am so, so sad to hear of the loss of this handsome young man I met when he was 4 months old. Dave and I worked together at UPS and I did cakes on...Read More »
38 of 112 | Posted by: Deb Jonasson - Wrentham, MA

“Dave, Ann, and family We are so sorry for the loss of your son Jake. May the strength of your family and friends help you through this. You are in...Read More »
39 of 112 | Posted by: John and Lisa Bonome - Hanover, MA

“David & Anne and family - you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
40 of 112 | Posted by: Mary Theresa & John O'Connor - MA

“Dave & family I am so sorry for the lost of Jake Faith,family ,& friends will help not just today...Read More »
41 of 112 | Posted by: Richard Mercier - Riverside, RI

“I do not know your family but feel your grief...may your memories Jake bring you comfort in these hard times... ”
42 of 112 | Posted by: Nicole - stoughton, MA

“Dave, Anne, Riordan and Nicole, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this moment of sorrow. Evangelista Family ”
43 of 112 | Posted by: Evangelista Family - MA - Friend

“Dear Hoffman Family, Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Jake. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Krueger Family ”
44 of 112 | Posted by: The Krueger Family

“I was a close friend of Jake's and lived next to him last year. Jake was an unbelievably loyal friend and he brought so much light and joy to the...Read More »
45 of 112 | Posted by: Hannah McGoldrick - Norfolk, MA

“Dear Dot and all the Hoffman family. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to all of you.May Jake rest in peace. A friend of Dot and Ed from...Read More »
46 of 112 | Posted by: Jean McGrath - Holiday, FL

“Dear Anne and Family, Words cannot adequately express the sadness that we feel for you at this time. We hope that knowing the love and prayers of...Read More »
47 of 112 | Posted by: Kevin and Sue O'Brien - MA

“Anne, Dave Riordon and Nicole, Our thoughts and sympathy go out to you all. You have been in our thoughts every day. Jake came from such a...Read More »
48 of 112 | Posted by: Malorie Butera - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Ann, Dave, Nicole and Riordan, We are praying for you all at this most difficult time of your life. No words can express our sympathy for the...Read More »
49 of 112 | Posted by: Elizabeth Dalton - Stoughton, MA

“I will always remember Jake on the baseball field. A great player. Always happy. Just a nice nice kid. Someone who when you crossed paths with him,...Read More »
50 of 112 | Posted by: Paul Barton

“I can vividly remember my first encountered with Jake and the Hoffman family. I was just in High School and needed money and decided to ref for the...Read More »
51 of 112 | Posted by: Matt Bernstein - Bridgewater , MA

“Dave, Anne, Nichole, RIordan Our thoughts and prayers are with you. While reading the various posts from Jake's friends that are circulating, it is...Read More »
52 of 112 | Posted by: Peter & Amanda - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Anne, David, Nicole, Riordan and all of Jake's extended family, We have known Jake since kindergarten. Through the years it was joyful...Read More »
53 of 112 | Posted by: The Bouffard Family - Stoughton, MA

“Dave and Anne: My deepest sympathy goes out to you and the Hoffman family for your tragic loss. ”
54 of 112 | Posted by: Larry MacDonald - Wilmington, MA

“To the Family of your cherished son Jake Words are insufficient to express feelings Of your loss of your son ,nephew , brother and grandson. Our...Read More »
55 of 112 | Posted by: Carla & Rob Goodwin - MA

“ann, dave, nicole & reirdon, our thoughts and prayers are with yoi. ”
56 of 112 | Posted by: paul & toby barbell

“Dave, Anne, Nicole, and Riordan, words are inadequate at a time like this. We are saddened by the loss and offer our heartfelt sympathies. May the...Read More »
57 of 112 | Posted by: The Morris family - Stoughton, MA

“We are so very sorry for your loss. You raised such a fine young man. I can remember the numerous times he would come to the house and walk in with...Read More »
58 of 112 | Posted by: Noralee Curtis - Stoughton, MA

“David, Anne, Nichole and Riordan We are very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We hope you...Read More »
59 of 112 | Posted by: Ben, Emily, Ethan, Brett and Olivia Hoffman - MA

“Dave, Anne, Nichole, and Riordan, Pam and are are saddened beyond words at your tragic loss. Jake was one amazing young man. Everyone who ever...Read More »
60 of 112 | Posted by: Mark Snyder - Stoughton, MA

“Dave and family, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. It seems that Jake had touched the lives of many others in his lifetime, and you have my...Read More »
61 of 112 | Posted by: Terry (Horigan) Dayian - Sandwich, MA

“Dear Anne, My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this time of unthinkable loss and grief. Please know that you are in our thoughts and...Read More »
62 of 112 | Posted by: Marybeth Pepin

“Dear David and Anne, Our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of Jake. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow....Read More »
63 of 112 | Posted by: Mary O'Brien - Naples, , FL

“We want to extend our deepest sympathies. Our son, Matt Dornfeld, thought the world of Jake. Please know that your son touched the lives of others...Read More »
64 of 112 | Posted by: Ellen and Scott Dornfeld - FL

“David, Ann, Nichole and Rhiroden, Tried to write something, over and over and there is nothing that we can say to ease your pain. Our hearts break...Read More »
65 of 112 | Posted by: Theresa and Joe Cardoso and family - MA

“Dave, Anne and family, Words can’t express the sorrow we feel for your loss. Jake was a great kid who came from a great family, we have so many...Read More »
66 of 112 | Posted by: The Conti's - stoughton, MA

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. ”
67 of 112 | Posted by: The Pitman's - Millis

“Dave, Anne, Nichole & Riordan, As I stare at a blank screen to write, there are no words that can express my sorrow. Your family has a special...Read More »
68 of 112 | Posted by: Paul McKeen - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Anne and David, We offer our deepest condolences to you and your family for your loss. Please know that Joann and I will keep you all in our...Read More »
69 of 112 | Posted by: Mark and Joann Seery - Kailua, HI

“stoughton has been hit hard with the loss of 3 of our children over the past few months.. so sorry to hear of jakes passing..jake and ned had...Read More »
70 of 112 | Posted by: cathy barotn - stoughton, MA

“Dear Hoffman Family, My grandson Ryan Fay went to school with Jake. I heard the tragic news and I want you all to know that there are so many people...Read More »
71 of 112 | Posted by: Pat McBride - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Dot, David and Anne, We are so sorry to find out about this tragedy. I can remember your Dad being so proud and speaking so fondly of you...Read More »
72 of 112 | Posted by: Kathy and John Dwyer

“I wish to send a prayer to all of Jake's family. Such a young life taken so tragically is difficult to understand. I hope that with the support of...Read More »
73 of 112 | Posted by: Nancy Novak - Port Charlotte, FL

“Anne, Words can not express my sorrow for the death of Jake, for you and your family. I will keep you an family in prayer. I can only comfort with...Read More »
74 of 112 | Posted by: Theresa Morese - Mendon, MA

“Dear Anne and family, We are many many miles apart right now but I want you to know how my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time....Read More »
75 of 112 | Posted by: Hope - Cousin

“Dear Hoffman Family, My deepest condolences. Jake's smile was infectious. And I never saw him without a smile on his face. I'm truly saddened by...Read More »
76 of 112 | Posted by: Chris Tomasini - Amherst, MA

“To All the Hoffman Family Words cannot express how sorry we are. Jake always had a smile and wonderful way of making your day brighter.He will be...Read More »
77 of 112 | Posted by: Donna Perry - Thorndike , MA

“To Hoffman family Our deepest sympathy goes out to your family know that your in our prayers during this hard time may the happy memories get you...Read More »
78 of 112 | Posted by: Lisa Catalano-Robertson - Warsaw, NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. No words can express the sorrow we all feel. So sorry for your loss. ...Read More »
79 of 112 | Posted by: John Quattrucci - North Easton, MA

“Dear Hoffman Family, I had the privilege of meeting Jake a few times when I was with my daughters. I must agree that his smile would light up any...Read More »
80 of 112 | Posted by: Pat Gately - Stoughton, MA

“Dave, Anne, Nichole & Riordan, We are so sorry for your loss! Anyone who has had the good fortune to know Jake is a better person for it! We will...Read More »
81 of 112 | Posted by: The Goldberg Family - Stoughton, MA

“Jake was a constant friend to my daughter, Sydney, a friend that touched her heart and impacted her life profoundly. In my gratitude, I consider Jake...Read More »
82 of 112 | Posted by: Laura Fiorentino - Pitman, NJ

“Dear Hoffman family, Our son Kyle Brown is a UMass student and had the good fortune to become friends with Jake. It is evident that those who...Read More »
83 of 112 | Posted by: Doug and Geri Brown - Boulder, CO

“So sorry for your unimaginable loss. Mark and I never had the privilege of meeting your beautiful son, but if he was anything like you Dave, he was a...Read More »
84 of 112 | Posted by: emily bettencourt - brockton, MA

“Dave, Anne, Riordan, and Nichole, It is impossible to find the words to express our sorrow for your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts...Read More »
85 of 112 | Posted by: The Ledin Family, Jeff ,Susan, David, Ashley, Mandi, Jeffrey Jr. - MA

“David and Family, My sincere condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. may Jake rest in peace and may you and your family...Read More »
86 of 112 | Posted by: Diane (Sferrazza) O'Brien - MA

“i AM SO SRY FOR YOUR LOSS.. i DIDNT KNOW HIM BUT I FEEL YOUR PAIN.. AND JUST WANTED TO SAY SRY FOR YOUR LOSS.. MAY HE REST EASY!!!! ”
87 of 112 | Posted by: ANGELA - STOUGHTON , MA

“My sincere condolences to the Hoffman family. Words cannot even express how sorry I am that this has happened. Jake was such a good kid, always...Read More »
88 of 112 | Posted by: Christina (McKay) Cochrane - MA

“Anne, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family. Words can not express the sadness. May Jake rest in peace. Thinking...Read More »
89 of 112 | Posted by: Jane Lin

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time. The Ciampa Family Darice, Chris and Scott ”
90 of 112 | Posted by: Darice - NC

“Dave, Ann and family, So sorry for your unimaginable loss. Mark and I never had the privilege of meeting your beautiful son, but if he was...Read More »
91 of 112 | Posted by: Terry McGunagle Kelly

“David and Family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss, I never met Jake but if he was anything like his Father then I am sure he was a great person...Read More »
92 of 112 | Posted by: JO Anne (DoDo Bagtaz) Gambrazzio - MA

“Anne and David: My heart goes out to you and your family. May Jake rest in peace. With deepest sympathy, Andrea Brawders ”
93 of 112 | Posted by: Andrea Brawders - Stoughton, MA

“Dear Ann and Dave Words cannot even begin to express how sorry we are to hear about this overwhelming tragedy. We did not have the pleasure of...Read More »
94 of 112 | Posted by: Joanne & Bob DiFrancesco

“Dave, Anne, Nichole & Riordan, Words seem inadequate to express our deep sorrow and the heartfelt condolences we feel for your unimaginable loss...Read More »
95 of 112 | Posted by: Kathy Derochea - Stoughton, MA

“Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with your family from across the miles...John Heuser Jr and family, Mary Hanson and family, Terry Barranco...Read More »
96 of 112 | Posted by: The Families of Aunty Gennie and Uncle John Heuser of California - TN

“To the Hoffman Family: I am a UMASS Parent and the Parent of twin sons ( Kevin and Ryan ) who have had the pleasure of knowing Jake. He sounds...Read More »
97 of 112 | Posted by: Hilda Magalhaes - Westport , MA

“To the Hoffmans, I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Words can never come close to expressing how heartbroken we all are, but I want you to know what...Read More »
98 of 112 | Posted by: Tricia Hooper - Amherst, MA

“Gail and I are sorry to hear about Jake's passing. Gain strength from each other. We are thinking of you. ”
99 of 112 | Posted by: Alan Ferman - Alpharetta, GA

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to your family. We are so very sorry for your loss of a great young man.Our prayers an thoughts are with all of you...Read More »
100 of 112 | Posted by: Sincerely,Dave,Janice,Tom,Rob,Scott and Molly O'Neil - MA

“Dear Hoffman Family, You all were so kind to my late Dad "Ned" Murphy during his life time and at the time of his passing you continued to be very...Read More »
101 of 112 | Posted by: James Murphy - Randolph, MA

“Dear Hoffman family I am sooo very sorry to hear of Jake"s passing. I offer you my most heartfelt sympathy and condolences. Please know that even...Read More »
102 of 112 | Posted by: Ellen M Kearney - Fairview Park, OH

“Dear Dave, Ann, Nichole and Reardon, We are so very sorry about Jake. You are in our prayers. Please know that we have been thinking about you...Read More »
103 of 112 | Posted by: Mario & Gail Cardoso - Acworth, GA

“I remember going to school with the Hoffman's. They were all so nice and always had smiles on their faces. I wish I got to know them better. I just...Read More »
104 of 112 | Posted by: Melina Vallas

“I just heard the tragic news and want to say how deeply sorry I am. It was so unexpected, which makes it even harder on those who share your grief. I...Read More »
105 of 112 | Posted by: Missy Noe' - Stoughton, Ma, MA

“Words can not express my sympathies to this tragedy. With a heavy heart i will pray for all of you. I havent seen Jake in many years... what a...Read More »
106 of 112 | Posted by: nancy bechet - taunton, MA

“Sending your family heartfelt and deepest sympathy. I have two sons at UMass Amherst as well.....my heart is very heavy for all of you with your...Read More »
107 of 112 | Posted by: Christine DeLugan - Norwell, MA

“Anne & David, Words cannot express my heartfelt condolences. I am so sorry... I hope you find comfort in knowing that Jake is smiling down from...Read More »
108 of 112 | Posted by: Christine Lott - Stoughton, MA

“May God Bless his soul and comfort and console you and your family through this tragic and difficult time. Our deepest Sympathy, Joe & Julia...Read More »
109 of 112 | Posted by: Joe & Julia Polillio - Denville, NJ

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. ...Read More »
110 of 112 | Posted by: evelyn st.germain - bridgewater

“Dave and Anne, I am so sorry for your loss. Jake has always been a shining light and now he shines even brighter. Love to you all, Dawn ☮♥ ”
111 of 112 | Posted by: Dawn Carr - Brockton, MA

“Words can not express my sympathies to this tragedy. With a heavy heart i will pray for all of you. I havent seen Jake in many years... what a...Read More »
112 of 112 | Posted by: nancy bechet - taunton, MA


James E. "Jake" Hoffman, 21, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 21, 2013 in Amherst, MA after being caught in a house fire. He was the beloved son of David M. and Anne (Morrissey) Hoffman of Stoughton. Born in Stoughton, he was raised and educated in Stoughton and was a graduate of Stoughton High School, Class of 2009. While at Stoughton High, he was a member of the Soccer Team and was elected Captain his senior year. Jake was a Senior at University of Massachusetts at Amherst at the time of his death. While at UMass, he was a member of MESIBA Team, the Club Managers Association of America and was the Vice President of the Jewish Student Union. An avid sports fan, he was a kind and caring man who in his free time enjoyed fundraising for different foundations and donating his time to anyone who needed it.

In addition to his parents, Jake is survived by his sister Nichole C. Hoffman and his brother Riordan J. A. Hoffman both of Stoughton. He was the grandson of Dorothy (Hannaway) Hoffman of Stoughton and the late Edward Hoffman, James J. Morrissey and Bernice (Hill) Morrissey. He was the great grandson of Edward C. Hoffman of Canton. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral Mass will be held in the St. James Church, 560 Page St., Stoughton, on Saturday, January 26 at 10 AM. Visiting Hours will be held in the Farley Funeral Home, 358 Park St. (Rt.27) Stoughton on Friday from 3-7 PM. Interment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Stoughton. Donations in his memory may be made to the James "Jake" Hoffman Memorial Fund, PO Box 93, Stoughton, MA 02072.